Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

After 1968 Car Crash, Mitt Romney’s Second Lease on Life

January 12, 2012 10:26 am 4 comments

Mitt Romney. Photo:Brian Rawson-Ketchum.

In France, 1968, republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney survived a horrific car crash in which one of his passengers was killed.  Driving the French Mormon mission president, Duane Anderson, from Pau to Bordeaux, their car crashed with the car of Albert Marie, a Catholic priest at the time.

“We were all talking about how dangerous how the highways were and the French highways, as you know, have the trees that line the road, and we were all talking about how dangerous that was,” Romney said. “And literally as we were having that conversation, boom, we were hit,” Romney told The Boston Globe.

Romney’s brother in law, Bruce Robinson flew to France – at the behest of his father in law – to oversee the medical care of the Mr. Romney. He told The Globe in 2007, “Mitt was just coming out of his coma, but his face was all swollen, his eye was almost shut, and one arm was fractured,” Robinson said. “We didn’t have CT scans or MRIs in those days, but we got what tests we could to show that he was OK, and that he was certainly going to survive, although he probably came within a hair of not surviving.”

Witnesses pegged Marie as inebriated following the crash but Mr. Anderson did not press charges for the incident due to a fear of reprisal from either the French government or the Catholic Church.

Mr. Anderson’s wife Leaola was the only fatal victim of the car crash.

4 Comments

  • I guess that socialized medicine Romney received was pretty good!

  • Romney would not have been looking into the sun. Otherwise, “van remsen” has the right direction. Romney’s story fails to hold water. ***** The Mercedes driven by Bishop Jean-Félix-Albert-Marie Vilnet was in the middle lane, preparing to turn left into Rue de la Poste. Going very slowly. ***** Romney did not have the advantage of seeing the modern concrete traffic divider and the blue-and-white directional arrow. Those had not been installed in 1968. ***** Any visual obstruction, being tired, having a conversation going on in the Citroën DS — The effect of all this was that Romney drove into the middle lane of the road. He caused the straight head-on collision. He was the driver who made the critical mistake. ***** Mrs. Leola Anderson died because she did not have a seat belt. Six people in a five-person car. ***** Someone invented the “drunk priest” they call “Albert Marie.” Someone invented a truck and a truck driver and other local witnesses who attested to the (imaginary) priest being intoxicated. Somehow the police got the diea that romney had been killed. No investigation was registered. ***** And in 2012 we have Rush Limbaugh saying, “Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick !”

    • Your comment is very interesting and one that I find plausible. I don’t believe Mitt’s story for a minute and I thought it was despicable that he and his friends tried to pin the accident on the priest by saying he was drunk. This is another one of Mitt’s lies.

  • the 2007 globe story has a crucial factual error, it states that accident took place on a 2 lane highway, then notes that the local newspaper said the accident was in front of the post office on the north side of Beaulac. the road is two lanes thru the village but becomes 3 lanes AT the post office, 2 lanes south, and one lane north. romney was driving north, in an overloaded car, on an unfamilair road, with his sun visors down, probably do to the setting sun in his face, he wants people to believe the local driver drifted from the left southbound lane ACROSS the southbound left turn lane and caused the head-on collison in the far right, north bound lane, the only one romeney should have been in.
    only morman missionaries, who were not at the accident have said anyone was drunk. the statement about not sueing is hearsay. none of the three french citizens in the other vechicle could be contacted for the article.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

    Read more →
  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

    Read more →
  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

    Read more →
  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

    Read more →