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A revealing candid shot of the Republican nominee for President.
Here’s a story that may help New York Times columnist Gail Collins get over her obsession with the incident of Mitt Romney and the dog on the car.
In 1996, two years after Romney had returned to Bain Capital after running unsuccessfully against Ted Kennedy for Senate, Robert Gay, a partner at Bain, came to him and confided that his 14-year-old daughter Melissa was missing. She had sneaked out of their Connecticut home three days before, gone to a rock concert in New York City and hadn’t been heard from since.
Gay was embarrassed about confessing his dilemma and didn’t expect anything more than a little commiseration. Instead, he was amazed at Romney’s reaction. The co-founder of Bain immediately informed the other partners of the situation, then closed down the firm and mobilized a temporary move to New York City to search for the girl. As the New York Times reported it at the time:
Bain Capitals 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 powers, 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 and La Guardia Airport, the Connelly offices and the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. Volunteers with cellular phones fanned out to clubs like the Limelight and the Tunnel, the Lollapalooza concert at Downing Stadium on Randall’s Island, parties in Tompkins Square and Central Park, to Madison Square Garden and the Port Authority.
The Boston Globe, which covered the story day-to-day, filed the following report:
Yesterday, in their first day of searching, [Bain Executives] pounded the pavement, plastering the city with 300,000 fliers and quizzed teen-agers at concerts and parks.
But as of last night, Melissa Gay was nowhere to be found.
“Our children are what life is all about,” said W. Mitt Romney, founder and managing partner at Bain Capital. “Everything else takes a back seat.”
Six days later, the Marriott Hotline received an anonymous call from a teenage boy asking if there was a reward for the missing girl. The caller immediately hung up but police traced it to a house in Towaco, New Jersey. As the Globe reported:
[A]fter attending a rave concert on Randall’s Island… she took the drug Ecstasy and then “wandered the city.” During her wandering, her father said, she met a young man who took her to his parents’ [New Jersey] home. The young man, whose name was not released, kept her in the home without his parents’ knowledge, the police said.
Melissa was discovered hidden in the basement, still recovering from an overdose and shivering through detoxification. Doctors said later that had she not been found, she might not have lived another day.
Six months later, in a end-of-year review, the Globe again revisited the story:
Last week, the partners of Boston’s Bain Capital Inc. drew up their annual list of accomplishments: Number one was the week they spent last July combing Manhattan in search of Melissa Gay, the missing 14-year-old daughter of one of the partners.
“It really overshadowed everything we did from a money standpoint,” said Mitt Romney, the Bain Capital founder who won the 1994 Massachusetts Republican Senate nomination partly on his reputation as a venture capital wiz. “The days and nights spent looking for Missy Gay were more valuable than some financial home runs that made the front page of the Wall Street Journal. I mean, money is just money.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?