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January 14, 2008

Letter: N.H. voters saw through Romney's hypocrisy





To the editor:



Barbara Anderson, whose regular columns have devolved into predictably incomprehensible nonsense, has topped herself with her latest offering, "On the campaign trail with Mitt Romney" (Times, Jan. 10). It is her right to adore Gov. Romney, but sensible people owe it to themselves to examine Romney's record.



As governor, when faced with a Democratic majority in the state Legislature before the 2004 midterm elections, Romney financed races in dozens of districts, spending $3 million. When the returns came in, Republicans lost two seats, leaving the Democrats with a veto-proof majority in both the state House and Senate.



Deval Patrick's victory over Kerry Healey marked a repudiation of the Romney legacy in Massachusetts, and the Republican Party is now at its weakest point in years.



Presidential candidate Romney now claims he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. Yet, in 1994, when he was running for the Senate, he came out in favor of choice for women. Romney stated that "abortion should be safe and legal in this country" and promised that "you will not see me wavering" on Roe v. Wade.



Romney has been harshly critical of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Despite his rhetoric, his campaign has taken donations from Dutko Worldwide, a lobbying firm that receives millions of dollars from Citgo, a Venezuelan government-linked oil company.



Romney has also been critical of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, yet Romney has invested in Russian and Chinese companies that profit from their trade with Iran, trade that U.S. firms are barred from conducting.



In an August 1994 interview, Romney said it should be up to states to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage, and he criticized Republican "extremists." Presidential candidate Romney has been one of the most aggressive backers of a proposed gay-marriage ban aimed for the 2008 ballot.



In December 2006, the Boston Globe discovered that illegal immigrants from Guatemala had been tending the Romneys' Belmont estate for a period of eight years. Romney said he was unaware of the situation and blamed the contractor. Now Romney rails against those who are soft on illegal immigrants.



Approximately 118 killers and rapists were released early from prison under Governor Romney's watch, yet presidential candidate Romney has expressed outrage over a judge who freed a violent ex-con now accused of killing again.







Even Romney's record on taxes is tainted with hypocrisy. His first budget included no general tax increases but did include a $500 million increase in fees. He later proposed $140 million in business tax hikes through the closing of "loopholes" in the tax code. In his budget for 2006, he proposed $170 million more in business tax hikes. Reasonable people know that fee hikes were simply an attempt by Romney to protect his political reputation as a tax opponent.



It's easy to understand why Mitt Romney did not win in New Hampshire, despite spending millions. Voters in New Hampshire need only talk to their friends in Massachusetts to get the real story.



THOMAS A. HAUCK



Plum Street, Gloucester

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