"The Real Romney": Did Mitt pressure a single mom to give up her baby?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/real-romney-did-mitt-pressure-single-mom-her-104700970.html

    "The Real Romney": Did Mitt pressure a single mom to give up her baby?

    A new book digs into the Republican frontrunner's controversial history, including his time as a Mormon lay leader in the 1980s

    Mitt Romney's Mormon faith, long considered a potential issue in his presidential campaign, came under scrutiny this week when Vanity Fair published excerpts from an upcoming book that delves into Mitt's history as a lay leader in the church. The Real Romney, authored by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, suggests that Mitt once threatened a single mother with excommunication if she didn't give her soon-to-be-born baby up for adoption — an account the Republican frontrunner denies. Here, a brief guide to this unsettling story:

    What does the book claim? In the early 1980s, Romney was serving as bishop of a Mormon congregation near Boston. Peggie Hayes, a 23-year-old divorced single mother, became pregnant with her second child. Knowing she needed help, Romney arranged for Hayes to get odd jobs from other church members. But as bishop, Romney also bore the responsibility of briefing Hayes on church doctrine. As quoted in the book, she claims he showed up at her apartment and encouraged her to give her baby to the church's adoption agency. According to Hayes, Romney said: "This is what the church wants you to do, and if you don't, then you could be excommunicated."

    Excommunication is a big deal, right? It sure is. "This is not playing around," Hayes said. "This is not like, 'You don't get to take Communion.' This is like, 'You will not be saved. You will never see the face of God.'"

    Does Hayes have an ax to grind? That's unclear. She does have some nice things to say about Romney. But in the end, Hayes had the baby — and left the church shortly afterward. When her child needed a risky surgery, Hayes says she called Romney for a blessing, and he dispatched two church members who Hayes didn't know. "I needed him," Hayes said. "It was very significant that he didn't come."

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    Did this all really happen? Romney says it didn't. And as bishop of Hayes' ward, Romney didn't have the power to kick anyone out of the church. That power belongs to a council of church officials. The church does encourage adoption in cases where "a successful marriage is unlikely," the book says. But keeping a child to raise in a single-parent home isn't considered a sin grave enough to warrant getting booted from the church, which the faithful believe cuts off the path to heaven.

    Will the story affect Romney's campaign? It probably won't help. Romney has been careful to avoid saying or doing anything that could stir up the already pervasive uneasiness about Mormonism in the general population, particularly among evangelical Christians who make up an important part of the GOP's base. And it won't help him with skeptical women voters, either, says Eeasha Pandit at Feministing. "First, he's not sure about contraception. And now this. Regardless of whether this is fully accurate... if Romney makes it to the general election, he's going to have to do some serious work to convince any women at all to vote for him."
  2. This is just the beginning.Once Willard is the nominee to election day the airwaves will be bombarded with stories of the magic underwear,polygamist,non christian racist weird cult that Romney is an active percipient who gives millions of dollars to.

    The last 2 years Obama has been on the defensive from non stop right wing attacks, a bad economy etc and has a 49 % average approval rating ,a current 45 % approval rating and has consistently beat the GOP contenders in the polls.Once Mitt is officially the the guy ITS OBAMAS TURN TO GO ON OFFENSE !!!!!
  3. Ricter


    I really hope this mormon crap goes nowhere, I don't want to listen to it for a year. It's damn tedious.
  4. Max E.

    Max E.

    You actually have it backwords, Obama has been on the attack for the last year every where he goes talking about how its all somebody else's fault, and now they are spending their time battering each other. Romney would have to love it if he comes through the primary polling in a statistical tie, because then the whole republican establishment, including Bachmann and the Tea Party will then be rallying around him in a common goal.

    Plus he still gets to do his VP pick which is good for another 5-10 points in the polls against Obama, if he picks someone good.

  5. Which is what IQ47 does best.
  6. Two words: Bill Ayers.

    Which is more relevant? What Romney may or may not have suggested to some yojng woman 30 years ago or Obama's relationship with an unrepetant domestic terrorist? For those who are too young, Ayers was a spoiled rich brat who became a revolutionary and ran a group that bombed various targets, including the Pentagon. He escaped prison when the Chicago police somehow "mishandled" evidence, which seems to be the same sort of lucky break obama got in his campaigns when supposedly sealed divorce records of two opponents came to light.
  7. Lucrum


    Two Thumbs Up
  8. Epic


    So, if I understand you correctly...

    You are equating criticism of Obama's agenda, policies, and the economy with outright demagoguery and anti-religious propaganda, and then suggesting they are the same thing and that turn-about is fair play?
  9. Too bad the media won't do its job and give these the respective amounts of scrutiny and attention they warrant.
  10. Nah, they won't play the Mormon card. They won't have to go that deep.

    The flips and the King of Bain are more than enuf.
    #10     Jan 13, 2012