Boring Mitt Romney reminisces about his hometown and causes a controversy. Wow - Team Obama should not be encouraging people to watch this full clip, where Romney goes on about the nicknames for Ann and his school (Cranbrook Cranes and Kingswood Aardvarks - "Couldn't we do better than that?") and the non-partisan appeal of his parents. Geez, what an angry hater. I love Frank Fleming's suggested apology (via Glenn):
BREAKING: Romney has issued an apology. "It was wrong of me to point out how foreign and divorced from basic American values Obama is."
While we are busy finding topics for Team Obama and the media to steer away from, let's make sure they bury this story about Bain Capital and a senior partner's lost fourteen year old girl. Who knew that in addition to being a ruthless corporate bucanneer Mitt Romney was a caring community organizer? At least, he helped organize the hell out of this search for a missing teen; here is Politifact today, and contemporaneous NY Times coverage:
They were surreal scenes: the lawyers at Lollapalooza, the bankers talking to bouncers, the middle-aged accountant interviewing a child with green spiked hair. They came in their jackets and ties bearing fliers and an urgent question: Has anybody seen a girl named Missy?
Melissa Gay, 14, left her parents' home in Ridgefield, Conn., on Saturday, took a train to New York and apparently disappeared into the underground world of rave parties, in which teen-agers follow hazy clues to abandoned warehouses and dance till dawn.
As the days went by and her parents, Robert and Lynette Gay, grew more and more frantic, they finally told Mr. Gay's partners at the private equity-investment firm Bain Capital. A few hours later, executives of the Boston-based firm were on the shuttle to New York for a huge volunteer effort, harnessing corporate manpower throughout the city and immersing professional baby boomers in a youth party culture many knew nothing about.
"These are investment bankers, lawyers and accountants, many of whom are out there in jackets and ties and wool suits trying to talk to kids with spiked hair and nose rings who are young enough to be our kids," said Marc B. Wolpow, a managing director at Bain Capital, who was helping coordinate the effort. "We basically learned this thing overnight. You'd be amazed."
Bain Capital's partners closed down the firm and drew on friendships and connections to find volunteers for the search. R. R. Donnelly, the firm's printer, printed more than 300,000 fliers bearing Ms. Gay's picture and last known whereabouts. Duane Reade, a drugstore chain in which Bain Capital is an investor, had clerks at 52 stores insert fliers in shopping bags. Price Waterhouse, which does the firm's accounting, sent nearly 100 volunteers to distribute the posters, and Goldman Sachs, Bankers Trust and Morgan Stanley dispatched more than 60 people.
Command centers to dispatch volunteers and get in touch with the press were set up at the Marriott Hotel at La Guardia Airport, the Donnelly offices and the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. Volunteers with cellular phones fanned out to clubs like the Limelight and the Tunnel, the Lollapolooza concert at Downing Stadium on Randalls Island, parties in Tompkins Square and Central Park, to Madison Square Garden and the Port Authority Terminal.
"We haven't stopped," Mr. Wolpow said. "And we're going to find her."
Ms. Gay disappeared Saturday evening. She had gone to a country club in Danbury, Conn., to play tennis, but sometime that afternoon got together with two young men she knew and went with them to New York City, to a rave party dubbed RockRave/Fantasia II on Randalls Island, said Stephen Pagliuca, a managing director at Bain Capital.
One young man told the police that she took several doses of the drug Ecstasy, her parents said. She was reportedly last seen at a party at a park beneath the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx, where the young man she was with left her.
They found her, apparently in response to a tip generated by the news coverage of the huge volunteer effort. The young lady should be about thirty today, so one wonders whether anyone from our intrepid media will track her down and put a microphone in her face. Well, they will if she is a Democrat (Too bad - she was a Romney donor in 2007).
I AM SOOOO YESTERDAY: From Daily Caller coverage of this story last April:
The Daily went to the home of Melissa Gay Lewis in Danbury, Conn., where
she is a fourth-grade teacher and lives with her husband and young
children just a couple miles from the Ridgefield house she once ran away
from. She refused to comment.
In 2008, Lewis and her husband each donated $2,300 to Romney’s presidential run. So far, they haven’t donated to Romney’s second White House bid.
FWIW: The dad, Robert C. Gay, is a successful businessman, senior Mormon and, with his wife, a noted philanthropist. Robert Gay is a co-founder of Huntsman Gay Global Capital (the Hubntsman there is the dad, not our beloved Jon), but if I can rely on this FEC search Gay is a Romney donor.