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Romney’s Bain problem may run through Central Florida in a pretty gruesome way

July 13, 2012
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OK, so yesterday we were all atwitter about the Obama For America press call we were on in which Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter dropped the “felony” bomb with regard to Mitt Romney’s now questionable involvement with outsource kings Bain Capital. That bit of campaign red meat came via an explosive piece of reporting by the Boston Globe that cited Securities and Exchange Commission documents showing that Romney overstayed his supposed February 1999 exit to save the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics by, oh, a couple of years, calling into question all of his claims that Bain’s well-publicized cruelty to domestic workers was not done on his watch, no sir. All of a sudden, Mitt Romney’s immaculate coif was attached to some dirty hands.

Well, they may be even dirtier – like, Apopka dirtier. The Globe piece basically built off a July 2 Mother Jones investigation, written by big-talking David Corn, that detailed Bain’s sizable interest in a little company named Stericycle. That interest is controversial on many levels, and Romney’s name appears on documents sealing the deal with Stericycle after his alleged exit date from Bain. Around the Weekly offices, we know Stericycle as Apopka’s favorite medical-waste incinerator. Also, apparently, some of that medical waste comes from abortion providers, and though we’re not comfortable saying it (yes we are, but only in impolite company), Romney is now possibly connected with fetus incineration in Apopka. Phew, got that out. In a 2010 email to the state department of environmental protection griping about how hard it is to live up to standards set by the state for its incinerators, Stericycle describes itself thusly.

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Stericycle is a publicly traded company (SRCL) which employs over 5000 people in the United States and over 8000 worldwide.

Stericycle is the leading provider of compliant healthcare waste services to over 400,000 customers, including local health departments and public facilities.

Within the state of Florida, Stericycle employs approximately 458 employees with 5 treatment facilities and 4 transportation facilities.  Currently Stericycle operates 6 incineration treatment locations operating 8 incinerator units throughout the US, with one facility in Apopka, FL.

OK, so we’re on the same page here. Anyway, it’s an odd point of entry into the abortion debate for Romney, especially considering that he was pro-choice as Massachusetts governor before he was an extreme pro-life presidential candidate. Not surprisingly, the pro-life folks on the Internet aren’t very pleased with Stericycle, and haven’t been for awhile. We really don’t want to repeat any of this “abortuary” nonsense from one of the protesting websites, so we’ll let you click at your own peril. Whether Stericycle was conducting that sort of incineration at the time of Bain’s acquisition cannot be immediately confirmed, but if you wanted a gruesome – or hilarious – way to kick off your weekend with a local bit of trivia you probably don’t want to spew at the dinner table tonight, there you have it. We’re going to wash our hands now.

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  • ajain31

    Republicans betrayed their own conscience when they went against established Republican principles like the MANDATE over healthcare which was a Heritage foundation issue popularized by Gingrich.

    Obama did more than his share to UNITE but the Republicans were out to oppose for opposing sake and not following any policy or principles. In the famous words of Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell the Republicans were out to defeat the Obama agenda even if it went against established Republican policies set by past precedent.

    Mitch McConnell was out to make sure that President Obama remains a one term President and see where it has brought the Congress and its public esteem.

    Gingrich out of his own admission was out to defeat Obama from the day he was sworn in as President.

    You can not justify the Republicans as the “loyal” opposition as is the case in most mature democracies. They have been out to get President Obama by hook or by crook. A leader can meet the opposition half way but can not fold completely to their whims and fantasies like that of the current Tea Party affiliates.

    Republicans will loose in 2012 just like they did in 2008 but with a smaller margin because of the dark money of Billionaires due to Citizens United verdict of the right wing Supreme Court.

  • fourdemocracy

    Liar, liar pants on fire. They aren’t women so they don’t care.