The Gloria Allred ‘October surprise’

The Associated Press reports Wednesday that the former wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg went to court with publicity-conscious lawyer Gloria Allred to tell a judge that she does not object to unsealing testimony given by presidential candidate Mitt Romney in her divorce case. 

The Boston Globe asked a judge to lift an impoundment order on Romney’s testimony in the 1990s divorce case between Tom Stemberg and Maureen Stemberg Sullivan. 

Romney lawyer Robert Jones told Time Magazine: “This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company. He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony.”

Bain Capital was an early investor in Staples, and Romney served on the company's board for years. The Republican candidate often cites the company as an example of private-sector success. Stemberg spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer, saying that Romney "never looked at Staples as merely a financial investment. He saw the engine of prosperity it could become."

Reality television mogul Donald Trump is  hyping his own "October surprise" related to President Obama's past.  

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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