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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SouthernGent on May 7, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Good illustration of the jackboot of government authority when it overreaches. If that park officer is still around, no doubt he’s an O-bot.

Rational Thought on May 7, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Mitt street cred = Soetoro campaign dead.

BHO Jonestown on May 7, 2012 at 8:50 PM

“There I was, dripping wet in a bathing suit,” Romney told the Globe.

I think the idea of Mr. Romney in a “bathing suit” (yeah I know he meant trunks) will surely haunt my dreams.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Didn’t he beat up a black guy on an airplane?

Man, this guy is a troublemaker.

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

ANYONE can get arrested at ANY TIME pretty much for “disorderly conduct”. Which pretty much means whatever any police officer (ranging from the minimum wage cloth badge types to the actual trained professional types) thinks it means.

And didn’t Obama ADMIT to snorting coke, which, depending on how much he had on him could be a FELONY?

wildcat72 on May 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Resume enhancer…

crazywater on May 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Mitt was probably drunk on unpasteurized milk.

RBMN on May 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Cool! Badass Mitt flouting the overzealous law!

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Romney is bad-ass.

jaime on May 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

This is going to look so desperate. Please, please, please let’s see this all over the talk shows tomorrow morning. I mean, “It’s not much, but it’s all we’ve got,” ought to the be caption at the bottom of the screen.

smellthecoffee on May 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

So will Obama come out and say the cop acted stupidly?

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Is there a mugshot?

Mark1971 on May 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

He should have gone yachting in his private lake and all that mess could have been avoided.

/s

ButterflyDragon on May 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

His detractors of the class-warmongering ilk might point to Romney’s blasé attitude about paying a $50 fine

If they do… how about Obama’s drug use? Probably amounted to a bit over $50.

malclave on May 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Obama admitted to drug use, as did Clinton and Bush. Surely a civil disobedience citation for which the charges were dropped isn’t as big a deal as that.

vegconservative on May 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I don’t want to make any judgements before I know all the facts, but it appears the officer acted stupidly.

arik1969 on May 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

…well heh…if I’d have known that sooner…I wouldn’t have had him last on my list in the primary!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

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.

Except that most of us don’t flagrantly and knowingly do it in front of the cop.

Stoic Patriot on May 7, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Well, I heard that he once bought a condom. At a 7-11 store. At 9:00pm.

Extremist behavior, if you ask me.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Now if they just had a rumor he smoked pot in college California might come into play.

Browncoatone on May 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM

The vetting is finally beginning. Slowly but surely.

promachus on May 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM

How old is this story? At the same time President Reagan fired the striking air traffic controllers and Charles Barkley was a freshman at Auburn.

aunursa on May 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Seems as though Mitt was arrested by Barnie Fife.

*sigh*

I though we were in store for a story of Mitt Romney, Rebel without a Oar.

turfmann on May 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM

The real scandal is the cop who unjustly arrested someone for disorderly conduct.

Nessuno on May 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

No, the officer should’ve made some attempt at verifying Romney’s license. Romney essentially saying that the fine didn’t bother him, and launching anyway probably set Mr. AuthoriTAH into fits as he wasn’t being obeyed. All because Romney’s license wasn’t up to the park officer’s standard.

Cheesecakecrush on May 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I heard that Mitt Romney once ate a dog.

/Oh… Wait. Obama’s the one who eats dogs.

Next!

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Civil disobedience, ………… God bless him…………. Mitt occupied the lake………;-)

angrymike on May 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Romney 2012: Now with Street Cred!

ThePrez on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

1981 ?
19 frikin 81 ?
What was Obama Hussein Odinda doing in 1981 ? Do we know yet ?

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I heard that he tied Seamus to the back of the boat and dragged him through the water.

Mark1971 on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I think the idea of Mr. Romney in a “bathing suit” (yeah I know he meant trunks) will surely haunt my dreams.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Cold shrinkage. He was in one of them European suits. Not pretty.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

lsm in total outrage for a 30 year old issue

holy macaronies, the horror

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Stoic Patriot on May 7, 2012 at 8:57 PM

this is a nothing burger. mitt is going to be the nominee-I say this as a former Perry supporter-so it’s time to accept it. Mitt at his worst is still better than Zero at his best. *Does Zero even have a ”best’? I rather doubt it.*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Mitt the Malevolent!!

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Can’t wait for the Mitt Rowdy comic book

AmeriCuda on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

So there he was, on the group W bench…

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

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I heard that Mitt Romney once made friends with a guy in his neighborhood and found out that he was a domestic terrorist! And then, Romney decided he’d launch his life long “public service campaign” by having an intro party in his living room.

/Oh, wait. That’s not Romney.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

1981 ?
19 frikin 81 ?
What was Obama Hussein Odinda doing in 1981 ? Do we know yet ?

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

He was making lots of composite friends.

RBMN on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

He also was charged with resisting when he said “Darn you officer.”

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Cheesecake….
are you saying Cartman was the officer?……….. Respect my Authoritie……..

angrymike on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

1981 ?
19 frikin 81 ?
What was Obama Hussein Odinda doing in 1981 ? Do we know yet ?

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Banging composite chicks while snorting coke.

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

The park officer acted stupidly.

Roymunson on May 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Boy is this all that the 0′s have? Big government again! BTW, I didn’t know that men didn’t wear bathing suits. My bad!

Bambi on May 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Mitt’s way past getting the “cool vote”. Obama’s got “a line” for every arrest Romney’s ever dreamed of.

Rovin on May 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I heard that Mitt Romney donated money to the Girl Scouts by purchasing Girl Scout Brand cookies. And he paid $2.00 per box. And he & Ann actually greeted the Girl Scouts at their front door.

But the best part? They ordered Thin Mints.

O.M.G.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The vetting is finally beginning. Slowly but surely.

promachus on May 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Sorry to disappoint you-but Gov. Palin still ain’t gonna be the nominee.
Btw: A 30 year old story about a boat license isn’t ‘vetting’- it’s lefty desperation.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

lol

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I think the idea of Mr. Romney in a “bathing suit” (yeah I know he meant trunks) will surely haunt my dreams.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

csdeven, bluegills and the other Romney fluffin’ nutballs share this dream. But, they ain’t haunted by it. If you know what I mean, and I think you do…Rombot pron…

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Romney now has ‘street cred’

… Suck on it Obowma!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on May 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Mavericky Mitt?

WordsMatter on May 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

And Obama is the leader of Disorderly Conduct….
Today.

Electrongod on May 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Cold shrinkage. He was in one of them European suits. Not pretty.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

“Cold shrinkage?!!!” Blast you, ziffel! Another foul image for my nightmare!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I seen Mitt Romney go into a book store once.

And he bought a book. But it wasn’t Obama’s book.

Mitt Romney is a Racist.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM

*Does Zero even have a ”best’? I rather doubt it.*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

The “best” dog eater in D.C.?

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Can anyone tell me who started Fast and Furious? If they have this much dirt on Mitt, the press could sure investigate some other matters as well.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

#Things Mitt Romney has Done

/Twitter

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I dunno. I’m young enough to be his daughter-one of his sons and I were born the same year-but I kinda think he’s a bit of a silver fox.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

You ever seen a Ken doll?

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I kind of figured that…will Mitt get to see the bunny suit?

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

This is proof Romney hates women.

MeatHeadinCA on May 7, 2012 at 9:13 PM

If your tag is painted over on the boat, it might explode!

So, the officer was really just looking out for the family or something.

lorien1973 on May 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

*BITE!*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

You ever seen a Ken doll?

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Yep. Used to own a “Lesbian Barbie”.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Book him, Danno.

This is certainly going to set T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII’s sails a-flutter.

de rigueur on May 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

So, the little Hitler was given the finger? Well done, Mitt!

OldEnglish on May 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I heard Ann Romney farted in a Starbucks in Seattle.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Book him, Danno.

This is certainly going to set T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII’s sails a-flutter.

de rigueur on May 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Can’t wait!

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Yep. Used to own a “Lesbian Barbie”.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Barbie Dolls are evil….especially when you’re a little girl and people think it’s oh-so-cute and creative to give you them as gifts.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

My college roommate and I did something similar on a road trip to DC over the 4th of July weekend (seriously, what were we thinking?).

Her friend worked at the Capitol and had arranged a tour for us. We had spent 3 hours looking for an open parking space in one of the park and ride stations between VA (where we were staying) and DC. We found a place where people were parking on the dirt and started to park. A cop came and said “If you park there you’ll get a ticket. That’s what I’m here doing.”

We said, “How much will the ticket be?”

Not because we were rich bastards that couldn’t be bothered with the laws of the little people but because we had plans and would gladly have paid any amount for parking so that we could get to our tour.

Long story short, cop threatened with more than a ticket if we willingly parked there after being warned so we kept wandering for a space and ended up not getting our tour. Good times!

JadeNYU on May 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Mitt was probably drunk on unpasteurized milk.

RBMN on May 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

LMAO!

SauerKraut537 on May 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I kind of figured that…will Mitt get to see the bunny suit?

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Is it the Easter Bunny suit or the naughty bunny?

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I heard Mitt Romney shook hands with Obamabots at Ohio State University on Saturday.

And, they liked him.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Is it the Easter Bunny suit or the naughty bunny?

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

He’s 3 years younger than my mother!
Ewww.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Yep. Used to own a “Lesbian Barbie”.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Do you remember the commercial a couple of years ago where GI Joe stole Barbie as Ken was driving up. Pretty funny.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Think of all the things yet to be unearthed about Scofflaw Mitt.

Ticketed for scribbling, “Have a nice day” on a men’s room wall.

Reprimanded for refusing to return the neighbor’s lawnmower until Bill returned his hedge clippers.

A meter maid’s stern finger-wag for letting a parking meter expire.

…Oh, the humanity!!!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:22 PM

And millions of Americans(Libs and cons alike) scoff at speed limits and red lights daily….

CW on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

He’s 3 years younger than my mother!
Ewww.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Ummmmm….

…I kinda think he’s a bit of a silver fox.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

So there he was, on the group W bench…

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

+1000 for that reference.

tbrickert on May 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

He’s 3 years younger than my mother!
Ewww.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Old people need love too.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

BTW, I didn’t know that men didn’t wear bathing suits. My bad!

Bambi on May 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Romney needs trunks because he has a lot of junk.

jaime on May 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

There’s nothing improper about admiring a gentleman’s appearance.
Me and one of my sister-in-laws think that Mark Harmon is easy on the easy. We like looking at him-we don’t want to jump him.
*flink!*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Ha! Missed that. But I think the same setup was in the video for the song Barbie Girl. Just think. All that combat, and it took a hot chick for G.I. Joe to “grow a pair”.

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I think the idea of Mr. Romney in a “bathing suit” (yeah I know he meant trunks) will surely haunt my dreams.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

funnily enough a friend of ours (young military girl) said the exact same thing when she saw one of his sons in a diving suit :-)…

jimver on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

We like looking at him-we don’t want to jump him.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Uh-huh…I’m sure that’s just what csdeven and bluegills would say.

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Sounds like the story of Jack Johnson the first black heavyweight champ.

He was driving too fast and a white cop stopped him and Johnson asked what the fine was.

The white cop said: “50 dollars.”

And Johnson said said: “Here’s 100, ‘cos I’m coming back the same way.”

I like Mitt more for this.

profitsbeard on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Old people need love too.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Awready gots one a dose.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

funnily enough a friend of ours (young military girl) said the exact same thing when she saw one of his sons in a diving suit :-)…

jimver on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Hahahahaha–hunh???

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Romney needs trunks because he has a lot of junk.

jaime on May 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand you know this how exactly??

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

And you folks were doubting Ann about Mitt’s wild and crazy side.

J.E. Dyer on May 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Well I feel better about voting for Mitt now that I know what an upstart rebel rouser he can be. I certainly like it better than a community organizer…

ghostwalker1 on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 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

I heard that Mitt Romney donated money to the Girl Scouts by purchasing Girl Scout Brand cookies. And he paid $2.00 per box. And he & Ann actually greeted the Girl Scouts at their front door.

But the best part? They ordered Thin Mints.

O.M.G.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Proving…once and for all…that Mitt & Ann are racists!!!

/

GrannyDee on May 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Mitt is Walter White.

Towash on May 7, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Barbie Girl
Song of this thread

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 9:41 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

profitsbeard on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I like that story.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Barbie Girl
Song of this thread

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

You really hate me-don’t you. *hissss*
*guess what my first name is. I’ve mentioned it before.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Thanky. Now I have a soundtrack to my ‘Mitt-in-a-bathing-suit’ nightmare…

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM

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