Romney to Gingrich: “Erratic as a Pinball Machine… Show Me The Records!”

“Show me the records!”

Governor Mitt Romney has turned the tables on Newt Gingrich:

TAMPA – A combative Mitt Romney on Monday broadened his call for Newt Gingrich to release records from his work as a consultant, speculating that those documents and records from the ethics investigation that led Gingrich to resign from the House of Representatives could show “potentially wrongful activity of some kind.”

“We could see an October surprise a day from Newt Gingrich,” Romney told reporters at a media availability here. “And so let’s see the records from the ethics investigation, let’s see what they show. Let’s see who his clients were at the time he was lobbying Republican congressmen for Medicare Part D.

“Was he working or were his entities working with any health-care companies that could’ve benefited from that? That could represent not just evidence of lobbying but potentially wrongful activity of some kind.”
“He said in a debate, actually, that people who profited from the failed model of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ought to give back their money,” Romney said. “Well, the speaker made $1.7 million in his enterprises from providing services to Freddie Mac. He ought to give it back.”

Here’s what Gingrich claims:

Gingrich repeatedly has said that he never lobbied lawmakers on behalf of Freddie Mac and health-care companies, saying he was paid for his services as a consultant and historian.

“I was not a lobbyist, I was never a lobbyist, I never did any lobbying. Don’t try to mix these things up. That fact is I was an adviser strategically,” he said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”

Earlier today Governor Tim Pawlenty and Florida House of Reps Speaker Designate Will Weatherford held a press conference call on Gingrich’s work as a “historian” for Freddie Mac. Pawlenty sums it up: “The notion that he was paid $1.7 million as a historian for Freddie Mac is just B.S. Newt Gingrich has represented hundreds of clients and interest groups in Washington, D.C., since he left the speakership. To say that he wasn’t a lobbyist is incredible hair-splitting.”

Romney hit Gingrich on his “highly eratic” style of leading:

He noted that Gingrich voted in favor of establishing the Department of Education, yet now says the department should be eliminated and its authority sent to the states. And Romney said Gingrich is “opposed vehemently” to the Massachusetts health-care system “and yet just a couple of years ago wrote about what a superb system it was.”

He’s gone from pillar to post almost like a pinball machine, from item to item in a way which is highly erratic and does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course which is normally associated with leadership,” Romney said.

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Pinball Policy Newt…

Romney speaking to the press in FL:

“By the way, saying that Newt Gingrich is a lobbyist is just a matter of fact. He indicates that he doesn’t fall within the narrow definition of lobbyists that he might have in mind. But if you’re working for a company, getting paid for a company through one of your many entities and then you’re speaking with Congressmen in a way that would help that company, that’s lobbying. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.” ~ Mitt Romney

Romney’s new Florida radio ad features FL Atty Gen Pam Bondi:

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Days After Gingrich Attacked Romney’s Private Sector Job Creation, Bain Awarded Best Employer

November 10, 1993 - Mitt Romney is pictured working at Bain & Company, Inc. in Boston, MA.

Just a few days after Newt Gingrich’s attack on capitalism and Mitt Romney’s free market, risk-taking work at Bain, an unexpected feather has been added to Romney’s cap…

A company saved from bankruptcy by Romney was named the Best Employer In America – Bain & Company (beating out trendy tech companies).

Business Insider 12/15/11:

The best employer in America — according to an annual report from Glassdoor — is a company that was saved from bankruptcy by Mitt Romney.

Bain & Company today is defined by Romney, and that says a lot for his capabilities as a leader.

While Romney held a longer tenure at the head of Bain Capital (a 1983 spinoff from the consulting firm), his year as CEO of Bain & Co had a massive impact.

Romney was brought on as CEO in 1991 to save the company from financial collapse. In 12 months, he completely turned the company around, bringing it back to profitability and avoiding layoffs by fixing the governance structure and creating more transparency. For example, he allowed managers to see each other’s salaries. After handing off the firm to new leadership, he went back to his old job at Bain Capital.

June 24, 2011 - Dedicated and energetic Bain & CO employees volunteer at St. Anthony's charitable organization in San Fran, CA serving food, clearing tables, and working in the food pantry. (Photo Dolores Gould)

A recent profile by New York Mag’s Benjamin Wallace-Wells revealed what it was like to work with Romney. No one would ever curse or drink around him, and “they understood that his social life would be his family life,” although he never talked about his Mormonism. People saw him “as a handsome guy with a great handshake” …

[H]e was also “an extremely hard worker and an egalitarian boss… [who] inspired intense loyalty, and there are still members of his circle who describe him as a perfect CEO.” Romney was a popular leader despite a reputation for frugality

This admirable culture seems to have stuck.

This week Bain & Co was named the best company to work for in America by a longshot, rating 4.7 out of 5 on Glassdoor’s extensive survey.

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Washington outsider job creator Romney is exactly what America needs.

► Jayde Wyatt