Many young men are fascinated with uniforms, but few take that fetish as far as young Mitt Romney reportedly did. Writer Joe Conason is reporting that, while at Stanford University, Romney used an authentic Michigan State Police uniform to pull over motorists - as a "joke" you understand. Kind of like leading mob to forcibly cut a crying classmate's hair.
It's amazing what you can come up with (and get away with) if your Dad's the governor....
When Mitt Romney was a college freshman, he told fellow residents of his Stanford University dormitory that he sometimes disguised himself as a police officer – a crime in many states, including Michigan and California, where he then lived. And he had the uniform on display as proof.
Said Madden in a recent interview, “He told us that he had gotten the uniform from his father,” George Romney, then the Governor of Michigan, whose security detail was staffed by uniformed troopers. “He told us that he was using it to pull over drivers on the road. He also had a red flashing light that he would attach to the top of his white Rambler.”
While the haircut episode could be called a prank - it could also be called assault - the uniform scam is, well a crime in many states. Just ask this Tomball, TX teen:
The suspect “took (police) to the location where he hid the police lights after he saw (officers) at his residence,” the complaint states. “The defendant also admitted to pulling various people over on traffic stops with the red and blue police lights throughout Harris County several times prior to June 3.”
Police promptly handcuffed Kelly, who was charged with impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony, according to court records. He was released from custody after posting $5,000 bail.
Law-enforcement officials do not find it amusing when a someone impersonates a police officer, said Tomball police Capt. Rick Grassi.
According to Conason's story, Mitt's friends don't exactly call his impersonation "just good clean fun" either:
In The Real Romney, a biography published by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman this year, another former friend recalled how Romney had “put a siren on top of his car and chased two of his friends who were driving around with their dates.” The two friends were in on the scheme, but the girls were not. There was beer in the car trunk, according to a prearranged plan. Mitt told his two counterparts to get out of their vehicle and into his car. Then they drove off, leaving the girls behind.
“It was a terrible thing to do,” said one of his accomplices, a Cranbrook classmate named Graham McDonald.
And we're still months away from the general election. How many more "youthful exuberance" stories might come out between now and November?
and will Mitt Romney even admit he remembers them.....
And let's not forget the uniform Romney didn't want to wear - a military one. Because it was so much more fun to have religious and college deferments that allowed him enough time to demonstrate in favor of US involvement in Vietnam. Actually fighting in the war he said he supported? That's another thing that only the "little people" do.
For now, Romney appears to be more qualified to serve as "bully-in-chief" than he is "Commander-in-Chief."