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Six October Surprises?: Not Just Staples, But Gay, Mormon, And Three Trumps!

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"Mitt Romney was heavily involved in the extremely messy divorce of one of his key supporters ... and the Boston Globe is going to court first thing Wednesday morning in an attempt to unseal the court file as well as lift a gag order ... TMZ has learned."

October Surprise. It's usually one big obfuscating flop, but this election has been so spectacularly riddled with gaffes, lies and accusations, it would be amazing if there were just one planned. So far, it seems we have about 6:

The Staples Affair

Did Mitt Romney lie in court about the value of a friend's Staples stock? In a messy divorce, Tom Stemberg, founder of Staples, had Mitt Romney testify as to the value of Staples stock. Bain Capital had been instrumental in establishing Staples, hence had a very big stake in it. The company, however, had not yet gone public. Was Mitt saving his friend's financial ass by purposely undervaluing the stock? Some time later, Staples went public at a much greater value. 

Romney lying about something/anything would certainly not be new: some argue that his entire campaign has been a lie (check out the   Costco interview as reviewed by David Letterman). However, an alleged lie under oath for purposes of cheating a friend's ex-wife out of million$ cannot sit very well with even some hard-core Romney supporters.  

The ENDA Of Romney's Christian Right Support

Log Cabin Republicans have come out with a "qualified" endorsement of Mitt Romney. No big deal, except that most other gays are furious with them (gay Republican seems to be very much the oxymoron). After all, Mitt Romney usually sides with the Christian Right on social issues. The alleged reason for the endorsement, however, has become a cause for the Christian Right to be furious at Mitt: he may have told the LCR that he would support ENDA (the controversial Employment Non-Discrimination Act - supporting gays in the government workplace).  

What we need is a flat emphatic, unambiguous denial from Romney himself. Please clarify for us all, Governor. Bottom line: we need a clear, unambiguous, no loophole denial from Gov. Romney that he will support ENDA as president." -   Bryan Fischer, American Family Association.

We Always Knew He Was Heartless 

Mitt Romney has been a bishop in the LDS (Mormon church) for years. A new piece about his tenure as a Massachusetts bishop titled   Mitt Romney's Heartless Advice to A Woman Whose Pregnancy Might Have Killed Her   has surfaced. In it, Romney's unfeeling entreaty for the woman not to get an abortion caused her to leave the LDS church:

There was no empathy forthcoming from Romney, according to Sheldon, no warmth or sympathy. Moreover, Sheldon contends, Romney cast doubt on her story about the stake president's approval. He simply didn't believe her. He threatened to call him and track him down. He didn't seem to care a lick about her personal well-being.  

The Three Trumps 

Not to be outdone by the like of Gloria Allred (litigating in the gag order on the Staples divorce testimonies), Donald Trump has said that he has THE October surprise. So far, reports have come up with three possibilities:

Some Trump possibilities:

New birther info.

Alleged divorce papers between Barack and Michele Obama.

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