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The people of Massachusetts know the real Mitt Romney. Here are their stories.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Those of us from the Bay State know what kind of leader Mitt Romney really is. If you’ve ever wondered why Romney is down 20 points in his home state, this is your chance to find out why.

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Romney laid off social workers. What are his priorities?

Published on November 1, 2012,

My friend is a social worker with DCF. Romney
laid off social workers leaving those extra caseloads for those
workers who remained….on top of their already heavy loads. He is no
friend of those who have jobs in social services or those who
desperately need those services.
Lorrie, Granby

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Romney will never win an election here.

Published on October 31, 2012,

Mitt took tons of state jobs and moved them overseas – computer tech was a hot job at the time and my husband, who is a carpenter was finishing up a computer programmig class as something he might do as a second career. Outsourcing all those was a green light to Mass companies to do the same – no one in his entire class got a job.

He then paid increased fees to maintain his professional licenses and certifications, increased fees for pulling a construction permit, increased fees for inspections.

He slashed basic services mostly for the poor including homeless vets. He cut higher public ed by 25% which crippled community colleges and state universities which served primarily massachusetts residents. His scholarship program that he has gone on and on about amounted to less then $750.00 dollars, you still paid for books, housing, dinning plans. If you were a commuter there were fees. The best thing about Mitt Romney being govenor was that he was out of the state most of the time campaigning for president – at our taxpayer expense. He only seemed to come back to state to veto legislation – a record 704 times, unprecented for any govenor in our state, especially for someone who claims to have been so bipartisan. He is not even trying to contest this state becuase he will never win an election here.
Judith, Worcester

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Any man that dyes his hair, spray paints his tan, and fakes that he likes average people has no business running for President

Published on October 31, 2012,

Romney brags that he was a Republican Governor in a Democratic state but there were three others him. He raised the cost of state college 65%, he cut state funding to schools and was responsible for the Big Dig mess. He was bad for Massachusetts and will be horrible for the country. Any man that dyes his hair, spray paints his tan, and fakes that he likes average people has no business running for President.
Carol, Weymouth

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Mitt created a fee on handicapped children.

Published on October 31, 2012,

We had adopted a Handicapped child from the state. Mitt imposed fees everywhere, but the most heinous was directed toward the disabled. It cost $100.00 just to keep my daughter verified as mentally retarded.
Judith, Worcester

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Romney told other governors to “amend their Constitutions before it is too late” on marriage equality.

Published on October 31, 2012,

Romney carried to an extreme his personal fight against the right of same sex partners to marry. He not only fought for a referendum in Masssachusetts but also spent a lot of time trying to influence Governors of other states to “amend their Constitutions before it is too late.” He had a right to his personal opinion but not a right to take time from his day job as Governor to attempt to gain national recognition and support for his aspiration to become President of the US. Small wonder that he is unpopular with a majority of voters in Massachusetts.
Graham, Norfolk

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Governor Romney is not a man interested in leading the downtrodden.

Published on October 31, 2012,

During Governor Romney’s term, I attended nearly every meeting of the Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence. He offered no leadership on the subject violence, which surprised me because he has spoken about his compassion for rape victims and his belief that strong families are the key to America’s future. His Lt. Governor, Kerry Healey, deserves some credit for taking the bull by the horns and attempting to apply some modern criminal justice principles to the realm of sexual and domestic violence, but without vocal support from the Governor, her initiatives were only tepid steps. Governor Romney is not a man interested in leading the downtrodden.
Monica, Arlington

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We, as Massachusetts citizens, know Romney will say whatever he thinks will get him what he wants.

Published on October 31, 2012,

Romney poured buckets of money into slick ads—like the one in which
he wore neatly pressed jeans and pretended to do blue-collar jobs like
pitching hay for cows, unloading a fishing boat, and hauling garbage.
He was good looking, he pretended to be a moderate, some people felt a
little sorry for him after he claimed the Democrats weren’t being
fair to him and, after all, the state has a history of electing
Republican governors.

Every Republican governor in MA before him ran for at least two terms.
Romney did not seek re-election in 2006. After all, now he could say
that he had served as governor, so we had served his purpose. When
asked, he said was he had fulfilled his objectives (like, using us as
a platform for a run as president). By November 2006 (two months
before he left office), his approval rating in our state stood at 34
percent—that is, 48th out of all U.S. governors.

We, as Massachusetts citizens, know that he’ll say and do
whatever he thinks will get him what he wants. I beg of all those who
read this—please don’t give him your vote.
Linda, Cambridge

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Romney has no long-term principles

Published on October 31, 2012,

When Romney was governor, for him it was all about looking good, or at
least doing what he thought would make him look good. He’s a poser,
who has demonstrated no long-term principles. And he sure didn’t
create many jobs while he was here, nor did he associate with folks
outside the 1%.
Mark, Lexington

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Romney spent most of his time out of state, complaining about how awful our state was.

Published on October 30, 2012,

He was hardly here. He only used the office so that he could run for President. He spent most of his time out of state, complaining about how awful our state was to try and drum up support for his campaign.

His running mate for governor, Kerry Healy ran for governor herself after Mitt left office. Mitt left her holding the bag and she paid the price. Her campaign went terribly and he was out of the picture.
Sally, Worcester

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Romney managed to spin his short-term job into a fairy tale of success.

Published on October 30, 2012,

I remember when he came in as governor, excited that he was going to do good – he didn’t.  The Big Dig overruns happened on his watch, and there’s video of him  calling the whole project “a political tar baby.”  The press has him running for President for 7 years, but in reality it’s been 17 years.

It AMAZES me his record in Mass doesn’t come up more, it’s the one
time he had a job relevant to the presidency. Like Sarah Palin he’s
managed to spin his short-term job into a fairy tale of success.

There are  folks that have gag orders from talking about Mitt.
Carey, Boston

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Romney put a velvet rope between him and the citizens. Literally.

Published on October 30, 2012,

OK, it’s symbolic…but my memory of Romney-as-Governor always comes
down to the fact that there was a velvet rope and two state troopers
preventing the unwashed citizenry, including me, from going down the
corridor to the Governor’s office. That was among the first things to
go, once he went (thankfully) off to run for President.
Robert, Quincy

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Romney accepted a $25,000 statue as a gift says former Bain staffer

Published on October 29, 2012,

While working at Bain Capital from 2002 to 2003 as support staff, my colleagues and I were instructed to deliver a statue appraised for $25,000 as a gift to Governor Romney from his partners at Bain Capital. In 2002, I saw a fax from the NY Fed Chairman inviting one of Mr. Romney’s chief deputies at Bain to lunch to discuss ways to shape the direction of the economy.

This struck me as Bain having back door access to power that others did not have. While he was Governor, it was not unusual to see Mr. Romney at Bain Capital huddling with his advisors. This, too, was a Bain back channel to power and influence that others did not have.
- Bobbi,Cambridge

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Romney’s bait and switch on tuition. Fees skyrocket.

Published on October 29, 2012,

Romney says those who pass the high-stakes test at a certain rate get free tuition at state institutions, it’s really almost nothing.It’s the fees that are the killer.
-Trudy, Westfield

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Mitt Romney made us 47th in job growth.

Published on October 28, 2012,

Mitt Romney claims he was a job creator but during his term as governor MA was number 47 in job growth. His company, Bain Capital, bought KayBee Toys, loaded them with debt and then sold them. Several hundred people lost well paying jobs. The company had been making money but not enough for Mitt. Bain also owned Bright Horizons Day Care in our local hospital but its own employees could not afford to send their children there.
-Carla, Pittsfield

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Romney made our classrooms into test prep factories.

Published on October 27, 2012,

I work in Higher Education. Romney slashed budgets and raised fees on students. Romney claims that Mass. students were first in education. While they may score high on achievement tests, they are not college ready as a result of measures pushed by Romney. Classrooms are simply test prep factories. Simply put – his education policy was a disaster and we are still feeling the effects.
-Trudy, Westfield

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My annual property taxes were $4400 per year before Romney took office and $6400 after he left office.

Published on October 26, 2012,

I am a retired school teacher who resides in Winthrop, MA.  Governor Romney slashed state aid to the cities and towns leaving them with two options: Lay off municipal workers or raise local taxes. During his 4 years as governor, less affluent towns were forced to lay off police, firemen, teachers, and other municipal workers to make up the budget shortfall created Governor Romney’s policies. Our town was among them. We were down to the bare bones budget until our we voted on and passed a 6.2 million dollar override. My annual property taxes were $4400 per year before Romney took office and $6400 after he left office. When Governor Romney says he cut taxes only tells half the story. The state taxes were cut, but the local taxes increased more. Many local and services were cut. Many new state fees were introduced. The net result was the average homeowner of our commonwealth was paying more for fewer services. Governor Romney is a master of this shell game. Governor Romney is a hypocrite as well. Several times he tried to pass pension reform and cited the abuse of the pension system as reasons for reform. Just before he left office he tried to slip a $125,000 per year pension to his campaign manager Eric Ferhsten. The Boston Globe uncovered his scheme and made it public. His poor performance as Governor is why Massachusetts will vote 2-1 against Governor Romney for President.
- Robert, Winthrop

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[Don, Milford] Mass knows Mitt? No one including Mitt knows Mitt.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Each morning during the Mitt the Twit years, the Boston Globe would have another crazy idea Mitt had proposed. The following morning there would be a retraction. Most of the time he was out running for President and bad mouthing Massachusetts.  We have had some lousy governors but he is right up there with the worst. Mass knows Mitt? No one including Mitt knows Mitt. His position on any issue will change in the next hour.
- Don, Milford

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[Anne, Cotuit] Scholarships were really a few hundred dollars.

Published on October 26, 2012,

You know that claim he makes about the scholarship for qualifying high school seniors that provides them with a “free ride” to any state school? Well, in reality it amounts to a few hundred dollars; tuition only, no fees, no room and board included. We were so excited when our daughter qualified, and just as disappointed to learn it really didn’t amount to much; like most of his proposals, it sounded way better than it was.
- Anne, Cotuit

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[Jim, Sudbury] There is a good reason why he chose not to run for reelection.

Published on October 26, 2012,

There is a good reason why he chose not to run for reelection. He would never have made it It should also be pointed out that it was during his predecessor as governor, Bill Weld, when Massachusetts school children performed very well. Weld should be given the credit.
- Jim, Sudbury

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[Lynn, North Attleboro] No wonder he is at 30 per cent here.

Published on October 26, 2012,

I was an elected member of our local school committee when Romney became Governor. Although we are a suburban community, we have non-English speaking children in our system. Romney eliminated bi-lingual education funds for Massachusetts Once he decided to run for President after 2 years as Governor, he went around the country making jokes about Massachusetts and its citizens. No wonder he is at 30 per cent here.
- Lynn, North Attleboro, MA

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[Claudia, Stow] A mortgage now costs more than three times as much to record.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Mitt always likes to mention how he didn’t raise taxes in Massachussets. What he did do was raise fees in the state. He raised the recording fees for documents related to land. So to record a discharge of a mortgage you paid off it would cost over 3 times as much. To record a trust, it would cost almost 5 times as much. A mortgage now costs more than three times as much to record. It was sneaky.
- Claudia, Stow

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[Marcel, Pepperell] You just cannot trust this man.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Mitt Romney brags that he knows how to cross the aisle and work with legislators from the opposing party. Let’s be clear. The reason he signed legislation sent to him when he was governor of Massachusetts is that the Massachusetts legislature is so over overwhelmingly Democratic that any legislation that he vetoed, or would have vetoes, would be easily overridden by the legislature. It had nothing to do with bipartisanship. As soon as he was elected Governor he went out of state to campaign for President. He was not only out of state more than in it he denegrated and lambasted the very state of which he was Governor. You just cannot trust this man.
- Marcel, Pepperell

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Romney didn’t care about saving money for a rainy day.

Published on October 26, 2012,

We are struggling with the poor financial state of Massachusetts due to the fact that Romney didn’t care about saving money for a rainy day. When that day came, his tax policies left us without proper resources.
- David, Amherst

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Romney emptied the State Rainy Day Fund

Published on October 26, 2012,

Romney emptied the State Rainy Day Fund — used to keep the state economy stable during hard times — in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy. He cut funding to the cities and towns causing our property taxes to go up. Our fees (i.e.: auto license, dog license, business permits, etc) doubled, while teachers, police and fire-fighters were laid-off. He spent his last year bad-mouthing the state at several Republican gatherings. When he left office, his staff removed all the hard-drives from the state computers to bury his tenure, leaving a check to cover the cost for new hard drives. In my opinion: that is like robbing a bank and leaving an I.O.U. I would like to see the campaign wind-down with the slogan: Ask Massachusetts!
- Roger, Haverhill

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He will do anything to put the title President of the United States next to his name.

Published on October 26, 2012,

I took a giant leap of faith and voted for Mitt.  His record as a jobs creator in the state speaks for itself.  In the third debate he tried to take credit for Massachusetts’ excellent public school ranking, when in fact it was his predecessor who enacted the policy that created the improvements. As was the case of most everything else, Olympics included, he stood on the sidelines and tried and take more credit that he deserved. I truly believe that he has the potential to be a more dangerous president, if that’s possible, than George W. Bush.  Willard Mitt Romney is a crook who will do anything to put the title President of the United States next to his name.
- Carey, Brighton

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I remember being impressed with Romney’s “Health Care for All” plan…

Published on October 26, 2012,

I remember being impressed with Romney’s “Health Care for All” plan, an idea that, for some warped reason, he now disavows.  Romney’s bid for governor was fueled by his running the Utah Olympics, an event largely made possible through sizable Federal government subsidies. He was a mediocre governor and is completely lacking in the qualities required to be the leader of our country. The polls speak volumes: Romney’s approval rating in MA is hovering around 30%.
-Elena, Cambridge

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Special interests over public interest.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Breastfeeding offers important health benefits for mothers and babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics and many other health professional organizations recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six month. Formula company “goodie bags” for new mothers with samples, coupons and advertising send a message that the hospital providing this “gift” endorses early formula feeding and that this practice undermines breastfeeding initiation. The public health, breastfeeding, and childbirth communities support banning those bags. In 2006, Governor Romney blocked this ban, which was supported by the Department of Health. He stood on the side of powerful corporate interests rather than the Commonwealth’s mothers, babies, and families. Since his tenure, all hospitals in the Commonwealth have voluntarily eliminated this inappropriate practice. I cannot vote for someone who repeatedly prioritizes policies for special interests over policies for public interests.
- Carol, Natick

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Romney has no intention of working with us.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Romney was a carpetbagger taking advantage of a weak Democratic candidate to shove his way into office. He had no interest in running the state and spent most of his time out of state complaining about how mean we all were. Even members of his own party couldn’t work with him. It’s not because he was a “severe conservative” that he’s so unpopular now, it’s because he had no intention of working with us, he just wanted a stepping stone to where he is now.
- Heather, Cambridge/Somerville

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Disgraceful, disgusting, and amoral.

Published on October 26, 2012,

For the last two years of his Governorship. Romney toured around the country campaigning for his “presidency-in-advance” by telling nasty jokes about Massachusetts, the state he was sworn to protect and promote. Disgraceful, disgusting, and amoral.
- C.W., Newton

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Terrifying to think of Romney as president.

Published on October 26, 2012,

I was a State Employee then, (I’ve been retired for ten years now) and it was a struggle to get a pay increase, or anything while he was in office. He was the worst governor we ever had, it’s terrifying to think of him as president.
- Alexandra, Wareham

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We are still cleaning his BS up all these years later.

Published on October 26, 2012,

He didn’t ask for the binder full of women. Womens’ groups brought it to him. He was known to ask why more male weren’t sent to him for positions as judges! I could go on. He wouldn’t win for dog catcher in Massachusetts! We are still cleaning his BS up all these years later.
- Kerry, Boston

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I still remember the humiliation…

Published on October 26, 2012,

My daughter shared the experience of what it means to be a leader when Mitt was governor.  Mitt likes to brag that he did not raise taxes in Massachusetts and balanced the budget. He does not talk about the impact of his decisions. The public high school my daughter attended was forced to make hard choices to maintain the level of education that it had historically. This meant extra curricula activities such as sports and drama saw severe cuts in funding. The only way too extra curricula activities was by instituting user fees. As the parent of the team captain, I had the unfortunate responsibility to inform parents of the user fees and to gently remind them to pay if they wanted their child to continue in the activity. I still remember the humiliation in the voices of her peers’ parents as they told me that their children could not participate in the sports because they did not have the spare cash to pay the user fees for the sports. Ultimately, the teams were not inclusive in her public school because the children from upper middle class families were able to participate because their parents paid the user fees. Parents who did not have the extra money did not have the reward of seeing their children succeed in areas that were outside of the academic classes. As for me, the amount I needed to pay for user fees for her to participate in extra curricula activities year round at a public high school exceeded how much taxes had gone up in previous years.
- Fern, Williamstown

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Liar, Faker, Millionaire.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Yes, I know Mitt. I’m a resident of Cape Cod and i think the most astounding fact about Mitt is that he brought obamacare to mass, though like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I knew, from the moment that he chose to be a Mass Resident what he came here for. And yes, he ran for President more than six years. Liar, Faker, Millionaire.
-Janet, West Falmouth

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Romney’s war on EMTs

Published on October 26, 2012,

Governor Romney promised not to raise taxes when he was governor, but what he did do was raise fees. As a certified basic EMT in Mass, I have to re-certify every two years. I have to pay for continuing ED classes, then I have to take a 24 hour refresher course, all so I can work for a company that starts pay at 11 dollars an hour. I also have to pay a fee to the state to process the re-certification paperwork. When Romney came in as governor, that fee was 75 dollars. When he left, it as 150 dollars! That is so I can do a job that pays less than 30,000 dollars a year.
- Todd, Framingham

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He was pro-choice as governor; now he’s pro-life. I think he’s just pro-Mitt.

Published on October 26, 2012,

He was pro-choice as governor; now he’s pro-life. I think he’s just pro-Mitt. He was in favor of Obamneycare; now he’s against it. He was pro-gay rights; now he’s against them. Romney is a well-oiled weathervane. He will do anything, say anything to get himself elected.
- Nancy, Malden

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Constant Bickering

Published on October 26, 2012,

The only think I can remember about Mitt as governor is his constant bickering with the turnpike authority. I don’t think he accomplished whatever he was all worked up about, but there was a lot of noise. I will give him credit for signing in Romney Care. It has saved me a lot of money on my own insurance and on that of my employees. It works really well. What I can’t understand is why he doesn’t think its good enough for the rest of the country.
- Maureen, Bradford

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I pray he does not become our President.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Mitt was gone almost half the time that he was “Our Governor.” I would like to have a Governor like our President. I wrote to our First Lady, Mrs. Obama and within one week, I received an answer and an instruction to always let her know if there was anything else that she could help me with. Of the four letters sent to Governnor Romney, no answer.  I pray that he does not become our President.
- David H, East Brookfield

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He local aid to towns, causing towns to raise property taxes.

Published on October 26, 2012,

When Mitt Romney was Gov. of Massachusetts he cut state taxes, but raised fees on everything making it very expensive for small businesses. He local aid to towns, causing towns to raise property taxes. Mr. Romney did no favors to Massachusetts business or tax payers
- R. Wayne, Holbrook

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I wanted to throw a shoe at the T.V. when he said he was proud of my state.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Romney spent more time bashing Massachusetts than he did governing it! I wanted to throw a shoe at the T.V. when he said he was proud of my state. It isn’t his state. He is going to lose Massachusetts by 20 percentage points. That should say it all.
- Carolyn, Cambridge

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Mitt Romney did not go out and SEEK “binders” of resumes…

Published on October 26, 2012,

Actually, Mitt Romney did not go out and SEEK “binders” of resumes of prominent, capable women to help head up his cabinet and departments. Instead, women’s groups sought HIM out and asked why he had so few women as candidates for his cabinet and departments. That’s how it really happened.
- Donna, Winthrop

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His positions change as readily as the weather in New England.

Published on October 26, 2012,

Romney’s record in job creation was appalling and his management of the state’s budget left huge deficits. He is a pragmatist whose positions change as readily as the weather in New England. He is not a reliable national leader for the future of the United States and our standing internationally.
- Robert, Newton

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He was not a governor, but a boss.

Published on October 26, 2012,

He was not a governor, but a boss. He sent 800,000 jobs to China, and my poor mother in law at 80+ years, saw her home taxes go up every year so that she had to have help from all of us to keep her home. Her daughter and son in law lived with her along with another son so she could get by. We are still trying to bail out from him. But I think the strangest thing I was told by someone that worked for him was the elevator in the State House. He decided it was going to be his. So no one was allowed to use it, and I mean NO ONE except him and everyone else had to use the stairs. Now I have to wonder if a person working there had a medical problem, or a heart attack while he was in office, on the 4th floor, the paramedics would have had to carry that person down 4 flights of stairs as the elevator was off limits! Far as I know, this is a very true story. It was such a relief to see him go
- Ruth, Acushnet

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Betrayal of same sex couples.

Published on October 26, 2012,

I will not be voting for Mitt Romney because of his despicable betrayal of same-sex couples and their families in Massachusetts.  When he campaigned for the Senate in 1994, and again for Governor in 2002, Mitt Romney claimed to support gay rights. But after the state Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from marrying in 2003, Romney began pushing for a constitutional convention to overturn that ruling. The Boston Globe revealed today that as Governor of MA, he refused to allow the state birth certificate form to be amended for babies born to same-sex couples, instructing that the words “father” or “mother ” be crossed out and “second parent” inserted by hand. I have two gay siblings, and I will not forget Mitt Romney’s betrayal of them.
- Cara, Framingham

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Romney made it so it took a year to get my Social Security Disability Insurance

Published on October 26, 2012,

How he affected me? I had to wait about a year before I was able to receive my SSDI and it was a very difficult year for me.
- Judy, Holyoke and Springfied