Romney's Bain problem may run through Central Florida in a pretty gruesome way

OK, so yesterday we were all atwitter about the Obama For America press call we were on in which Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter dropped the "felony" bomb with regard to Mitt Romney's now questionable involvement with outsource kings Bain Capital. That bit of campaign red meat came via an explosive piece of reporting by the Boston Globe that cited Securities and Exchange Commission documents showing that Romney overstayed his supposed February 1999 exit to save the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics by, oh, a couple of years, calling into question all of his claims that Bain's well-publicized cruelty to domestic workers was not done on his watch, no sir. All of a sudden, Mitt Romney's immaculate coif was attached to some dirty hands. Well, they may be even dirtier – like, Apopka dirtier. The Globe piece basically built off a July 2 Mother Jones investigation, written by big-talking David Corn, that detailed Bain's sizable interest in a little company named Stericycle. That interest is controversial on many levels, and Romney's name appears on documents sealing the deal with Stericycle after his alleged exit date from Bain. Around the Weekly offices, we know Stericycle as Apopka's favorite medical-waste incinerator. Also, apparently, some of that medical waste comes from abortion providers, and though we're not comfortable saying it (yes we are, but only in impolite company), Romney is now possibly connected with fetus incineration in Apopka. Phew, got that out. In a 2010 email to the state department of environmental protection griping about how hard it is to live up to standards set by the state for its incinerators, Stericycle describes itself thusly.
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Stericycle is a publicly traded company (SRCL) which employs over 5000 people in the United States and over 8000 worldwide. Stericycle is the leading provider of compliant healthcare waste services to over 400,000 customers, including local health departments and public facilities. Within the state of Florida, Stericycle employs approximately 458 employees with 5 treatment facilities and 4 transportation facilities.  Currently Stericycle operates 6 incineration treatment locations operating 8 incinerator units throughout the US, with one facility in Apopka, FL.

OK, so we're on the same page here. Anyway, it's an odd point of entry into the abortion debate for Romney, especially considering that he was pro-choice as Massachusetts governor before he was an extreme pro-life presidential candidate. Not surprisingly, the pro-life folks on the Internet aren't very pleased with Stericycle, and haven't been for awhile. We really don't want to repeat any of this "abortuary" nonsense from one of the protesting websites, so we'll let you click at your own peril. Whether Stericycle was conducting that sort of incineration at the time of Bain's acquisition cannot be immediately confirmed, but if you wanted a gruesome – or hilarious – way to kick off your weekend with a local bit of trivia you probably don't want to spew at the dinner table tonight, there you have it. We're going to wash our hands now.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.