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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Fair game

Why oh why is Mitt Romney's record in Massachusetts not subject for debate?

Just because the half-term governor doesn't want to shine a spotlight on his less-than-scintillating accomplishments (short of health care reform) before heading out in the campaign trail after the 2004 legislative election debacle, doesn't mean it is not worthy of vetting.

OK, so David Axelrod wasn't quite prepared to be shouted down by the Romney backers at a Statehouse event last week. The national press corps chose to take that as an Obama gaffe rather than focus on the substance of the message, which can be summed up in one fact: During Romney's tenure in the Corner Office, Massachusetts was 47th in job growth. As Matt Yglesias notes:
I was living in Massachusetts during the 2002 campaign and it's definitely the case that he ran around the state promising to jumpstart job creation. I didn't believe him at the time, but voted for him anyway since I preferred his approach to education and thought he'd be fine on other fronts.
Since Romney has made his case against Obama that of job creation, his record during his own time with his hands on the reins is assuredly fair game. As is his mixed record as a job creator at Bain Capital.

Is it too much to ask for coverage grounded in facts, not gaffes?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's OK to examine Mitt's record when he ran Mass, in fact I hope it becomes a focus. When people are told on a national level how Mitt had to deal with a partisan, extremely corrupt legislature totally controlled by Democrats and he was still able to get anything done it will paint him in a wonderful light.

June 05, 2012 6:38 AM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

Hey, Anonymous: Mitt appointed Angelo Buonopane to an executive position...

and Angelo was definitely Mitt's wasteful lazy hack. Nobody wastes taxpayer money like conservatives & Republicans do!

June 05, 2012 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finneran, Dimasi, Wilkerson...

June 06, 2012 5:13 AM  

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