I hear that a fella named Romney was in Louisiana at the end of August, 2012 after Hurricane Isaac (and after the RNC wrapped up).
Based on his behavior as Governor of Massachusetts back in 2006, when we had some bad flooding here, I am not surprised that he showed up for a tour, AND DID NOTHING.
Check out the story from 2006:
The New England Flood of May 2006 was a flood event that occurred in New England, especially in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, during the month of May, 2006.
On August 7, 2006, the Lowell Sun printed an editorial entitled "No Relief from Romney," which said:
No relief from RomneyHow's THAT for prescience? Way to go, Lowell SUN editors. You NAILED it. (Bolding is mine.)
The Lowell Sun
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.
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?
The Lowell delegation came up with a plan that includes five ways to channel additional state aid to residents who lost property and possessions to the floodwaters. They're good ideas that deserve consideration. They include: one-time grants of up to $10,000 each for those without flood insurance; one-time grants from Mass. Development for small business owners; and tax deductions.
If Romney wants to tout his Bay State experience in a run for president, he would be wise to make sure he has something to brag about. Helping residents rebuild their homes and businesses would be a good start.
Just though some of you would like to KNOW how our former Governor acts when the chips are down.
Pass it along.