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Examiner: Does it hurt Romney to have a Ukrainian lobbyist as an advisor?

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July 13, 2012, 12:55 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Examiner

In this July 11, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Houston.
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One of Mitt Romney’s top foreign-policy advisers recently took a side job: Burnishing the reputation of the government of Ukraine, a country condemned by international human rights groups and European governments for alleged corruption, unlawful imprisonment of opposition figures and a slide into authoritarianism reminiscent of Putin’s Russia.

Eli Lake’s report on lobbyist/Romney advisor Vin Weber highlights a point I’ve been making since Weber joined Romney’s campaign: it’s dangerous to surround yourself with lobbyists, and not just because the other side sometimes demagogue on the matter.

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