The Hiller Instinct: Budget Crisis
"Local Aid" the movie is now being shot at the State House. Mitt Romney is auditioning for the role of hero. If he doesn't get it, then he'll be cast as the villain. Mayors, who met Romney today, will be in the movie too, and they don't know yet either, whether they'll be good guys or bad guys.
Romney's supporters are hoping he comes across as a "Daredevil", willing to risk anything to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
"Darth Vader", Star Wars, Lucasfilms Ltd.
"You are beaten... It is useless to resist."
What Romney supporters fear is that he'll look like "Darth Vader", an evil doer out to destroy civilization as we know it.
"Would you see yourself more in the budget fight in the daredevil or as "Darth Vader".
Governor Mitt Romney (R) Massachusetts
"I'm not going to use either one of those characterizations."
But mayors I talked to would…
"(laughs) I think he's the "Daredevil" at this stage of the game. I've got to give the governor credit."
Mayor John Barrett III, North Adams
Mayor Chip Clancy, Jr., Lynn
The mayors would like to be cast as "Bravehearts", fighting to save their families and communities. What the mayors do not want is to be seen as crybabies...
"What do you think the public perception is of mayors... Courageous warriors or crybabies?"
Governor Mitt Romney
"I don't think I can speak for the public's perception. I haven't seen any polls."
So poll the mayors…
"We neither one, we are very realistic people, who have to run our cities. And if we're crying, it's because we really lost money."
Mayor Judith Robbins, Attleboro
Mayor Richard Sullivan, Westfield
How does the "Local Aid" movie end and who gets which parts? I'd be glad to tell you, but the script is still being written.