The Obama campaign launched a new offensive against Mitt Romney today, taking aim at his record as governor of Massachusetts. In a four-minute documentary-style video, Massachusetts lawmakers and mayors—all of them Democrats, though not, the Boston Globe points out, identified as such—complain that Romney didn't work with them, raised fees on families across Massachusetts, and left the state deeply in debt. "Mitt Romney was not an effective leader," one former mayor and longtime Romney detractor says. "The proof is in the pudding."
David Axelrod issued a five-page report to reporters outlining much the same data, and gave a press conference at the Massachusetts State House today. Current Gov. Deval Patrick, meanwhile, went on CNN and MSNBC to bash his predecessor, saying that Massachusetts had been 47th out of 50 states in job creation under Romney. "He sold us when he was running for governor the very same lines that he is offering now in his campaign for president," he told Soledad O'Brien. The push appears to be a pivot away from the campaign's previous line of attack against Bain Capital. "It's never been about Bain," Patrick insisted in his CNN appearance. "It's about whether Governor Romney has accomplished in either the private or the public sector the kinds of things he says he wants for the nation."