11:52 am ET, July 12, 2012
The Boston Globe story suggesting Romney was at least the titular head of Bain for years longer than he has suggested might bring the “character” portion of the Bain attack to a head.
Boston’s response doesn’t quite address the quandary Romney is in.
Obama’s campaign counsel Bob Bauer seemed to suggest on a campaign media conference call just now that Romney might have broken the law:
“Scores of filings, literally scores of filings, that make it very, very clear that, over a period of a time that Governor Romney claims he was not active with Bain, the Securities and Exchange Commission was informed…that, ‘W. Mitt Romney, an individual, is the sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of the particular Bain entity in question.'”
“If, in fact, as he now claims, that he was in fact not active with the company, he was not the controlling person that is described here, that means these statements are false. And, as I said, there are very, very serious legal consequences that would follow.”
This one is going to take hearing directly from Romney to clarify. And I bet the President stokes it with Charlie Rose.