Deval Patrick Says Romney Failed Massachusetts
Deval Patrick, the current Governor of Massachusetts gave a critique of his predecessor, Mitt Romney, during his speech at the Democratic National Convention yesterday.
Mitt Romney “talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed, but I can tell you Massachusetts wasn’t one of them,”
Tuesday night was an opportunity to showcase his close-up critique of Romney to a larger audience. He planned to call Romney “a fine fellow and a great salesman,” while adding that “as governor, he was more interested in having a job than doing it.” The lines are typical of Patrick, highly critical without sounding personal or angry, while offering a backhanded compliment.
“In Massachusetts, we know Mitt Romney,” Patrick said.
Patrick then included a list of charges against Romney’s tenure from 2003 through 2007: that Massachusetts was 47th in job creation; that household income was declining; that education was cut “deeper than anywhere else in America;” that “roads and bridges were crumbling;” and that the state had a structural budget deficit.