With President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney neck and neck, speculation has raged that people close to the president’s campaign will trot out some sort of “October surprise” to try to drag Romney down in the polls. Now, with President Obama’s debuting a new phrase on the campaign trail – “Romnesia” – some conservatives think they’ve worked out what that surprise might be.
The problem? It’s not a surprise. It’s a year old story. Gateway Pundit explains:
[Gloria] Allred has a reputation of dragging perceived female victims in front of the camera as props to bash Republican candidates. In October 2010 Allred dragged out illegal alien Nicki Diaz to attack heartless Meg Whitman. Minaj was upset Whitman didn’t buy her child a present and claimed Meg took advantage of her despite the fact she made a good wage. In November 2011 she dragged out Sharon Bialek who accused Herman Cain of sexual abuse.
Considering her past record it is likely this year’s October surprise involves Carrel Hilton Sheldon, a former Mormon.
The book Horror Stories: Mitt Romney’s Shameful Record with Mormon Women details Mitt Romney’s “psychological intimidation and bullying” during his role as a Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The report describes how Romney “tried to bully” Carrel Hilton Sheldon when she was suffering through a difficult pregnancy into not having an abortion.
Now, in the most literal sense, Sheldon’s story is an “October surprise.” Unfortunately, that surprise came last October. The New York Times reported on October 15, 2011:
Mormons oppose abortion, except in extreme cases like rape, incest or where the life of the woman is in danger — and require that church elders be consulted. In 1990, Exponent II, a Mormon feminist magazine that Ms. Dushku, the Suffolk University professor, helped found, published an article by a married mother of four who recounted her own experience after doctors advised her to terminate her pregnancy when she was being treated for a potentially dangerous blood clot.
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