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Questions about Romney campaign

June 17, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

Some time ago, iconic Democratic President Harry S. Truman stated that it was his strong belief that a political party's nomination for the office of president of the United States essentially could be "bought" as a result of a candidate's financial assets and backers' monetary support, but such is not the case in order to be elected to the highest office in the land.

However, this adage may be put to its severest test to date as a result of the vast financial resources of Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the multitude of Republican and conservative "political action committees," whose influence, due to an unfortunate recent Supreme Court decision opening the flood gates for unlimited and virtually unrestricted contributions, will be even greater than ever before.

If such may indeed be no longer the case, then Romney, a perpetual and oftentimes unsuccessful candidate for high elective office, may be rewarded by achieving his ultimate goal, that of establishing residence for the next four years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., and the future of presidential politics will be forever changed, and certainly not for the better.

Is it not quite obvious that it was Romney's vast financial resources that led to his victory in the Republican primaries?

Do you not believe that his primary opponents agree with this analysis?

I certainly do.

Romney, born into a very wealthy and extremely influential family, likes to tout his business experience as an investment banker for Bain Capital as his primary qualification for the White House, but to me, selecting Romney as our president, as a result of the aforementioned experience, would be tantamount to electing the fictional character Gordon Gekko, as portrayed so memorably by the great actor Michael Douglas, from the motion picture "Wall Street," to be president of the United States, whose stated philosophy was, "Greed is good."

Also, why is it that candidate Romney very seldom, if ever, evokes the name of our most recent Republican president, George W. Bush, nor has he requested Bush, who was also coincidentally born into a family of great wealth and influence, to campaign on his behalf?

Lest we forget.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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