A wire service political reporter interrupted Romney during a South Carolina campaign appearance as Romney was saying lobbyists are not running his Republican presidential campaign, The Boston Herald reported Friday.
Kaufman, who works for the politically wired lobbying firm Dutko Worldwide, regularly sits next to Romney on planes between campaign stops, the newspaper reported.
"Ron is a wonderful friend, an adviser," Romney said. "He's not paid. He's an adviser like many others, but I do not have lobbyists running my campaign."
Another top Romney adviser, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., also is a lobbyist, the Herald said.
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