David S. Bernstein of The Phoenix says that Mitt Romney did not commission his staff to look for women to fill cabinet positions when he got elected Governor of Massachusetts. This supposedly produced “binders full of women” — a comment Romney made last night during the Presidential debate that has gone viral.
Bernstein writes that a bipartisan group of women produced the binders well before they knew the results of that election. They gave Romney the binders after he was elected.
From The Phoenix:
What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration — a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.
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.