Beacon Hill Democrats are launching themselves across battleground states as attack dogs for President Obama, on a mission to tell undecided voters all about GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s faults and failures, but Republicans say the liberal naysayers are wasting their time — swing states won’t buy that blue state shtick.
Riding a Democratic bus down the Atlantic Seaboard from Virginia to Florida this weekend on the Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus tour, state Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, a former state representative, told local crowds that Romney turned his back on average Bay Staters when he was governor. State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere) flew into Washington, D.C., to catch the bus to Virginia and North Carolina.
The bus serves as a sort of anti-Mitt advance team, hitting states a day ahead of Romney and running mate Paul Ryan. The Democrats cruised through Virginia on Friday and North Carolina on Saturday, moving on to Florida yesterday. State Rep. Martha M. Walz (D-Boston) will board a bus in Ohio today — 24 hours before Romney and Ryan arrive.
“In general, it’s something people are going to shrug off,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said about the tour. “We’re at the stage now where records aren’t as important as Romney and Ryan being able to tell people what they’re going to be able to do over the next four years. Voters know the blame game.”