Wow. I didn't know that the divorce of Mitt Romney's pal Tom Stemberg was this ugly
Multiple sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ ... during Tom's uber nasty divorce case with ex-wife Maureen, Mitt Romney gave a deposition and testified during the trial that Staples was worth virtually nothing. Romney testified that the company was worth very little and Tom was a dreamer and "the dream continues."
Romney characterized the Staples stock as "overvalued," adding, "I didn't place a great deal of credibility in the forecast of the company's future."
Partly as a result of Romney's testimony, Maureen got relatively little in the divorce, but we're told just weeks after the divorce ended, Romney and Tom went to Goldman Sachs and cashed in THEIR stock for a fortune. Short story -- Romney allegedly lied to help his friend and screw the friend's wife over.
And there's more ... Our sources say years later, Maureen, who suffered from MS and had multiple bouts with cancer, got a visit from one of Tom's guys, who gave her papers informing her that Tom was cancelling her health insurance. Our sources say the irony here is that we're told Tom was working as one of then Governor Mitt Romney's chief health care advisers.
Sources tell us ... Tom also got custody of the couple's one child, making allegations of abuse against Maureen. And get this ... in the mid-90s, after the divorce, Tom sent the boy a letter saying, although he loved him, because of issues related to the divorce "it will not be possible for you to be a part of our family for the foreseeable future."
Maureen lost her home in the process and struggled financially.
Am I inclined to believe this? Yes, but I'm hardly objective, since I "fell in hate" with Romney a long time ago. On the other hand, I never had anything against Staples. They stock a particular type of mechanical pencil I favor.
So far, it seems that Romney has gone on record
saying that he has no objection to the unsealing of those records. Stemberg apparently does. Far be it from me to suggest that Romney and Stemberg have discussed how best to respond to this matter...
The liberal Taylor Marsh considers this a case of "swiftboating." I cannot agree. Perjury is a serious accusation, and even an old
charge of perjury speaks to character. The infamous "forced haircut" bullying episode occurred during Mitt Romney's school days, yet the incident remains a legitimate topic of discussion.
focuses on the film that Maureen tried to make some years ago:
It seems that Maureen Sullivan Stemberg has been trying to get her story told—including the Romney angle—for several years. Four years ago, Dragon-Lion Media, a movie production company based outside of Los Angeles, announced it was making a documentary about her, with her cooperation. It issued a press release noting that this "first-time tell all tale of the interweaving relationships and strange bedfellow[s]" in her life would feature Romney, without specifying what role he would play. But Edmund Druilhet, the founder and CEO of Dragon-Lion Media, tells Mother Jones that Stemberg had discussed with him her belief that Romney had testified falsely to help Tom Stemberg during the trial. "She told me all about that," he says. And Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, who was tapped to be the writer on the documentary, says that when she was working with Maureen Sullivan Stemberg she read the Romney testimony and that Romney on the stand said that Staples at that time was just "a dream," and that stock in the company was not worth much. "That really stood out to me," Ranson-Polizzotti recalls. Maureen, according to Ranson-Polizzotti, firmly believed that Romney had lied on the stand to benefit her ex-husband.
includes a paragraph I don't understand...
"You have expert testimony about an investment that a presidential candidate made," Globe attorney Jonathan Albano told Judge Jennifer Ulwick on Wednesday. He said the public has a right to know what Romney said. Allred disputed the contention that Romney testified as an expert.
Why would she dispute that? Isn't it against the interest of Allred's client to dispute that Romney testified in his capacity as an expert witness? How could he not
be an expert witness?
Also, I don't understand this
The Globe is seeking only Romney’s testimony, which he delivered in June 1991.
have stated that Romney gave his testimony during divorce proceedings in 1988, before
the public offering in 1989. The 1991 date doesn't make sense. Surely, after 1989, Maureen had a good idea what that stock was worth? Or are we talking about a later trial? Maureen hired a famed divorce lawyer named Monroe Inker to try to undo the damage done previously...
Obviously, there's a lot going on here that journalists have not yet clarified. We need a full, comprehensible linear narrative.
This much is obvious: If Mitt Romney really did say on the stand in 1988 that Staples was just "a dream," then one must ask why Bain maintained its investment.
Right-wing commenters are, predictably, going after Gloria Allred. Actually, the party seeking to unseal the records is the Boston Globe; Allred simply represents the interests of Maureen Sullivan Stemberg. Allred's background -- whether you admire it or despise it -- is not relevant.