Letter: Romney's hidden room a metaphor for personality

Published October 30, 2013 1:01 am

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I was interested to read The Salt Lake Tribune article "The hidden room inside Mitt Romney's Utah house," Oct 23. I think every person is entitled to have some measure of privacy. Garden-variety secrecy and keeping personal matters close to one's vest is a great attribute.

However, I believe Mitt Romney has an unhealthy obsession with keeping far too many things hidden from view, even when it does him absolutely no good to hide or evade. Someone will find out, such as The Salt Lake Tribune's investigative report that states "the second bookshelf from the far wall is really a door that swivels to reveal a hidden room" in his new Holladay mansion.

The man isn't classy enough to be a James Bond secret agent. Mitt tries to emulate his late father, but his management style of concealment almost resembles an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It isn't "Vertigo," but more like "Wheel of Fortune with silly or sinister spins" or "Mitt's Safe Room" in event of a burglary. But, it's probably just a place where he stashes 1 percent of his stuff. The home has eight bathrooms and skeletons in every closet. Perfect for Halloween.

James A. Marples