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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In case you missed the live streaming GOP primary coverage from our own editorial producer Mary Phillips-Sandy, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith and BuzzFeed politics reporter Zeke Miller this past Tuesday night, here's a few highlights to get you up to speed…
More Super UnTuesday highlights — including Zeke Miller's Twitter picks — after the jump. You can also watch the UnSuper Tuesday coverage in its entirety right here.
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Comedy Central's Indecision is teaming up with BuzzFeed for live streaming coverage of tonight's East Coast GOP primary returns, starting at 7:30/6:30c. Catch the livestream right here at indecision.cc.com, at ustream.tv/unsupertuesday or at buzzfeed.com/unsupertuesday.
Our own editorial producer Mary Phillips-Sandy is hosting alongside BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, with BuzzFeed politics reporter Zeke Miller providing real-time updates from campaign sources and social media.
Join us tonight at 7:30pm, and tweet us your questions and comments with the #UnSuperTuesday hashtag.
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It's not every day we see Newt Gingrich fail utterly to be a legitimate candidate for the presidency.
Fine, it is. But tonight's primaries are still special, if only because they might finally force Newt out of the running for good. So make sure to check out our live streaming coverage of UnSuper Tuesday — the East Coast GOP primaries — tonight at 7:30pm. We'll be teaming up with BuzzFeed's Ben Smith and Zeke Miller.
And for you diehards who won't be satisfied until you see Gingrich fail from every possible angle, we'll be liveblogging the returns as well. Get the Indecision Election Companion app and follow along from the comfort of your own imaginary moon colony.
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