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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

(VIDEO) Fmr. Gov. Romney binders were NOT filled with Women applicants, according to former MASSGap officials


According to an article at the Huffington Post October 17th, GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, claim during the Presidential debate he had "binders full of Women" was not true.

"I went to my staff, and I said, 'How come all the people for these jobs are all men?" Romney said. "We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet," Romney stated during October 16th Presidential Debate at
Two Women who spearheaded the effort of MassGAP of Massachusetts in 2002 to recruit female high-level candidates in appointed governmental positions, stated then Gov. Romney rejected a review of the "Women Binders" 

MassGAP, a bipartisan coalition of women’s groups dedicated to increasing the number of women appointed to top government jobs, approached Romney and his Democratic challenger Shannon O’Brien before the 2002 gubernatorial election and pressured them to sign a pledge to appoint more women if elected.
“It was an initiative of women’s organizations, not to force [Romney’s] hand, but to make it be something he had to follow through on,” Carol Hardy-Fanta, former co-chair of MassGAP’s higher education subcommittee, told The Huffington Post the morning following the debate. "He didn't go out looking for these binders.”
"It didn't really have anything to do with Romney asking women to give him names," said Carolyn Jones, who was secretary of the Massachusetts Womens' Political Caucus during the time that Romney was governor.

MassGAP, which is non--partisan, issued a statement saying that while the Romney administration started with women comprising 42 percent of newly appointed positions, by 2006, that number had dropped to 25 percent.

"So when the spotlight was on him, sure he paid some lip service. But when no one was looking, those levels plummeted to 25 percent, below where they were in the previous governor's administration," said Jesse Mermell, a Democratic selectwoman in Brookline, Mass., who was the executive director of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus from 2004 to 2008. During that time the organization commissioned a report on women in government positions in the state.
Liz Levin, then chairwoman of MassGAP told Huffington Post throughout Massachusetts 2002 governor's race, the organizations took months identifying, vetting and collecting resumes of qualified women for the high-level appointment. 

The organization also waited for Candidate for Gov. Romney campaign to send "binders full of Women" applicants, but decided to send the "binders" after Romney won the election.

"They told us ... that they were going to send [the binders] to us,” O’Brien recalled stated to HuffPost. “Whoever won was going to get this."
Levin told Huff Post Romney had little personal involvement with the MassGAP organization. Instead the task of evidently reviewing the "binders" fell upon Romney's candidate for lieutenant governor, Kerry Healey, a Woman.

It appears Healey, not then Gov. Candidate Romney, assisted the campaign pledge to appoint Women in his administration. After Mitt Romney was elected, MassGAP presented colored-coded "binders" to highlight qualified applicants to Lt. Gov. Healey.

Romney 'Binders Full Of Women' Female Hiring Boast Falls Apart - Huffington Post - October 17, 2012
"We gave them names of people and there was a time that -- I think it was after they had the binder -- we set up a time to talk to them about the people in the binder," Levin recalled.
Romney did initially follow through on his promise to appoint more women to top positions as 14 out of 33 of his appointments during his first two years in office were women according to the article.

Less than two years Romney’s appointments of women to top-level positions began to tapered off in the last two years of his four year term 2004-2006, as the percentage of newly-appointed women to senior appointed positions in Gov. Romney's administration dropped to 25 a dismal percent.

The Romney Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul covered for responded to ABC News by emphasizing his cooperation with MassGAP in finding qualified women candidates.

Romney Challenged on How He Got the Binders Full of Women Managers - ABC News - October 17, 2012
"The incoming Romney administration worked with MassGAP to find the best qualified women for top positions in Massachusetts government," said Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul. 
"The efforts resulted in Massachusetts having the most women in top positions in the entire country."
It appears GOP Presidential Candidate Romney is still looking for the Massachusetts "binders full of Women" nearly twelve years later.

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