What the campaign failed to mention is that after leaving the governor's mansion, Racicot worked as a registered lobbyist and later earned millions as the president of the American Insurance Association -- an even more explicit brand of "influence peddling" than the kind Romney attacked Newt Gingrich for earlier this year.
At a January debate, Romney tore into Gingrich for trying to defend his work for Freddie Mac as that of a historian. "You can call it whatever you like," Romney told Gingrich. "I call it influence peddling."
Asked to square the endorsement of a lobbyist after attacking Gingrich for being one, a Romney spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.
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