Yesterday the tussle over Romney’s crime record and his appointment of Judge Tuttman heated up. Rudy tried to broaden the indictment to Romney’s overall record on crime. A Boston Herald article(subscription required) from September leads some support with this: “New FBI statistics show that murders and other violent crimes rose in Massachusetts under former Gov. Mitt Romney, while plummeting in many parts of the country, a fact that could haunt the ex-governor on the presidential trail.The newly released figures show that murders were up 7.5 percent in the Bay State and 25 percent in Boston from 2002 to 2006 while Romney was governor.From 2005 to 2006 – most of which Romney spent out-of-state campaigning – murders were up 4.5 percent in Massachusetts, outpacing the national increase of 1.8 percent. In New England, murders were up 1.9 percent but some states, including Rhode Island and New Hampshire, saw double-digit declines…..Under Romney, robberies were up 12 percent and burglaries 6 percent while assaults were down 14 percent and rapes down slightly. Car thefts and larcenies also were down, in line with national trends, and helped contribute to an overall 8 percent decline in crime during Romney’s four years, according to the FBI stats. As Romney was leaving the State House in 2006, the statistics showed a slight improvement with all violent crime down 2 percent, compared to a nationwide increase of 1.9 percent.” Crime may not pack the same punch that it did but Rudy clearly sees this as an opportunity to expand on his theme that his actual record(e.g. crime, taxes) is superior to Romney’s. Meanwhile both Huckabee and Thompson have stepped up the rhetoric– Thompson going after Rudy on guns and both of them pointing out that Romney was fervently pro-choice until a few years ago.
Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://thespectator.com/world.