Friday, December 1, 2006
Outside his aqua-colored concrete house here, Rene Alvarez Rosales paused under an almond tree to answer questions about a subject with which he has surprising familiarity: Governor Mitt Romney's Belmont lawn. For about eight years, Rosales said, he worked on and off landscaping the grounds at Romney's home, occasionally getting a "buenos dias" from Romney or a drink of water from his wife, Ann. "She is very nice," said Rosales, 49. About 6 miles away in Copado, a 37-year-old man who recently returned to Guatemala from the United States told a similar story, describing long days tending Romney's 2 1/2-acre grounds. "They wanted that house to look really nice," said the worker, who asked to remain anonymous. "It took a long time." As Governor Mitt Romney explores a presidential bid, he has grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration. But, for a decade, the governor has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house on Marsh Street in Belmont. Click here for the full story.
If the allegations are true, Romney joins two Attorney General nominees (Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood) under President Clinton and nominees for Seceratary of the Department of Labor (conservative pundit Linda Chavez) and Secretary of the department of Homeland Security (NY Police Chief Ray Kerik) under President George W. Bush.
For some background about Romney, click here.