Technically it is Obama’s campaign that bears the dishonor of suggesting that Mitt Romney committed a felony. All the same, fellow Democrats have outed the Obama campaign’s claim as a lie.
…is there anything other than the SEC filings to suggest a hands-on Romney role at Bain post-February 1999?
No is the word from four sources who communicated with CNN on Thursday — all of whom have firsthand knowledge of Bain’s operations at the time in question. Three of the four are Democrats, and two of the four are active Obama supporters in Campaign 2012.
All four told me Romney is telling the truth.
Only one, Bain Managing Director Steve Pagliuca, would talk on the record. The others spoke only on condition of anonymity, citing either Bain’s low-key culture or the desire not to anger friends in the Obama campaign.
Pagliuca, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 2010, told CNN: “Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in February 1999 to run the Olympics and has had absolutely no involvement with the management or investment activities of the firm or with any of its portfolio companies since the day of his departure.”
The are relaxed rules for slander and libel of public figures, and as a practical matter they are extremely relaxed for political campaigns. The Obama camp going so far as to suggest Romney committed a felony however, rushes right up to the line of legality, and may have tumbled headfirst into open and malicious falsehoods that may be actionable.
Is it worth filing a case against the Obama campaign? As the “Bain lies” seem to be the Obama camps desperate bid to keep from getting steamrolled in November, the Romney camp may consider forcing Obama to admit his campaign is being run on naked deception. That’s a mark of desperation from an incumbent that should be running on his track record.
Obama, of course, can’t do that, either.