Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) issued a fiery call tonight in Charlotte for Democrats to “grow a backbone” and get out to help re-elect President Obama.

He also issued a scathing rebuke of the term of his predecessor, claiming that he had fixed the things left in tatters by Mitt Romney’s term.

“By the time he left office, Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation – during better economic times – and real wages in our state were declining,” Patrick said. “He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were up and business confidence was down.”

“Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn’t one of them.”

Patrick called Romney “a fine fellow and a great salesman… but as governor he was a lot more interested in having the job rather than doing the job.”

He went so far as to extend the criticism to all of the GOP governors who spoke at last week’s Republican National Convention, saying not one of those “who preached that gospel in Tampa last week has the results to show for it.”

“It’s time for Democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe,” Patrick said. “Quit waiting for pundits or polls or super PACs to tell us who the next president or congressman is going to be.”

“Let’s all start by standing up for Barack Obama,” the governor said. “I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office and neither should you.”