By JEFFREY BRUNER (Gannett)
Question: Mitt Romney says he initiated an effort to find qualified women for his cabinet after he was elected governor of Massachusetts. True?
Answer: Romney has his history wrong.
Romney did act on the recommendations made by a nonpartisan group called MassGAP, and he appointed 10 women for his cabinet. But the candidates were already waiting for him when he assumed office.
MassGAP, a coalition of 25 groups involved with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, launched a campaign prior to the 2002 election to increase the number of women leading state government agencies and commissions.
From its website: "MassGAP sought to eliminate the difficulty that state executives say they experienced whenever they tried to find qualified women for high-ranking positions. MassGAP did this through providing names and resumes of qualified women for top appointments."
Those "binders" came from MassGAP.
"He did not initiate our project," Liz Levin of MassGAP told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "He was the recipient of a project we put together."
(Jeffrey Bruner is the wire chief for the Gannett National Wire Desk in Des Moines.)