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Romney will never win an election here.

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

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Mitt created a fee on handicapped children.

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, by in Norfolk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on October 30, 2012, by in Boston.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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Romney made our classrooms into test prep factories.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Special interests over public interest.

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

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Romney has no intention of working with us.

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

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Disgraceful, disgusting, and amoral.

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.

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.

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. -

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I still remember the humiliation…

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

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Liar, Faker, Millionaire.

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

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Romney’s war on EMTs

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

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

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

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

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I pray he does not become our President.

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

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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

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Betrayal of same sex couples.

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

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

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