Mitt Romney is facing criticism from the Log Cabin Republicans Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is once again facing fire from a gay Republican group, which announced Thursday it will launch a radio ad in New Hampshire questioning the presidential hopeful’s fiscal conservative credentials.
The 60-second ad from the Log Cabin Republicans focuses on Romney’s record on taxes, claiming that as governor he promised to balance the Massachusetts budget without raising taxes, but reneged on that pledge – a move they say had an impact on some New Hampshire residents who work in the Bay State. They said the ad will run in the Manchester and Portsmouth-Dover-Rochester radio markets.
“Mitt-Flops,” states the narrator.
“Sounds like something you'd wear to the beach, but they could cost you…. Romney even refused to support the Bush tax cuts. Now? He’s seen the light on tax cuts. Do you believe this conversion?” The spot ends with a clip of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, and the tagline: “Mitt Romney – just another Massachusetts flip-flopper.”
Last month, the Log Cabin Republicans funded a 30-second anti-Romney TV ad in the early voting state of Iowa that attacked the candidate for shifting his views on abortion. The group has also taken aim at his views on guns, immigration, campaign finance reform, and gay rights, among other issues.
Kevin Madden, a Romney campaign spokesman, dismissed the criticism. “This negative attack and gross distortion of the governor’s record was launched and paid for by a group recognized as having Mayor Giuliani as their ‘favorite’ candidate,” he said in a written statement.
“Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment and so it makes sense that a national gay rights group would attack him,” he added. “Governor Romney has a stellar record of fiscal responsibility, having cut wasteful spending and worked to lower taxes as a chief executive focused on pro-growth economic policies.”
– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand