Update:The judge weighs in on the Allred-Romney-Stemberg hearing. See at bottom.
Will the greatest October-surprise schemer in California history, attorney Gloria Allred, who trotted out Meg Whitman's housekeeper Nicky Diaz (actually in late September) before the 2010 election and instantly sank Whitman in the polls, all but handing Jerry Brown the governorship -- do it again?
Allred has jumped into the Obama versus Romney presidential election, appearing in court with Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, first wife to Tom Stemberg, the founder of fantastically successful Staples. Stemberg got his seed money from Mitt Romney's Bain Capital. Romney testified in the hideously bitter divorce two decades ago of Maureen and Tom. Super Glo has tapped into her incredible media hotline to, according to Radaronline, imply that Romney lied or otherwise ruined his chances to be president. She wants those sealed transcripts! Juicy!
The only problem is, Romney's people are saying that once they finish reading the long- sealed testimony (such sealing by the court is common in divorces among the rich), they probably will not object to the release of Romney's comments.
Could Super Glo be delivering an October Clunker instead of an October Surprise?
The drama is unfolding far from Allred's home base in Los Angeles, in Canton, Mass. There, a probate judge will hold another hearing today on whether to unseal the 20-year-old testimony.
The key driver behind the request to unseal the documents is the Boston Globe. A Globe attorney, Jonathan Albano, yesterday told Judge Jennifer Ulwick that the public has a right to hear Romney's expert testimony from the early 1990s.
The always contentious and highly effective Allred says Romney was not an "expert" and implies that Romney was just being a duplicitous wing man for his still-close buddy Tom Stemberg.
Somehow, Super Glo came up with two booklets of the supposedly secret testimony.