Obama Camp Neglects to Mention Romney’s Mass. Critics Are Democrats

by Katrina Trinko

In a new web video targeting Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts record, several Massachusetts politicians share their thoughts on how they consider Romney to have done a lousy job as governor. And while all seven are identified by name and current or former title, none of the seven have their political affiliation mentioned.

That may be because “Massachusetts Democrats hate Mitt Romney’s record” is a narrative that’s a smidgen . . . predictable. So with the political labels ditched, the Obama campaign gets coverage like this (from NBC’s First Read, emphasis mine):

It has released a web video, which includes testimonials from local politicians, that makes this point, per NBC’s Carrie Dann: During his 2002 gubernatorial campaign, Romney made similar promises — like using his business experience to create jobs — but didn’t exactly deliver. 

Local politicians sounds better than local Democrats, right?

There are four state politicians interviewed in the video: Senator Karen Spilka and Representatives Jay Kaufman, Jeffrey Sanchez, and Carl Sciortino. All are listed as Democrats on the Massachusetts legislature website.  

Another interviewee, John Barrett, the former mayor of North Adams, is described as a Democrat in a February Boston Globe piece. Melrose mayor Rob Dolan is identified as a Democrat in a 2011 National Journal article, as is former Brockton mayor Jack Yunits in a 2001 Boston Globe piece

Watch the video itself: