Romney campaign: Mass. governor helping Obama

By PHILIP ELLIOTT | November 17, 2011 | 3:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is using his office as "an opposition research arm" of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades leveled the charge Thursday — the same day The Boston Globe reported that the state has no email records from Romney's tenure as governor because departing aides took their computers and erased email servers.

Rhoades says Patrick's attorneys improperly provided the Globe with records showing that former Romney aides bought their computers from the state when they left his administration.

Rhoades says Patrick is trying to embarrass Romney, who was governor before Patrick.

Rhoades is asking Patrick to make public all communication between his office and Obama's senior advisers.