Here’s Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney explaining how he asked for “binders full of women” who were qualified to serve in his cabinet during his time as Governor of Massachusetts:
Putting aside how creepy it is that Mitt Romney had “binders full of women” – and “creepy” is the exact word my wife used – Mitt Romney’s claim that he “went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’” and those groups in turn brought him “whole binders full of women” to choose from is FALSE. As reported by David Bernstein of the Talking Politics blog, in 2002 (prior to the Massachusetts gubernatorial election) a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of too few women in senior leadership positions in state government. The group set out to address the problem without even knowing at the time whether a Republican or Democrat would be elected governor.
They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.
I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I’ve checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I’ve just presented it is correct — and that Romney’s claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.
Once again, Mitt Romney has proven he’s not above distorting the truth – or just plain lying – in order to make himself look more human and empathetic than he really is.