Gloria Allred Is Denied Her ‘October Surprise’

Attorney Gloria Allred, with ample help from the in-the-tank-for-Obama Boston Globe, is working furiously to insert herself into the closing days of the presidential election with an “October Surprise.” Her client, Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, claims that Mitt Romney lied under oath in 1991 during a post-divorce lawsuit she filed against ex-husband and Staples founder Tom Stemberg. Ms. Sullivan had sought an amendment of the couple’s financial settlement from their 1987 divorce, because Staples went public two years later, and its stock price soared. Despite a confidentiality agreement signed by both parties, the Globe has sought to have the gag order overturned. Yesterday, a Massachusetts judge issued a rather interesting ruling: the gag order on Ms. Sullivan remains in effect, but the testimony of Mitt Romney can be released to the media.

In a blow to Allred’s ambitions, that ruling was precipitated by the fact that Tom Stemberg, who had initially opposed the Globe’s request to unseal the testimony, dropped his objection. “We have no concerns about the testimony,” Brian Leary, a lawyer for Stemberg, told the judge in the Norfolk Probate Court in Canton, Massachusetts. Since the Globe was satisfied with getting Romney’s testimony released, they dropped the petition they had filed October 15th, leading the court to rule that Ms. Sullivan would have to file a separate motion to further amend the gag order.

“The Globe’s only interest all along, as should have been clear to all parties, was to obtain the transcript of a presidential candidate’s testimony,” said editor Martin Baron in a statement. “We wanted to read it to see what was there, following standard practice in covering a major election, and we are pleased that the court recognized the great public interest in Governor Romney’s testimony. If it became possible to obtain the transcript without lifting a gag order, we had no reason to object. The gag order is a matter for others to litigate, if they wish to do so.”

Allred was furious, contending that Ms. Sullivan was being denied her rights under the First Amendment, and accusing the Globe of a “double cross.” “Out of context, [Romney's testimony] has no meaning for the public,” Allred said. “She can put it in context.” Maybe she can, but as of Wednesday, Ms. Sullivan herself stated through her attorney that she had no objection to the newspaper’s decision to vacate their petition. Thus it would seem that Allred’s third attempt in three years to bring forth a woman with “bombshell” info aimed at changing the course of a political race is about to fall flat.

So apparently is the effort by a left-wing newspaper to gin up a last-minute media campaign regarding third-party testimony in a post-divorce case more than two decades old. Despite the high-minded claims by Globe editor Martin Baron, the divorce, and the fireworks surrounding it, is old news. The story has been repeatedly covered by Boston newspapers, as well as an article on the front page of the Wall St. Journal – marking the epic saga’s 10th anniversary. In other words, the Globe could have released this story weeks, or even months, ago. That they chose this particular moment in time reeks of Chicago-style dirty politics.

Moreover, in the world of Chicago-style dirty politics, getting sealed divorce records unsealed is nothing new. In Barack Obama’s 2004 run for the U.S. Senate, the sealed divorce records of both Democrat Blair Hull, Obama’s opponent in the Democratic primary, and Jack Ryan, his Republican opponent in the general election, were unsealed. Hull’s records became public after an effort led by Chicago Tribune (Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod’s former employer) brought pressure to bear. According to the New York Times, “The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had ‘worked aggressively behind the scenes’ to push the story.” Ryan’s records were also unsealed following a lawsuit  brought by the Tribune and a Chicago TV station. As a result, Obama, who was behind in both races before the records were unsealed, wound up in the U.S. Senate.

Mitt Romney is apparently unfazed by the effort to smear him. “This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company,” his lawyer, Robert Jones, said in a statement. “He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony.” According to the Washington Examiner, there’s a good reason for that confidence: a source provided them with testimony from the appeals case, revealing that Romney didn’t “max out” on Staples stock even though he could–because he didn’t see the company’s success as a sure thing. “This disproves the Allred allegation completely. He put his money where his mouth was,” said the unnamed source.

Yet reality gets even more damnable for Allred. Romney’s testimony concerns the value of that stock at the time of the divorce settlement. Ms. Sullivan received nearly 500,000 shares in the company, valued at $2.25 each, giving them a total worth of approximately  $1.1 million. She then sold half her stock. Two years later, the stock rose to $19 a share, when the company went public. As a result, Ms. Sullivan pocketed around $5 million, instead of the $9.5 million she would have received if she had held on to all of the stock.

Thus, despite her own decision to sell half of her holdings, Ms. Sullivan has been determined to blame Mitt Romney for her smaller windfall, and has orchestrated an online smear campaign against him, spanning several years. Breitbart reveals that some of those smears may violate her gag order, while Buzzfeed reveals that Ms. Sullivan, who is a Huffington Post “super user,” has used that Internet platform to spew bigotry with respect to the Mormon religion. Add a mini-biography of her life published in yesterday’s Daily Mail that details her “extraordinarily bitter divorce,” a bankruptcy, several relationships with younger men (some of which “ended explosively”), and a “raging 25 year war with her ex-husband,” by a woman “gunning to bring Romney down with an ‘October Surprise,’” and the picture of a woman desperate for her 15 minutes of fame seemingly emerges.

And who better to exploit that desperation than fame junkie Gloria Allred? That would be the same Gloria Allred who attended the “30 Days to Victory” Obama fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on October 7th, and told Fox News’ correspondent Jesse Watters that she “just had a few words with the President” backstage. She further revealed that Obama “had some very kind words for me,” and “knows of my work…” even as she refused to reveal any further details about their conversation.

In the closing days of this presidential election, “conversation” is the operative word. The president and his shameless surrogates are doing everything they can to shift the conversation away from far more important topics, such as the ongoing Libya debacle, millions of un- or under-employed Americans, the top-secret national security leaks, the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, a possible campaign donation scandal involving illegal foreign contributions, or the debasement of the American dollar — just to name a fewIn short, this is a president whose entire campaign has been centered around little more than attempts to smear his opponent, sow the seeds of polarization among Americans, and bury a record of failure and incompetence under a blizzard of disinformation and outright lies.

Allred is a perfect foot soldier for such a campaign. So is the Boston Globe, whose sudden, over-riding interest in court testimony given by Mitt Romney twenty-one years ago is inversely proportional to anything remotely resembling interest in the president’s past. The common thread uniting the two? Immense desperation engendered by the realization that their leftist standard-bearer — and perhaps the entire progressive movement — is standing at the edge of the abyss.

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  • Deeb

    Romney's lawyers also said they had no objection to the release of the transcript.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'm sure this must have thrilled Allred, the dirt digger, to no end.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        I once had some respect for her, but it was all liberal spin. I grew out of that a long time ago.

        • Kufar Dawg

          I respected her until her smear job against Herman Cain. I sincerely hope Cain has some legal recourse to sue Allred and her lackeys for slander/defamation.

    • Gerri

      Willard lies. He is scared of what Gloria and his client are going to find. Say hello to President Obama again on January 21, 2013! Willard lies and Obama wins! It is all over!

      • pyeatte

        Dream on Gerri

      • http://www.facebook.com/toadj1 Alejandro Toad Johnson

        Brainless fool. What has Mitt lied about? This divorce case has been litigated and re-litigated over and over again in the past 25 yrs, all to no avail to the ex wife. She keeps losing over and over and over again. Judge after Judge after Judge, keep finding the ex wifes claims are baseless and have no merit. The ex wife made her own bed and is trying to change history. Mitt did nothing wrong-ha!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        De Nile is just a river in Egypt, and de Lusion must be a wonderful island for you to live on now that you've got an Internet connection there.

      • mitchell day

        Gerri, you’re the proof that the crack don’t smoke itself.

  • Gene W 1938

    Release whatever concurrent with Obama's anything [transcript, passport used in the 80's... leagal birth cirtificate not alone citizenship ... ]

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Release whatever concurrent with Obama's anything [transcript, passport used in the 80's... leagal birth cirtificate not alone citizenship ... ]

      Amazing hypocrisy from all of these insane morons.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    THE PEOPLE WOULD BE BETTER SERVED IF…………………the 21 year transcripts are all released! HOWEVER; Entire transcripts, school records, birth records, SS# records, Selective Service Records, Passport Travel records of Barack H. Obama must be revealed for The People to peruse. Thank you!

    • Gerri

      BIgot! Who cares about silly grades? Whether he got a 0.0 or 4.0, it does not matter. What matters is tha character of a person running for president and if he lies under oath in order to help a good buddy. And that IS what it looks like. Gloria Allred would not do it if it were not true. Unlike Willard the Rat, Gloria has ethics. It is horrendous that a future president of these United States would go out of his way to cheat some poor, discarded woman in favor of his polo pony buddy, Mr. Staples. Go Gloria and tear Willard a new one!

      • reader

        gerri, you're delusional troll – just like gloria all-red, – and you're wasting your time. obama's jig is up. even the gullible figured out that he is a pathological liar.

      • DogWithoutSlippers

        Oh, Gerri, grow up! Read the whole story – Rom's lawyers say release the whole transcripts – just hot air by a dumb loud-mouth broad (like you)? You are truly an Obama-ette!

      • pyeatte

        Better lay off the crack pipe Gerri, your brain is being fried.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        >"THE PEOPLE WOULD BE BETTER SERVED IF…………………the 21 year transcripts are all released! HOWEVER; Entire transcripts, school records, birth records, SS# records, Selective Service Records, Passport Travel records of Barack H. Obama must be revealed for The People to peruse. Thank you!"

        "BIgot! Who cares about silly grades? Whether he got a 0.0 or 4.0, it does not matter. What matters is tha character of a person running for president and if he lies under oath in order to help a good buddy."

        Sarcasm this early?

        "And that IS what it looks like. Gloria Allred would not do it if it were not true. Unlike Willard the Rat, Gloria has ethics."

        OMG, you're serious. You actually think that with Obama's "legacy issues" that Romney is more suspect based on evidence? Those who disagree with you are bigots?

        You are truly insane. I never enjoy any fictional stories, but some of the zombie films are starting to come to mind when I hear from Obama supporters lately (well, for a few years now, but more so lately). The brain is gone but the bodies keep moving and in this nightmare, so do their mouths.

        We need to start a petition to outlaw votes from zombies. We must demand proof of brain activity.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "It is horrendous that a future president of these United States would go out of his way to cheat some poor, discarded woman in favor of his polo pony buddy"

        Everything you said is false, especially describing a millionaire as poor. What a zombie you are. I'm starting to understand that simply disagreeing with psycho-socialist policies is reason enough to target people with your lies. Up is down, rich is poor, poor is rich, anything to keep your class warfare lies simple enough to repeat day after day.

  • prdvetnam

    I wonder why Mitt's testimony wasn't considered important, when he was running for governor.

    • Mary Sue

      because nobody gives a flying squirrel behind who runs Taxachussetts.

  • guest

    I knew a guy who got divorced. She got the house. The value of it dropped, so she took the poor sap back to court, and the judge got him for the price drop. X looked like the woman in the photo, too.

  • libertygirl

    may everyone on the left have to listen to Gloria Allred's voice for eternity..

  • Asher

    Smut peddlers are a dime a dozen…Allread is one of them!

  • Kufar Dawg

    I'll bet Allred is hoping for some sort of cabinet position when obama is "re-elected".

  • Gerri

    Willard Romney is a RAT who would cheat a woman on behalf of a buddy. Don't believe Willard and his rats. Go Gloria! Go Obama!

    • Muggs_37

      You're an idiot Gerri. The stock's worth didn't increase for 2 yrs. later when it went publc. Do ya think Romney had a crystal ball? You must be a left-wing lib.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kurt.anderson.583 Kurt Anderson

      Are you a paid thug for the gay black muzzie child molester, lil barry HUSSEIN soetoro/davis/DUNGham? Get over it. You and barry boy, and his fat ugly wife are loosers. barry BOY is the rat. No. Your muzzie godling is a PIG! A pig tha

    • objectivefactsmatter

      How long has this zombie troll "Gerrie" been around?

    • https://www.facebook.com/michael.s.fischer.5 Michael Saxon Fischer

      Wow, that is profoundly intelligent.

  • Michael Canzano

    If Americans do not yet realize Liberals will say or do anything or not do anything (Bengahzi) to
    maintain power they are living in denial .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If Americans do not yet realize Liberals will say or do anything or not do anything (Bengahzi) to
      maintain power they are living in denial "

      The problem is that many of these lying zombie liberals have voting rights.

  • Michael Canzano

    Allred , her name describes her perfectly.

  • Tanstaafl jw

    Is the Globe demanding the release of Obama's college records?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I love their line about standard procedures for (white) presidential candidates, didn't you?

  • "gunner"

    allred is not only old news, but but well gone into rot. she reminds me of the lawyer in a friend's divorce hearing, i testified tor him. the judge asked the standard question, "do you think this marriage can be saved?" standing at military "attention" i answered firmly "no sir!" the judge, then asked the female lawyer for his wife "do you have any questions?" she looked at me and realised she was in over her head and almost whispered "no questions". "divorce granted" said the judge. he later commented that it was the shortest divorce hearing he'd ever sat on.

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    We should remember that whatever the Left can't achieve through the normal channels of the democratic process, they always fall back on manipulating the legal system with lawsuits to force their agenda on the American public. Keep that in mind in the days following Election Day.

  • Gene

    Sullivan’s arguement is so stupid. Romney’s testimony in 1991 about the value of stock would be worthless two years later. Has anyone watched the stock market? Stocks go up and down. Companies can loose half their value in a single day. They can go up just as fast. Whatever the value was in 1991, it was going to be different two years later. Hard work made the company more valuable. If it had been managed the way Obama manages the economy, the stock would have been worthless. This is just more liberal nonsense.

  • Juan

    A couple things to keep in mind.. The ex wife sold her shares at 2.48 a share, pre reverse and IPO. This was equivalent to 7.44 post split (done right before IPO). So for Romney to testify that this price was a good deal for a year prior to IPO on a company still in the very early stages of growth was NOT lying. The stock did not “jump” in value from 2.50 to 19 in one year. It went from 2.50 PRESPlIT (7.50 post) to 19 post. A company increasing in value like that on an IPO from 7 to 19 is not unusual. But the press is leaving out the split that occurred to magnify the supposed undervaluing. Look at the facts.

  • Desi

    Read the appeals testimony. Although Romney isn't quoted, the judge's diligence in digging into the facts is amazing. He also mentions that the former Ms. Stermberg's psychiatrist testified that she suffers from "histrionic personality." I had to go look it up but once I did, it all made sense.

    When will they give up? Mitt Romney is Mr. Clean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    Wouldn't it be nice of those on the Left who so frequently criticize the Right for a lack of civility would share a small breath of civility themselves.
    Marvin Fox

  • Analytical Larry

    Let's take an analytical look at the Stemberg/Sullivan divorce settlement. They had to divide their assets up so that each would receive fixed amounts which have not yet been revealed. We now know that Mitt Romney assigned a value of $2.25 a share to the non-public common Staples stock based on an earlier sale of preferred stock at $2.90 a share. This is a very reasonable valuation since preferred stock typically has more value that common stock.

    What seems to have been overlooked is that this low common stock valuation actually did Maureen Sullivan a big favor. If the common stock valuation had been at a higher value the amount of stock would have to be reduced to meet her fixed settlement amount. For the common stock valuation at the $2.25 value she would either have had to receive more shares or to receive additional other assets or both. Thus for Allred/Sullivan to claim that somehow Mitt Romney cheated Sullivan is very bizarre.

    Unfortunately Maureen Sullivan choose to sell her Staples stock before it went public and thus she didn't realize its full benefit, but that can hardly be blamed on Mitt Romney. Romney's testimony enabled her to get more stock at the low price.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "What seems to have been overlooked is that this low common stock valuation actually did Maureen Sullivan a big favor."

      And they know they can spin it. Look how successful the left is at creating class victims out of historical fiction.

  • Sonja Silipino

    Listen People!!! If I was as ugly as gloria allred, I would have a mad on at the world too! The problem is
    she is angry at the wrong people! When she was born the doctor should have slapped her mother,
    instead of baby gloria! Has ANYONE ever seen allred smile except when she thinks she effectively
    smeared someone? Any time there is a nasty social stink, you can bet good, old gloria is there
    to sniff the oppurtunities. allred would be very believable in a ' BEANO' commercial,considering, how
    much bad smells seems to appeal to her. Nope! the lower case spelling of her name is not a TYPO!

  • Sunbeam

    This lady is complaining of sour grapes because she can't has it. Too bad indeed.

  • Marti

    Another has been, over the hill Marxist.

  • amused

    Fools , Allred is all about money .She's the Al Sharpton of divorce ,and ex-girlfreinds rights .She can sniff out a lawsuit like houndog . October Surprise ? Yea just like the other 11 months of the year . And just like Sharpton a hound for publicity .
    LOL….." a Marxist " ? By no means ,she's a capitalist if there ever was one . 30% of a few million bucks ain't chicken feed , and the publicity heightens the possibility of an out of court settlement .
    And THE SPIN ! My oh MY ! I'll bet Mr.Alhert can take a boy an his dg story , and turn it into an Obama conspiracy . What a small world you live in . Oh well , collectively the American electorate to a larger degree than anyone wants to think, is gullable and stupid , and are the perfect suckers for trash articles like this .

    • Mary Sue

      Capitalist Lawyers are often philosophically socialists, but it's a strange form of Cognitive Dissonance that infects them.

  • Eva

    They used to call Chuckie Schumer a "lens lice". I think the title should belong to Gloria. For someone who is this scary-looking, she should stay away from the lens altogether. Sad, loudmouth and probably very lonely lib.

    • Mary Sue

      oh yeah the most dangerous place to be is between Chucky Schumer, and a TV CAMERA.

  • norman churcher

    Some abyss!

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