Romney, a politician with spine – Columnists: Reuell: At last, a politician with spine:

…He got ticked.

Following the death of a Jamaica Plain mother who was crushed to death by a falling concrete slab in the I-90 connector to the Ted Williams Tunnel, Romney reacted not like a politician, but like someone who was shocked the $14.6 billion project seemed to be falling apart, and killing people in the process.

He visited the crash site and could be seen on video, seeming to tear into Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Chairman Matt Amorello, then took to a podium and delivered a stinging press conference in which he said he planned to remove Amorello and suggested there could be criminal charges stemming from the crash.

All in all, it was a breath of fresh air.

It’s not that Romney has been wooden for the last three-plus years. Far from it. It’s that he’s been not simply a politician, but the ultimate politician.

…What is refreshing, though, is seeing a politician who — for once — seems to share our fears and our anger.

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Posted on July 16, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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