Romney camp allegedly spent $25,000 on victory fireworks; victory website


BELMONT, MA - NOVEMBER 06: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and his wife Ann Romney emerge from the Beech Street Center after casting their ballots at on November 6, 2012 in Belmont, Massachusetts. The race for the presidency remains tight as Americans are heading to the polls to cast their ballots. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


Justin Sullivan

Multiple sources have reported today that the Mitt Romney presidential campaign allegedly spent $25,000 on victory fireworks, anticipating a presidential victory that never was realized.

The Boston Globe reported this week that Mitt Romney's team spent thousands on a patriotic fireworks show to be held in Boston harbor, his home state.

The fireworks display was meant to last for eight minutes, and was orchestrated by Atlas Pyrotechnics, the same team that puts together Boston's lavish Fourth of July celebration.

Other evidence of the Romney camp's pre-election confidence has emerged, as the dust settles from the hard-fought presidential race. 

Political Wire captured Romney's short-lived "transition" website, which briefly went live on Wednesday, prior to the announcement of Romney's electoral defeat.

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The site provided some insights into how a President Romney might have conducted his first few days in office. First on the agenda: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a national health insurance scheme that Republicans have rejected since it was passed this summer, said the New York Daily News.

There was also a page encouraging interested parties to apply for positions in the young Romney-Ryan administration—although the website warned that "there is much public/press scrutiny, as you would expect in an open, democratic form of government such as ours."

According to the New York Daily News, the website was created by a Utah company called SolutionStream.com, and was meant to be ready to go in case of a Romney victory.

Romney's transition program, if he had won, would have been led by Mike Leavitt, a former Utah governor and Health and Human Services secretary under George W Bush, according to Politico.com.

The Boston Globe added that Romney had already written his acceptance speech on election night: it had exactly 1,118 words.