By Justin Sink - 03/29/12 09:09 PM EDT
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) blasted GOP front-runner Mitt Romney in no uncertain terms Thursday, saying his state’s former governor is “a man totally devoid of any commitment to any principle except his own advancement.”
The Massachusetts lawmaker blasted the Republican presidential hopeful as politically opportunistic, and predicted that his shifts on major policy issues likely accounted for Republicans’ wariness to fully embrace his candidacy.
The 16-term congressman said Romney’s shifts on gay marriage, environmental policy, abortion rights and healthcare access betrayed his desire for personal success.
“There is literally not a public policy that he has not advocated one side of at one time and one side at the other,” Frank said. “I have never seen a major political figure so absolutely unburdened by any commitment to any principle whatsoever.”
Frank also accused Romney of having “a meanness at his core,” pointing to attack ads run by the Romney campaign against political opponents in previous races and the GOP primary.
“You will not find a more devoted practitioner of the vicious aspects of American politics than Mitt Romney,” Frank said, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of running “the most relentlessly savage campaign against anybody who dare get in his way.”