Adviser says governor faked stance on abortion
Asserts Romney not ‘pro-choice’
Governor Mitt Romney’s top political strategist has told a prominent conservative magazine that his client has been “faking” his support of abortion rights in Massachusetts.
“He’s been a pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly,” Romney adviser Michael Murphy told the National Review in a cover story hitting newstands today titled “Matinee Mitt.”
Murphy, a prominent Republican consultant, issued a statement of regret yesterday afternoon after a prepublication copy of the article circulated among political strategists and reporters and threatened to overshadow the positive exposure Romney was getting from appearing on the cover of two conservative magazines this week.
“The quote in the National Review article was not what I meant to communicate,” Murphy’s statement said. “I was discussing a characterization the governor’s critics use. I regret the quote and any confusion it might have caused.”
Romney ran for US Senate in 1994 pledging to keep abortion “safe and legal in this country.” As a 2002 candidate for governor, Romney said he would not change the state’s abortion laws. But in recent months, he has described himself as “personally prolife” to out-of-town political audiences. And last month, he told USA Today that he is in a “different place” on abortion than when he ran in 1994 against US Senator Edward M. Kennedy. A Romney spokeswoman said he had “evolved over time,” but would not elaborate.
Maybe they should think about couples counseling.