The Chase 2012

Romney supporters blast Santorum embrace of Democrat “sneak attack” on primary

LANSING, Mich. — Less than an hour before polls closed in Michigan tonight, supporters of Mitt Romney were already firing hard at opponent Rick Santorum’s support from (and encouragement of) crossover efforts by Democrats into the Republican presidential primary.

Declaring that “one thing I will not tolerate is having [Michigan] Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer and his liberal Democrats messing with our Republican primary,” former State GOP Chairman and Romney backer Rusty Hills wrote an open letter to Water Wonderland Republicans saying “I am stunned, quite frankly, that Senator Rick Santorum and his team are urging Democrats to come to the polls and vote in the Republican primary.”  Warning that “if this keeps up, soon we will see Sen. Santorum and his team asking the Socialists and the Green Party to vote in the Republican primary,” Hills denounced the crossover practice as “outrageous” and “wrong” and said “we should oppose it.”

Hills’ view was seconded by State Attorney General and Romney State Chairman Bill Schuette, who also wrote a letter citing reports that Santorum was encouraging the Democratic crossovers and warning that “as Republicans, we should not encourage the opposition party to engage in monkey business and to affect and alter the outcome.”

Romney’s national headquarters also got into the act, with Deputy National Campaign Manager Katie Packer Gage issuing a statement charging that Santorum “has moved beyond just ‘taking one for the team’ and “is now willing to wear the other team’s jersey.”

Based on these statements, it seems a good wager that if Santorum wins a squeaker, the Romney camp will not concede graciously.

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