I can't think of any logical reason why Mitt Romney refused this guy's pardon request while he was Governor of Massachusetts. This can't possibly be part of any strategy to win the veterans' vote:
Decorated Iraq war veteran Anthony Circosta seemed like an ideal candidate for a pardon from then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his boyhood conviction for a BB gun shooting.Any way you look at what could be behind it - indifference, incompetnence, or arrogance, it looks just plain wrong to me. Hopefully, his successor will re-examine this issue and give this American hero another chance.
Romney said no — twice — despite the recommendation of the state's Board of Pardons.
At age 13, Circosta was convicted of assault for shooting another boy in the arm with a BB gun, a shot that didn't break the skin. Circosta worked his way through college, joined the Army National Guard and led a platoon of 20 soldiers in Iraq's deadly Sunni triangle.
In 2005, as he was serving in Iraq, he sought a pardon to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.