For those who were beginning to despair about ever finding confirming evidence for the existence of a "wild and crazy man" inside Mitt Romney, Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski — no doubt one of the top 10 Andrews of all time — has the goods.
First reported by the Boston Globe during Romney's ill-fated 1994 Senate race, it's a story of a man and his boat…
According to what Romney told the Boston Globe in 1994, he had taken his family of to Wayland, Mass.'s Lake Cochituate, about an hour outside Boston, for a summer excursion. As Romney prepared to put his family boat into the water, a park officer told Romney not to launch because his license appeared to have been painted over. The officer told Romney if he put his boat into the water he would face a $50 fine.
Romney felt that his license was still visible and decided to ignore the order from the officer and pay the fine…
After Romney put the family put into the water, the office reappeared visibly angry and arrested Romney for disorderly conduct. Romney was handcuffed on the scene, taken to the local police station, and booked.
The charges were dropped after Romney threatened to sue the officer for false arrest.
The incident raises a prickly question about the role of fines in enforcing regulations: Are fines supposed to discourage illegal behavior of everyone, regardless of wealth, or are they "service fees" that the wealthy can pay in lieu of observing the law?
There's only one hope for finding out more about Romney's mindset and whether he was demonstrating that laws are for little people: We need Pleasure Boaters for Truth.
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