Democrats blame Romney for not working harder to lobby lawmakers for his plan, the way he did on his big health care overhaul that laid the groundwork for his 2008 presidential bid. Johnston said that lack of follow-through and attention to policy detail was a Romney trademark.

Republican governors before Romney had worked hard to win compromises with Democratic lawmakers, Johnston said.

“This business is all about relationships,” Johnston said, “and he did not have many with the Legislature.”


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