Gasp: Mitt Romney, once arrested for disorderly conduct?

posted at 8:47 pm on May 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Well, darn it! For a moment there when I first read the headline, I thought we were finally in for a bodacious instance of youthful rebellion revealing that Romney has a hitherto unknown “cool factor” all his own… but alas, it really wasn’t anything untoward. I do, however, think it was a rather plucky bit of civil disobedience:

It’s a little reported anecdote, but in 1981 presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney was arrested for disorderly conduct. …

According to what Romney told the Boston Globe in 1994, he had taken his family off to Wayland, Mass.’s Lake Cochituate, about an hour outside Boston, for a summer excursion. As Romney prepared to put his family boat into the water, a park officer told Romney not to launch because his license appeared to have been painted over. The officer told Romney if he put his boat into the water he would face a $50 fine. …

“I figured I was at the state park with my kids. My five kids were in the car wondering why we weren’t going out in the boat, so I said I’d launch and pay the fine,” Romney said in 1994.

After Romney put the family boat into the water, the officer reappeared visibly angry and arrested Romney for disorderly conduct. Romney was handcuffed on the scene, taken to the local police station, and booked.

“There I was, dripping wet in a bathing suit,” Romney told the Globe. A magistrate let him go without bail.

The charges were dropped, and this is apparently old news — I really don’t think this could (or should) pose an issue to Romney’s campaign. His detractors of the class-warmongering ilk might point to Romney’s blasé attitude about paying a $50 fine, but really, most of us do this everyday. When you’re driving on the highway and pushing past the speed limit, you’re technically breaking the law, but you’re willingly taking the gamble of getting a speeding ticket. It’s about tradeoffs, and on a day he wanted to spend boating with his family, Romney thought, sure, I’ll just go ahead and pay the price society has decided to place on people who don’t perfectly display their licenses. And while I have nothing but respect for the uniformed men and women who protect our communities on a daily basis, they’re prone to mistakes and power-trips like the rest of us. It sounds like this officer was in the wrong, and should’ve been writing Mitt Romney a ticket instead of arresting him. No biggie.


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*guess what my first name is. I’ve mentioned it before.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Cupcake?

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Any pictures of a dripping wet Mitt in his trunks? He got pecs better than the Won? Can you picture them in the first debate?

Kissmygrits on May 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand you know this how exactly??

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Well, it was supposed to be an offhand compliment to Romney, but since you want to know, it was a brilliant deduction on my part.

Elementary, my dear Clinger. Elementary.

jaime on May 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

When you’re rich, you can buy your way out of the rules. Another example of Romney’s distance from reality not like His Most Magnificent Master of the Universe, Zero. If he’d been a scraggly kid, Hispanic or simply a local blue-collar, not blueblood community organizer, the cop would have thrown him over the hood of the car, cuffed him and punched him in the kidneys for good measure. And everyone on this site would be cheering the cop for showing some lowlife who’s boss. Because you Hot Gassers are all a bunch of racist, bigoted teabaggers.

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

FIFY

ghostwalker1 on May 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

*guess what my first name is. I’ve mentioned it before.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM

“Honey?”

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM

“It sounds like this officer was in the wrong, and should’ve been writing Mitt Romney a ticket instead of arresting him. No biggie.”

Yeah no biggie, officer gets pissed and can wrongfully arrest someone without sanction. Must be nice to have that kind of power.

aikidoka on May 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Cupcake?

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:47
If you don’t knock it off, yours is gonna be Mudd.
*sneers menacingly*
What?

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Anne?

jaime on May 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

So there he was, on the group W bench…

The Buzz on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Hahahahahahaha

Awesome!

ButterflyDragon on May 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM

When you’re rich, you can buy your way out of the rules. Another example of Romney’s distance from reality. If he’d been a scraggly kid, Hispanic or simply a local blue-collar, not blueblood, the cop would have thrown him over the hood of the car, cuffed him and punched him in the kidneys for good measure. And everyone on this site would be cheering the cop for showing some lowlife who’s boss.

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

That’s what is great about America.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

That’s in case you didn’t see it on page one urban.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Good on him.

TheGarbone on May 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Romney puts a boat in the water for his family without registration? A Big Deal.

Obama snorts cocaine? Big Deal.

//that about sums it up…

desertdweller on May 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

jaime on May 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Ahhhhhh!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

*sneers menacingly*
What?

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Hah! Jokes on you

It’s electrified too.

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Meh. If this were of any consequence, they would have sat on it until late October.

OTOH, we know that Obama was a coke-n-pot head…possession of which were almost certainly felonies at the time.

Resist We Much on May 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Obama wrote his own use of cocaine, which is a felony.

darkegop on May 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

At least he didn’t inhale

Kini on May 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

jaime on May 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

That CD was somehow ‘misplaced’ right before me and the Mister’s wedding but mysteriously turned up months later.
Truly-it was miraculous.
*smirk*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

If he’d been a scraggly kid, Hispanic or simply a local blue-collar, not blueblood, the cop would have thrown him over the hood of the car, cuffed him and punched him in the kidneys for good measure. And everyone on this site would be cheering the cop for showing some lowlife who’s boss.

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

You’d be surprised to know that there are people here who’ve been where you’ve been and seen what you’ve seen…Just ain’t painting everyone with the same broad brush is all.

Feel me?

Now sally forth and let a smile be your umbrella.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I count this as one against Romney. He should have just waited for the preck of an officer to leave and then put his boat in the water.

jukin3 on May 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

When you’re rich, you can buy your way out of the rules. Another example of Romney’s distance from reality. If he’d been a scraggly kid, Hispanic or simply a local blue-collar, not blueblood, the cop would have thrown him over the hood of the car, cuffed him and punched him in the kidneys for good measure. And everyone on this site would be cheering the cop for showing some lowlife who’s boss.

urban elitist

Says the envious, pathetic tool from NYC. Must be so hard to be you. So wrong about everything. So bigoted against wealthy Mormons, who’ve made it while you haven’t. You and your economic genius in the WH have a lot of anger and frustration with AMerica accusing cops you don’t know of racism and assault. It must be miserable being you. Assuming police will beat anyone b/c their license plate isn’t visible. So covetous of everything Mitt Romney has achieved and built. Good-looking man. Beautiful wife. Handsome successful sons. Lots of wealth created by good investment and hard work. Lots of grandchildren…Happiness. Sucks to be such an envious bigot, huh?

JAM on May 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Wow, this must be the Smear Campaign our Resident Hot Gas Bridge Trestle Maintenance Unit have been soiling their Pampers about lately.

Friendly Advice: The Dog Story was more entertaining.

O’bama-

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 9:59 PM

so now we learn

Romney did have balls 31 years ago

May be all it takes is a little electric voltage through them to get them working again

huntingmoose on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Damn I was hoping he was going to be arrested on the street for dealing cocaine, unlike Obama hahhaha /sarc

Conservative4ev on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Civil Servant:”If your Papers aren’t in order. The boat don’t touch the Water.”

Thurston Howell Romney III: “Balderdash! I’ll pay the fine!”

portlandon on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Lemme guess…Zucotti Park is getting another fleabath and scrubdown, and you just happened to have a full charge on that new iClone Mummy & Paw-Paw got for you, so now your on here to spread the word to the masses and defend minority rights!

Oh please. Seen that movie before, and its even lamer the second time go ’round.

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Civil Servant:”If your Papers aren’t in order. The boat don’t touch the Water.”

Thurston Howell Romney III: “Balderdash! I’ll pay the fine!”

portlandon on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

You’re right. Romney should have asked the magnificent, benevolent, honourable, humble, “I-would-lay-down-my-life-for-a-friend-a-brother-a-sister-and-anyone-in-need-of-universal-healthcare” “civil servant,” Teddy Kennedy, for advice first.

Now, that’s a man that who knew how to deal with breaking laws involving bodies of water…especially those with transportation vehicles (boats, cars) carrying young, busty women in them…if there ever was one.

Resist We Much on May 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

If he’d been a scraggly kid, Hispanic or simply a local blue-collar, not blueblood, the cop would have thrown him over the hood of the car, cuffed him and punched him in the kidneys for good measure.

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Well, yeah.

What, exactly, would that “scraggly kid, Hispanic or simply a local blue-collar” be doing with Romney’s car and boat, not to mention his wife and kids?

malclave on May 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

so now we learn

Romney did have balls 31 years ago

May be all it takes is a little electric voltage through them to get them working again

huntingmoose on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

lol That was what I thought. This story is the first one that makes like him a little bit as a candidate. Makes me think he might now and then do something good to surprise me in the future. Here’s hoping.

The cop was a jerk and Romney put his family before money and wasn’t weak. Nice.

Elisa on May 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Romney puts a boat in the water for his family without registration? A Big Deal.

Obama snorts cocaine? Big Deal.

//that about sums it up…

desertdweller on May 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

that about sums things up.

Elisa on May 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Although this seem innocent 30 years later, were there any dogs involved in this potentially sordid incident ??

FlaMurph on May 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Quite right, too! How dare such a low-life own a boat!

OldEnglish on May 7, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Waiting for the other top-sider to drop: Romney keel-hauled Seamus.

de rigueur on May 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Romney puts a boat in the water for his family without registration? A Big Deal.

Obama snorts cocaine? Big Deal.

//that about sums it up…

desertdweller on May 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Elizabeth Warren, AKA Fauxcahontas, AKA Sitting Bullsh!t, claims a Cherokee great-great-great grandmother. This make her a genuine Native American.

Black-haired, brown-eyed, tan-complected George Zimmerman has a Mestiza mother from Peru. This makes him a white Hispanic.

So, yeah, that does sum it up.

MidniteRambler on May 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Romney puts a boat in the water for his family without registration? A Big Deal.

Obama snorts cocaine? Big Deal.

//that about sums it up…

desertdweller on May 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Speaking of which, did John Effin Kerry ever pay his yacht bills/reg/taxes? Why no arnold, he didn’t—or it is unknown, at least from the latest Google search

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Oh I am so enjoying this. They attack him because he’s a Stepford husband polygamist who hates dogs, but now he’s sticking it to the man. Cue “I Fought The Law.” Oh my God this is fun…even if the future of the republic is at stake.

ConservativeLA on May 7, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Actually, I kind of take this as a positive. Ol’ Mitt was willing to stand up to a petty tyrant for his family. I like that.

AZfederalist on May 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM

This story was out last year.

MikeyInHouston on May 7, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Wow. Even Romney’s arrests are boring.

SoulGlo on May 8, 2012 at 12:54 AM

If word got out that he didn’t launch the boat, and just let his kids sit in a car for their vacation, then that would be a problem.

pedestrian on May 8, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Next Obama meme: Mitt Romney is so insidiously insidious he once paid fine instead of following a law!

BKennedy on May 8, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Hmm, a young, dripping wet Mitt Romney? Now THAT photo might put him over the finish line.

leftnomore on May 8, 2012 at 2:26 AM

I do, however, think it was a rather plucky bit of civil disobedience

:

ROTFLMAO! You’ve GOT to be joking!!!

That ‘story’ is as weak as Romney is.

DannoJyd on May 8, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Wow. Even Romney’s arrests are boring.

SoulGlo on May 8, 2012 at 12:54 AM

So true. Still, it’s hard for me to say I’d prefer Oboobi’s “excitement” over Romney’s “boring” right now. In fact, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t.

swinia sutki on May 8, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Hey, how was the officer to know what kind of paint it was. It could have been lead based paint, which could leach into the water and pollute the entire drinking water supply of Boston for years to come.

Mitt Romney doesn’t care about the environment!

moo on May 8, 2012 at 6:08 AM

When you’re rich, you can buy your way out of the rules. Another example of Romney’s distance from reality. If he’d been a scraggly kid, Hispanic or simply a local blue-collar, not blueblood, the cop would have thrown him over the hood of the car, cuffed him and punched him in the kidneys for good measure. And everyone on this site would be cheering the cop for showing some lowlife who’s boss.

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Um, no. In fact, lots of us don’t particularly like the abuse of police power. Part of being pro-small government and all that.

Besides, you don’t need to be rich to buy your way out of the rules. Liberals constantly make excuses, foment outrage, and support actual criminals and try to change the rules so said criminals are actually the victims and the real victims, well, they just got what they deserved…

englishqueen01 on May 8, 2012 at 6:30 AM

It’s hilarious the way his campaign throws these stories out- meant to make him seem less robotic and more carbon-based. I also really like the way they stage those scenes at his rallies, where some supposedly random attendee begins heckling Williard and he hits back in what becomes a totally “spontaneous” YouTube moment. As if the whole incident wasn’t totally planned out the week before. Even the cheering at his widely trumpeted “best speech ever” sounds canned and rehearsed- as if there’s a big guy in a fez screaming “Applaud!” like in the movie Ishtar.

Something fishy about a guy who tries this hard to seem normal.

sartana on May 8, 2012 at 6:39 AM

The same Mitt Romney?

I personally know three Mitt Romneys, so it could have been anyone.

petefrt on May 8, 2012 at 6:42 AM

It sounds like this officer was in the wrong, and should’ve been writing Mitt Romney a ticket instead of arresting him. No biggie.

I’ve got to wonder how that park ranger fared when Romney became Governor.

Face it people that end up in “law enforcement” jobs like monitoring people launching a boat and worrying about painted over licenses are not at the forefront of public safety. These tend to be the people that make TSA screeners look competent and professional.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Something fishy about a guy who tries this hard to seem normal.

sartana on May 8, 2012 at 6:39 AM

I think it more the idea of finding ways to relate to ordinary people. It is what a politician does you moron! You don’t notice that neither Barak or Mooch Obama ever ends their comments in speeches with “ing?” Both of them end such words “in’” as in “leanin’ to the future.” As if it is somehow folksy that a couple of overprivileged commies use leanin’ instead of leaning.
You don’t remember John Kerry going to Ohio and stepping in to a store to “git him a hunting license?” You don’t remember Michael Dukakis riding around in a tank? You don’t remember Jimmy Carter carrying his own luggage (even when the bags were nothing but a prop)?

Seriously you are the one who comes off as fishy. Clearly you hate Romney so just go off and do your cheerleading for Obama but cut the crap and dishonesty as if an anecdote from 1981 is some nefarious plot. If you really are this stupid, stay off the blogs and leave yourself some respectability.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

As Romney prepared to put his family boat into the water

I’m more impressed he could back a boat trailer down the ramp. I screw that up every time.

BacaDog on May 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Wow. Even Romney’s arrests are boring.

SoulGlo on May 8, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Not every candidate has their political careers launched in the living room of unrepentent terrorists who were once on the FBI’s most wanted list for their bombing of the Pentagon and US Capitol. It’s part of that warped Mr. Smith Goes to Washington story that is Obama’s rise to the Presidency.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 7:34 AM

I’m more impressed he could back a boat trailer down the ramp. I screw that up every time.

BacaDog on May 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM

No kidding, I can never get my very small Airstream backed in without a few attempts.

Of course some idiot Obama supporter is going to suggest that he had “people” who went along on the family outing to back the boat down the ramp.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 7:36 AM

The charges were dropped, and this is apparently old news — I really don’t think this could (or should) pose an issue to Romney’s campaign.

I don’t either. Theres nothing worse than cops who can’t control themselves. It does show that democrats are desperate.

TX-96 on May 8, 2012 at 7:42 AM

At least his friends didn’t plot to bomb a USO dance and thankfully blow their own selves up

Beto Ochoa on May 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Hehe.

Street cred, yo.

so-notbuyingit on May 8, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Civil Servant:”If your Papers aren’t in order. The boat don’t touch the Water.”

Thurston Howell Romney III: “Balderdash! I’ll pay the fine!”

portlandon on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Very good!

Or:

Civil Servant: “I warned you. Do you think you’re above the law?”

Thurston Howell Romney III: “The police acted stupidly.”

Obama/Romney=same difference

IndeCon on May 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Barach Obama had to return to Cambridge in 2008 to pay his Cambridge parking fines when they were pointed out to the campaign. I am pretty sure that he owed a lot more than $50 but he did not think he was coming back to Cambridge, did he?

In MA, you can be handcuffed for not having the registration sticker properly on your car or failing to change the address so it doesn’t match your license.

I am going to point out that Lake Cochituate is not the Riviera folks, and that the Romney kids would have been slumming it by Obama vacation standards. But it is a nice little lake in the middle of the outrageous suburban sprawl of Wayland, Framingham and Natick, Massachusetts.

You cannot do thee Boateeng without the Licenze.

Hard to imagine.

Fleuries on May 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Because you Hot Gassers are all a bunch of racist, bigoted teabaggers.

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

The usual nonsense that indicates that this specimen has no clue and no argument to make.

cicerone on May 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Obama/Romney=same difference

IndeCon on May 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM

IndeCon/Urban Elitist = same difference

cicerone on May 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

May be all it takes is a little electric voltage through them to get them working again

huntingmoose on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

It seems that we could say the same thing about your brain.

cicerone on May 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM

urban elitist on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

What fantasy part of the country are you from where the cops routinely beat the c*ap out of people for tiny misdemeanors?

NYPD certainly doesn’t. Perhaps you have some podunk town in mind. Please share.

CorporatePiggy on May 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

What fantasy part of the country are you from where the cops routinely beat the c*ap out of people for tiny misdemeanors?

NYPD certainly doesn’t. Perhaps you have some podunk town in mind. Please share.

CorporatePiggy on May 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Don’t mess with N.O.P.D. I’ve seen some pretty bad beatdowns over the years, always cops vs. college kids. Saw one kid nearly strangled by a cop while being lifted off the ground one-handed with a Darth-Vader grip and repeatedly slammed into a plate-glass window, all for saying, “c’mon man, lighten up.” Another one having his head bounced off a metal light post 5 times by the hair, to the rhythm of the cop saying, “repeat after me: I – will – be – respectful – to – the – New Orleans – police.”

Have fun in NOLA, but don’t get on the wrong side of a cop – there are some bad eggs here, and you’ll be very sorry.

cane_loader on May 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Have fun in NOLA, but don’t get on the wrong side of a cop – there are some bad eggs here, and you’ll be very sorry.

cane_loader on May 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Kind of my point. There are some bad cops in every force. Urban elitist implied that this kind of behavior is routine unless you are wealthy and connected – and that’s the kind of BS I expect from Sharpton or Jesse (c.f. their conspiracy theory that the entire Sanford PD is racist…).

CorporatePiggy on May 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Guys, don’t you recognize the knee jerk attempt by urban elitist to elicit funny responses? There’s no way she was serious with that comment, no one is really that stupid, it was posted as a lark, a joke, nothing else.

Stop treating her like she was serious. Jeez, you’re gonna make her commit suicide or something. Online bullying is a serious thing people!!!

runawayyyy on May 8, 2012 at 6:43 PM

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