The companion piece at NRO to Tim Cruz’ is one by Deroy Murdock which includes this: “While it’s tricky to compare a four-year governorship with an eight-year mayoralty, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics illuminate Romney’s and Giuliani’s records on law and order. While murders grew 7.5 percent in Massachusetts during Romney’s 2002 – 2006 gubernatorial term, they plunged 66.7 percent across Giuliani’s two mayoral terms (1993 – 2001). Burglaries rose 5.8 percent under Romney and slid 68.2 percent under Giuliani. While robberies climbed 12.3 percent on Romney’s watch, Giuliani supervised a 67.2 percent reduction in robberies. As Romney saw a 32.5 percent reversal in motor-vehicle theft, such crimes cratered 73.3 percent under Giuliani. Overall, Romney’s crime index fell 8.2 percent, while Giuliani’s tumbled 56.1 percent.” So while it is not accurate to say that crime increased under Romney I think it is indisputable that murders, robberies and burglaries did and Rudy overall reduced crime to a much greater degree than Romney. Now, there may be an argument that NY started off much worse, so greater progress could be achieved. But taking a step back for a moment, who gains and who loses when the subject is past crime fighting records? If Romney is going to win this I don’t think it will be because he stole the law and order mantle from Rudy.
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