The Boston Globe has been on the rampage against Mitt Romney. Recently they have attacked him (somewhat unfairly) over his closeness with the Mormon church.
Today they attack his record on the Big Dig and his management skills in general:
It’s amazing. Romney is running for president, using his response to the Big Dig crisis to showcase his management skills. Yet, part of his administration’s response was to give Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff a new $8 million contract extension. There are also questions about whether his administration told bondholders the truth when Romney officials said they were conducting ongoing safety examinations of Big Dig tunnels.
There are two significant issues here. First, the investigation may damage his 2008 chances. After all, who wants to vote for a candidate for President who is under federal investigation? Second, the Boston Globe is going to try to continue this level of attack and research. It is good business! After all, national scrutiny on Romney will drive attention to his scrutinizers-in-chief.
This is quite amusing:
A recent television ad from Mr. Patrick’s campaign featured big pictures of Mr. Romney and Ms. Healey while an announcer reeled off complaints about their administration: increased property taxes; police layoffs; job losses and the tunnel collapse in the Big Dig, a massive highway project that has been under construction for years.
Ms. Healey, aiming to become the first female governor of Massachusetts, has shied from having Mr. Romney accompany her on the campaign trail, though Mr. Fehrnstrom said the governor is willing to do whatever is asked of him. “The extent of Gov. Romney’s involvement in Kerry Healey’s campaign will be determined by Kerry Healey,” he said. So far, he said, the extent of Mr. Romney’s participation has been “fund-raising behind the scenes.”
So why did Romney cut an ad praising himself? Romney has created a test with his chairmanship of the RGA. He is supposed to defend our governor’s seats. His investments in IA and MI are not going so well (early primary states).
He lost his state and his LG is running from him. There’s a record to run for President on. But he’ll be here in IA doing just that on Friday.
I haven’t posted much. I’m traveling the country, helping out various candidates.
Right now, it is fair to say that the Democrats are expanding the field almost everywhere, and resources — money, volunteers, etc — are getting scarce on the GOP. So I was not pleased to see this from The Fix:
The RGA — through its independent expenditure arm — is spending nearly $900,000 on ads touting Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R) — ads that indirectly seek to shore up Romney’s legacy in the state.
This race is lost. Use this stuff where it will matter, not to play CYA. Want more evidence? The Fix also tells us:
… the RGA recently registered a political action committee in the Granite State with the intent of backing candidates on the “state and local level,” according to the filing with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.
If the RGA spends money in New Hampshire it would be even more evidence of Romney looking out for his 2008 interests. The latest independent poll in the race showed Gov. John Lynch (D) with a 69 percent to 16 percent edge over Republican Jim Coburn.
As one of the leaders of our party, Mitt Romney has a job. Elect more governors. Not use the RGA’s money to elect state legislators in NH or waste it in lost races. How about helping Mark Green in WI or Topinka in IL? How about Pawlenty — a probable McCain supporter — in MN or Saxton in OR? Zillions for lost causes demonstrates that Romney is more interested in 2008 than being the leader of our party and fighting for it.