I asked Romeny spokesman Kevin Madden the following questions:
1. Does Gov. Romney regret appointing Judge Tuttman?
2. According to a press release at the time Gov. Romney touted the appointment and identified her as one example of his effort to select women for the bench. a) How does this square with yesterday’s comments that Gov. Romney was not specifically responsible for this appointment? b) In retrospect should Gov Romney have placed so much emphasis on finding women per se for the bench?
3. What would he say to the father of the murdered child who has blamed him for the appointment?
He responded: “Governor Romney believes that the judge made the wrong decision, an inexcusable decision and should step down. The governor appointed Judge Tuttman and did so based on her record as a prosecutor with a history of being a law and order advocate. The judge’s appointment was reviewed and approved by the Massachusetts Bar and the Executive Council, which is an elected body of representatives that also play a role in the judicial confirmation process. The governor believes the Mauck family has every right to be outraged at a system that failed to keep this dangerous person behind bars.” Madden repeatedly declined to answer the specific questions asked, in particular whether he regrets the appointment, and how he would respond to the victim’s father who yesterday expressed anger at Romney, not the “system,” for the incident. I suspect Romney will be asked directly in the days ahead and at the debate on November 28.