Mitt Romney Shut Down a Company Over a Young Woman

There are many stories about Mitt Romney’s evil-doings when he ran Bain Capital, a $1 billion company famous for buying troubled companies and making money off them.


Some of the stories involve Bain laying off workers to make companies profitable, then selling them off.

Some of the stories involve Bain and Romney chopping companies to bits and selling off the parts.

This story is about Romney shutting down a thriving business over a woman. A young woman. A woman young enough to be Mitt’s daughter.

Missing Girl

Her name name was Melissa Gay. She was the daughter of a business partner of Romney’s at Bain.

Melissa was 14-years-old when she went to a rave party, took some ecstasy, and disappeared.

It was July 6, 1996.

Melissa’s father was managing director of Bain Capital investment.  He confided to Romney about his daughter’s disappearance a day after she disappeared. Did Romney keep the secret?

No. Romney told everyone.  Everyone at Bain Capital, that is.

When Mitt learned that his partner’s daughter was missing, he shut down a billion dollar company and sent the senior managers into New York’s rave culture to find her. He authorized printing of 300,000 fliers to distribute. Some Bain employees ruined expensive shoes and suits, facing unprecedented dangers, looking for a girl.

“Our children are what life is all about,” Romney told the New York Times.

Bain executives, led by Romney, paid the expenses for their search.  In addition to the fliers, they set up command posts at two hotels in New York, plus at RR Donnelly in Manhattan.

Character Counts

God and His nature blessed Romney with money and looks and all the privileges and immunities those bring. That makes it easy to assume he’s selfish and egotistical.  Maybe he is. There’s not enough information to tell from this story.

But this story tells us Mitt Romney’s the kind of man who will risk millions to find someone’s missing daughter. Like Ross Perot, who hired commandos to rescue his employees from Iran when Jimmy Carter was unable to find his Leadership costume, Romney knows that, sometimes, the proper balance between work and family is 110% family.

I have a lot of issues with Romney, but when my wife pointed me to this story today, one question was answered.  I know now that Mitt Romney has the heart and character to lead a nation.


In their annual report, Bain Capital lists its most significant achievements each year.  For 1996, the investment firm’s top achievement, as voted by Romney and his executive team, was shutting down to look for a missing girl.

In case you’re wondering, Melissa turned up in New Jersey six days later. A young man saw her story on the news and notified authorities.

All the details available on Snopes


17 thoughts on “Mitt Romney Shut Down a Company Over a Young Woman”

  1. Big deal. It’s easy to make this kind of “sacrafice” when you’re spending someone else’s money – in this case the money of Bain Capital shareholders. I might feel a little differently about this had Mr. Romney funded this search from his own sizeable stash of wealth. Did he? I don’t know of Romney has the heart to lead a nation, but he certainly is well acquainted with spending other peoples’ money, which puts him in good company in Washington D.C.

    1. I would hope that the point of the story and the one that should matter most, is that people matter to him, not just making money. And he can and does make the shareholders of Bain Capital lots of money. I am sure that the awesome PR that Bain Capital got from the story more than compensated anything they might have lost. Obama doesn’t know how to “make” money for any company except to take it from the taxpayers and give it to the companies so he has them in his pockets at our expense. His idea is to spread the wealth of others around to people who want to stand in line for a handout. You might not like Romney, but but he is an Eagle Scout compared to Obama.

      1. When one is truly making a sacrifice and one’s own time or wealth then we can talk about their charitable nature and leadership qualities. You hit upon a good point when you suggested yourself the P.R. value of such a move on his part. I think you probably have a pretty good handle on Romney’s actual motivations. As for comparisons to Obama, almost anything looks marginally better compared to him, that is hardly a compelling argument worthy of the largest portion of your post.

  2. Thanks for posting, Bill. At first glance, I feared this would be another “take down” of Romney. I don’t think he’s the most Conservative candidate…preferred Santorum…but, I’ll hold my nose & vote for him. Heck, I’d vote for dog excrement over Barry…

    Romney 2012…At least he’s NOT a COMMIE!!!!!

  3. … seems that for some no matter what this fine man does … it doesnt matter much … thats why others find and tell the many stories Romney wont. … And there are pleanty more to be told, but not by the man himself, because he isnt a braggert. They will be told by the people whose lives he made a difference in … like the daughter of a business partner who had died, he paid for her college education in the medical field, giving the nation a wonderful new doctor … or the time he got his sons together, loaded up the Gran Torino with fire wood for a church members daughter whose gas had been turned off in the middle of winter driving it from Boston to Dorchester … if people were serious about wanting a good and decent man in the office of the presidency they wouldnt be so fast to make snide remarks about one thats right in front of their faces.

  4. Corey Stinson – The answer to your (I believe) dishonest question is simple. This is how you can know it IS NOT about self aggrandizement. You never heard about this story in the LAME Stream Media puree (for good reason since it doesn’t fit their or your agenda) OR on the Romney campaign trail. So unlike and opposite the non stop self promotion of “the perfect man, husband, American, President, ad nasuem” OBAMA!

    1. Use your brain or better develop your reading comprehension skills. Had you read anything else I wrote in this thread it should be clear enough that I am no Obama supporter. DUH!

  5. How very sad. God blessed the angel who would become Satan as well. To decide someone has what they have because God blessed them ignores the majority of scripture. Also, Bain was shut down and it’s resources applied to finding a 14 year old girl who through free will attended a Rave party and took ecstasy. A member of Romneys elite. So money that was gained as Bain pillaged companies and “created value for themselves and shareholders” went to find a rich young girl. One girl. How about the hundreds of thousands more, or even the kids who’s parents lost jobs thanks to Bain? Lesson here is not a Christian one: Jesus did not favor the wealthy or opportunistic. Romney and Bain looked out for there own, not at all the message of Christ. Romney and Bain are both aptly a Bain to society.

  6. Would he have shut down the company if a child of a peon was missing? And he shut down his company for a few days to try to find the child of a executive How many companies did he first loot and then shut down forever, and hwo many children’s families were left with no source of income?

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