Splitting those perfectly coifed hairs

by lestro

For a guy whose entire candidacy is based on the fact that he has the most perfect hair in the Republican Party, Mitt Romney and his people can sure split those ends when they need to.

Yesterday, Romney got into a pissing contest with an AP reporter named Glen Johnson. Now, Johnson probably was a little out of line to do what he did, but in a press availability, the candidate should expect some questions.And my guess is that Johnson has been reporting on the Romney campaign for a while and could no longer hold back a reflexive fact check on the gov’s statements about not having any lobbyists running his campaign.Here’s what the candidate said:

Romney said, “Has he ever been at a debate session? Sure. Is that a senior strategy meeting? Is that a senior strategy meeting of our campaign? No. Let me go back and complete the point I was making. My campaign is not based on Washington lobbyists. I haven’t been in Washington. I don’t have lobbyists at my elbows that are arguing for one industry or another industry. And I do not have favors I have to repay to people who have been in Washington for years nor scores I have to settle.”

Video of the exchange between the candidate and the reporter can be seen here.

But nothing is really resolved there so today’s Boston Globe, the paper form Romney’s home state and the one that his been covering the guy for the longest, had this to say:

The Globe has reported that in preparing his presidential bid, Romney courted Republican power brokers inside the Beltway. He had a fund-raiser with lobbyists on Capitol Hill and a strategy session at a Washington lobbying firm.

The Minnesota Star-Tribune adds this:

…Washington insiders are on his senior staff and registered lobbyists are top advisers.

One of them, Ron Kaufman, chairman of Washington-based Dutko Worldwide, regularly sits across the aisle from Romney on his campaign plane, participates in debate strategy sessions and just last week accompanied Romney to a lunch in Myrtle Beach with Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

Another adviser, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., is chairman of Romney’s policy committee. He also is chief executive officer of Clark & Weinstock, and his corporate biography says he “provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.”

A third adviser, former Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri, who was at Romney’s victory party in Michigan on Tuesday, is co-chairman of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations and also is a registered lobbyist, according to federal records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

hmm. For a guy whose current campaign slogan is “Washington is Broken,” Mitt Romney sure seems to be taking a lot of advice from the guys who broke it…


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