Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said that documents saying Mitt Romney was said to be taking a part-time leave of absence from Bain Capital to run the Olympics do not describe the reality of what happened on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.
"You know there may have been a thought at the time that it could be part time. It was not part time. The Olympics was in a shambles," Gillespie said. "He took a leave of absence and in fact, Candy, ended up not going back at all and retired retroactively to February 1999 as a result."
Gillespie also referenced who he said was a former Bain employee and Democrat who ran for the Senate in Massachusetts as saying Romney was absent from Bain. "[He] said, 'he wasn't there, he wasn't engaged in the day-to-day activities,'" Gillespie said.
Gillespie also cited former SEC chairman Harvey Pitt as saying that it's "standard procedure for someone who still has the shares to sign the SEC form even if you're not making the day to day decisions and you've taken a leave of absence."
This post has been updated to reflect Gillespie's comments about retiring "retroactively."