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Mass. Dems claim Romney violated state law

AP reports: [Massachusetts] Democratic state lawmakers said Tuesday they would file an ethics complaint against Republican Gov. Mitt Romney for using state time, employees and equipment to campaign for President Bush.

Romney held a news conference outside his office Tuesday to discuss Democrat John Kerry's choice of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential nominee. Romney, who is chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Massachusetts, said Edwards and Kerry are too liberal for this country and that he would continue to campaign for President Bush. ...

That news conference was a clear violation of conflict of interest and ethics guidelines, according to state Rep. Jim Marzilli, an Arlington Democrat, who joined several other Democrats down the hall from the governor's office to call on him to apologize. ...

The state's campaign finance law prohibits the use of public resources for political campaign purposes. Public resources include anything from the use of state equipment, such as a sound system or microphone, to the paid time of public employees, such as press liaisons. -- Democrats say Romney violated state law by campaigning for Bush (AP via Boston.com)