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Mass. Rep.: Romney was a “dismissive” leader

Naughton visits Marshalltown campaigning for Obama

October 4, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Democrat Massachusetts State Rep. Hank Naughton visited Marshalltown Wednesday on his swing through Iowa talking about his working relationship with Mitt Romney when the presidential candidate was governor of Massachusetts.

Essentially, he said it wasn't much of a relationship as Romney didn't want to work with other members of the state government.

"It was stunning, his (leadership) style," Naughton said at the Marshalltown Obama campaign office. "He was very dismissive. The thing is, it got in the way of accomplishing things."

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Massachusetts Rep. Hank Naughton talked about his experiences with Mitt Romney when he was governor at the Obama campaign office in Marshalltown Wednesday. At left is Marshalltown teacher and Obama supporter Sue Cahill.

Naughton said Romney used his governorship as merely a stepping stone for higher offices.

"He was disengaged and concentrating on the next step in his career," Naughton said.

Naughton was joined Wednesday at the Obama campaign office by Sue Cahill, teacher librarian at Woodbury Elementary School. Cahill said she has been pleased with the last four years under President Barack Obama.

"I support what the president does and what he does for education," Cahill said.

Naughton said there is a stark contrast for the Nov. 6 election as Obama has proven he can pull himself up by his bootstraps and live to help others.

Naughton said Romney is caught up with his billionaire friends and doesn't relate to the real challenges that Americans face.

"I think that's Barack Obama," Naughton said. "I don't think Governor Romney exhibits any of those traits."

Naughton also feels strongly on veteran issues as he is an Army Reserve veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He said Romney did not support some key veterans issues in Massachusetts and also didn't mention veterans at all during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul said it's Obama's policies that have hurt the middle class over the past four years and referenced Vice President Joe Biden's comment that the middle class has been "buried."

"The choice for voters is clear this November," Saul said. "Americans simply can't afford another four years of a 'buried' middle class. President Obama's failed economic policies have produced mounting debt, chronic unemployment and falling incomes - and he's promised more of the same in a second term. Mitt Romney will implement pro-growth policies that deliver 12 million new jobs, higher take-home pay and a brighter future for all Americans."



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