During Republican Gov. Jane Swift’s tenure, from 2001 to 2003, 62,663 jobs were lost. During Gov. Deval Patrick’s tenure, 73,001 jobs have been lost.
But the Democratic attack is about Massachusetts’ record in comparison with other states. The comparison is important because national and even global economic trends affect a given state’s economy more than the actions of a governor.
The fact-checking website Politifact.com called the Democratic attacks “half true” because “we found little evidence to support…that Romney is responsible for those jobs numbers. Economists told us that it’s a stretch to blame or credit Romney or any governor for job numbers.”