Scratch One Candidate

K-Lo is gonna plotz.

Outside his aqua-colored concrete house here, Rene Alvarez Rosales paused under an almond tree to answer questions about a subject with which he has surprising familiarity: Governor Mitt Romney’s Belmont lawn.

For about eight years, Rosales said, he worked on and off landscaping the grounds at Romney’s home, occasionally getting a “buenos dias” from Romney or a drink of water from his wife, Ann.

“She is very nice,” said Rosales, 49.

About 6 miles away in Copado, a 37-year-old man who recently returned to Guatemala from the United States told a similar story, describing long days tending Romney’s 2 1/2-acre grounds.

“They wanted that house to look really nice,” said the worker, who asked to remain anonymous. “It took a long time.”

As Governor Mitt Romney explores a presidential bid, he has grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration. But, for a decade, the governor has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house on Marsh Street in Belmont.

3 thoughts on “Scratch One Candidate

  1. That’s funny, all the migrant landscapers around here are Brazillian. Must be a different union. 😉

    Well, actually, it’s a lawn-guy problem, for Mitt Romney, according to the Globe.
    According to the Globe, the Romneys used a lawn-care company he connected with through his church. He evidently never asked about the legal status of those working for them. An early headache for a governor of a non-border state where immigration has been an issue (Romney got national news coverage of his objection to tuition cuts for illegal immigrants, for instance).
    The company, by the way is called “Community Lawn Service with a Heart.” A Globe interview with one illegal who worked on the Romneys Belmont lawn revealed the details of an occasional “Buenos Dias” from the governor and the first lady of Massachusetts bringing workers water.
    Asked about it at the RGA — seemingly hearing about the status problem for the first time — Romney replied, “Ah, geez.”

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