Especially when it's my guy.
The Boston Herald reports
Gov. Mitt Romney is refusing to provide customary police escorts and VIP treatment for Mohammed Khatami’s controversial visit to Boston this weekend, citing the former Iranian president’s regime of terror and torture.
Romney, a likely 2008 GOP presidential candidate, has taken a stance against the Iranian leader’s speech at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Sunday, ordering state police not to assist in the security normally afforded visiting dignitaries. The U.S. State Department issued Khatami a visa to visit Washington, D.C. and Boston and will provide security.
“State taxpayers should not be providing special treatment to an individual who supports violent jihad and the destruction of Israel,” Romney said.
BOSTON — Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday ordered all state agencies to refuse any assistance — if it is requested — when the former president of Iran visits Massachusetts this weekend.
The Republican chief executive, a potential candidate for his party's 2008 presidential nomination, said Mohammed Khatami oversaw torture and the murder of dissidents, as well as Iran's secret nuclear program, while in office from 1997 to 2005.