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Friday, January 26, 2007

Former Gov. Cellucci won't back Romney

HUDSON

Former Massachusetts governor Paul Cellucci told the Globe yesterday that he is supporting former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for president over Mitt Romney -- even though Romney called Cellucci and asked for his endorsement in a meeting two weeks ago.

Cellucci, who lives in Hudson, called Romney, who served one term as Massachusetts governor, a "capable leader" and said there was no snub intended. "This is not anti-Mitt. This is pro-Rudy," Cellucci said in an interview with the Globe.

Nonetheless, Giuliani's staff, which is preparing for the former mayor's debut on the New Hampshire campaign trail tonight, was quick to tout the endorsement as a sign of Romney's weakness and Giuliani's growing appeal.

-- James W. Pindell

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