Mitt Romney probably won’t be bragging quite so much between now and the election about all those jobs he supposedly created at Staples. In an inconveniently timed move for Romney’s presidential campaign, the office-supply chain announced it would be closing 30 American stores and downsizing 30 more. How will that affect jobs? We don’t know, because Staples is doing its best for Romney on that front: Staples spokesman Kirk Saville would not comment as to whether any job reductions are in the works when the company lowers its store count by a net total of 30.
Bragging rights for any candidate aside, I’m sorry for the loss of any jobs. But I have to say I was very put off by Staples founder Tom Stemberg’s partisan pro-Romney speech at the Republican convention.