Some things haven’t changed since Geraldine Ferraro was the Democratic VP candidate
Geraldine Ferraro, the first female Vice Presidential Candidate, was selected in July of 1984 and little has changed in politics nearly thirty years later. The former New York rep faced incredible scrutiny over her financial records just as Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP Presidential candidate, is now facing.
Bloomberg quoted Ferraro, who had explained away her involvement in her husband’s company just as Romney has done with Bain Capital.
“How could I justify taking the spousal exemption on my congressional forms, for example, claiming that I knew nothing about John’s business, when I had listed myself as an officer of P. Zaccaro Co. Inc., and as part-owner? Because my involvement was merely titular…,” the late Ferraro had stated.
In a similar manner, Romney has explained his role as chairman, CEO and president of Bain yet claims to not being involved with many of the details called into questions.
Ferraro and her husband, John Zaccaro, had assets of less than $4 million and were forced to discuss her financial records. Romney has released his 2010 tax return and plans to release a preliminary 2011 form at some point.
Just as Romney faces challenges on his Mormon faith, Ferraro was protested at nearly every appearance because of her pro-choice stance. The campaign was ugly culminating with a nasty remark by Barbara Bush, calling Ferraro a “$4 million…it rhymes with rich.”
She later apologized.
Sarah Palin face similar attacks and Romney’s VP selection must also be primed to be dragged through the mud.
Nearly thirty years later and all of the advancements in technology and the lesson in this ‘Age of Information’ is simple: Not much has changed.