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We know Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. We know that the last thing he wants national voters to see is his record as Governor of the Bay State. Romney's term as occupant of "the Corner Office" was marred by a constant neglect of the Commonwealth and the citizens of Massachusetts.

How bad was it?  Follow me over the fold and see just how Mittens handled the aftermath of the terrible floods in MA in 2006.  It truly was a case of a Governor who had willfully abandoned the voters of his State so that he could concentrate on his own agenda. It truly is a case of an Epic Fail.

Mother's Day weekend in May 2006 saw an astonishing amount of rain fall on the New England area.  Wikipedia has an accurate and succinct picture of what happened in northern MA that soggy spring:

Numerous rivers overflowed in northeastern Massachusetts, and urban flooding also occurred. Thousands of people were evacuated and water was reported to be up to the rooftops of several homes.[5] Several rivers, including the Merrimack and Charles rivers, threatened several communities. The Merrimack in Lowell was expected to reach more than 8 feet (2.4 m) above flood stage combined with 15 inches (380 mm) of rain.

The flooding also led to drowned waste water treatment plants, which overwhelmed sewage systems. Burst pipes in Haverhill dumped 35 million gallons (132,000 m³) of waste a day into the Merrimack River. In addition, the flooding at another regional treatment plant in Lawrence was also very close to shutting down the power there, which would have sent sewage into the Merrimack at a rate of 115 million gallons (435,000 m³) a day.[4] For only the third time in a 150 year history, Lowell dropped its flood-controlling Francis Gate. Also, most notably in downtown Peabody, people could even be seen sailing in boats atop flooded areas.

So what did Mitt Romney do to support the people of Massachusetts during this emergency? Well, he did go on Good Morning America and joke about how bad the flooding was and how MA residents were preparing arks, ala the biblical story of the Great Flood in Genesis.  What he didn't do was help out.

Mittens was running for President. He needed to shore up his conservative bona-fides. He couldn't be seen using the levers of government to actually aid people. So, Mitt wished the small businesses and residents of Ma well and ignored their pleas for help.

After all, Mitt was running for President and he couldn't be seen using the government to help actual people.  He didn't want to be seen as a moderate, bleeding-heart Governor. That wouldn't help his national tough-guy image at all.
How bad did it get? The following article from the right-wing (very right-wing, 2004 George W. Bush endorsing) newspaper The Lowell Sun shows what MA got from their "I'm a great manager" Governor"

No relief from Romney
The Lowell Sun,
Lead Editorial

We find it inconceivable that Gov. Mitt Romney claims the state can do nothing to help those residents still struggling to rebuild homes and businesses after the May flood.

Massachusetts is sitting on millions in unspent emergency funds from Hurricane Katrina and more than $1 billion in cash reserves, yet Romney has failed to even respond to the Lowell delegation's requests to discuss additional aid for victims.

The governor's spokesman -- since Romney can't be bothered to comment now that the photo opportunities have dried up even though some residents' basements haven't -- said the state will not consider spending its own money for flood victims until it's clear how much cash the federal government will give.

Again, this is not the supposedly liberal Boston Globe making this case.  This is the conservative Lowell Sun which serves the conservative/moderate region of Northern Middlesex and Essex Counties in MA.

The Editorial continues:

It's been two months, governor. Many Massachusetts residents are still living in temporary housing or trying to rebuild destroyed basements and first floors, racking up credit-card debt and taking out home-equity loans.

What's wrong with fronting the money and having those loans repaid when, and if, federal agencies come through with more cash?

If ignoring the pleas of legislators and constituents is the way Romney's going to handle a crisis situation, why would anyone vote for him for president? How would he handle a national crisis, by flying in for photo ops and then hiding in his White House office?

There were many epic fails in the Romney occupation of Massachusetts.  The Governor raised fees, neglected education and practiced crony hiring for State offices.  But this one really shows Romney's true relationship to voters.  
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  •  Good catch. Gentle suggestion, though - (2+ / 0-)
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    TayTay, p gorden lippy

    you might want to edit out the line breaks so that the words flow smoothly - it's a bit hard to read right now.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:13:42 AM PDT

  •  Romney had his Bush moment (4+ / 0-)
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    TayTay, vcmvo2, p gorden lippy, New Rule

    And instead of flying over the devastation he went on TV and joked about it. Wow, he really could use that to boost his bona fides with the Ron Paul loving "let him die!" crowd. Where is our supposed "liberal media" on this issue? Hell, I could imagine an Obama campaign ad. Shots of flooding, ruined homes and businesses. Make it seem like it could be photos and videos from Katrina then the voice says, "This is Mitt Romney's Massachusetts in 2006. What do you think he'd do for you when disaster struck?"

    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:18:24 AM PDT

  •  Properly presented, this could be a bigger story (7+ / 0-)

    than you might think. Gather together photos, videos, pictures of news headlines/stories. Put it together in a strong video and you'll have something that resonates, I guarantee.

    Fair's fair. I don't vote in your church; don't go preaching in my government New video: "The Pig"

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:23:21 AM PDT

  •  Merrimack Valley resident here (6+ / 0-)

    I was literally just showing pictures of the Mother's Day Flood to a friend of mine yesterday, showing how extensive the flooding was.

    I live in Amesbury and the National Guard was called in to shore up the area in the  Lower Mill Yard as the Pow Wow River was overflowing. It helped that our mayor, Thatcher Kezer, himself was, and still is, a member of the Massachusetts National Guard.

    Our home escaped much of the damage. we live near two ponds and other than some  mostly cosmetic damage to my fireplace (not capped at the time) we escaped completely unscathed.

    However other parts of Amesbury, Salisbury, and Newburyport were not as lucky, especially anywhere near the banks of the Merrimack River. BTW, the sewage treatment plant near Haverhill failed and fecal matter was flowing towards the ocean.

    It was so bad that our friends who have a riverfront home actually had ducks and fish swimming in their kitchen cabinets.

    Driving by Lawrence on 495 the next day looked like NOLA after Katrina.

    BTW, Slick Willard's response to the woman who was killed by falling Big Dig cement was that he was irked that he had to come back from his palatial Lake Winnapausaukeee compound to deal with this was another exercise in Romney's failed leadership.

    •  Lowell resident here (3+ / 0-)
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      I live in a small town near Lowell.  The flooding was unbelievable.

      MA has a large number of older housing units. A lot of the flooding brought out problems having to do with infrastructure that relate to very old piping, plumbing, wooden levies, etc.  I believe that there was serious concern in 2006 that levy systems installed in the Taunton area in the 1600's would fail during this 2006 flood.  Romney did nothing.

      Correction, Romney handed it off to Lt. Gov Kerry Healey, who then did nothing. His Lordship was out of the state and genuinely irked that the peasants wanted to summon him back to MA to handle little peasant problems like flooding in their homes.

      Epic Fail.  And not the only one.

      Can you post some pics?  I can access all my old notes on the Romney regime, but I don't have access to the pics at the present time.  Nothing speaks like the visuals.  Thanks!

    •  I remember after the Big Dig death (1+ / 0-)
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      that Romney did eventually show up in Massachusetts for a photo op there - a week afterwards.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:56:28 AM PDT

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      •  Yup, Mittens came, he saw, (3+ / 0-)
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        he tsk-tsked and then he left.  He got his photo-op on the news He never addressed leadership or decision problems with the Big Dig or bothered to answer questions about Republican management of the Big Dig project.  Remember, the Big Dig was done almost entirely under Republican Governors who used the project as a full-employment agency for hacks.

        Romney said it was not his problem and left.  Plain and simple.

  •  Did not know this. Thanks for sharing. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sounds unbelievably callous in a post-Katrina world...

    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:25:32 AM PDT

    •  This was just 8 months after Katrina (5+ / 0-)
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      raboof, Icicle68, absdoggy, lexalou, New Rule

      This was the worst flooding I can remember in MA. Low-lying areas in the state were devastated.  Businesses had to close for days while municipal services were restored.

      We needed a Governor.  What we got was someone with his eyes focused elsewhere.

      MA was just a place Romney used to get the title: Governor. This is but one example of his neglect of the State.

  •  It might be a good idea to repost this... (1+ / 0-)
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    in a few days when the Wisconsin excitement is over, and people can refocus on presidential politics. I had forgotten all about this, and I think it deserves a lot more attention.

    This says a lot about how Rmoney would govern the nation. Alot about his management skills. A lot about how he would handle that 3 a.m. call. It's so, so Bush-like.

    "I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love." –Mitt Romney (January 2012)

    by lexalou on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 01:38:12 PM PDT

    •  Agree (1+ / 0-)
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      It is "parked" here for now so I don't forget it.  Next time I will find a way to add pics and see if I can find video.

      My husband was/is an elected school committee member.  This is an unpaid position, as are most small town elected positions.  The value of this is that you learn what makes a state/town connection work.  Epic Fail covers so much more than this episode.  Romney was a "no show" Governor.  I know where in the public data the proof for this lies and I want to write it up.

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