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Giuliani Backers Attack 'Taxachusetts Romney'

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney may be in a tussle in Iowa with rival Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. But former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is not about to let up the pressure in New Hampshire either.

Tomorrow, a group of former members of Congress who back Giuliani will head to the Granite State armed with what they claim is a list of dozens of fees that Romney raised while he was governor of the neighboring state.

Calling him "Taxachusetts Romney," the Giuliani campaign alleges that as governor he raised nearly a half billion dollars in fees on the state's residents. That message will be carried to New Hampshire today by the former lawmakers: Senator Larry Pressler (SD), Congresswoman Susan Molinari (NY), Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (CT) and Congressman Jim Coyne (PA).

In Iowa, Romney is facing a challenge by Huckabee for the hearts of social conservatives. But Giuliani's campaign believes Romney is also vulnerable among fiscal conservatives who predominate in the New Hampshire primary.

Romney campaign aides dismissed the criticism, saying Giuliani is attempting to distort a record of keeping taxes low and cutting spending. They also pointed out that Giuliani refused to sign a no-tax pledge and filed a lawsuit to stop a federal line-item veto.

Spokesman Kevin Madden said that "The very fact that Mayor Giuliani has to import people from out-of-state to try and distort the governor's impressive record on fiscal issues is proof that he has little support for his message or his tactics in New Hampshire."

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  December 12, 2007; 10:05 AM ET
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