Politico – Haley Barbour’s low tax rankings could hurt in 2012 run

Haley Barbour’s calling card for a presidential run is the “Mississippi Miracle” — a record as governor that includes steering his state through the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, revamping Medicaid and cutting spending across the board to balance the budget.

But Barbour’s rivals likely will seize on another aspect of his record — a hat trick of tax hikes that earned low grades from a respected think-tank and already is prompting questions about whether he strayed from conservative principles.