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None of that has quieted the complaints at the state and local levels about the Romney campaign.

“They believe they know everything, but they don’t understand grass-roots differences in different parts of the state. And they don’t want advice,” one top party official said.

“It’s not really the first time in the sense that in 2004 the Bush campaign did micromanage, but at least we had a seat at their table,” said a top state official. “We don’t have a seat at the table with Boston.”

The campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Every presidential campaign faces gripes from locals who say the national operation is trying to dictate to locals what the locals think they know better how to do.

But the intensity and nastiness of the complaints this year seem unusual and extend to basics such as the absence of yard signs and bumper stickers — what operatives in the trade call “collateral material.”

Several officials blamed the delay on campaign finance laws that forbid even ordering signs until the presidential and vice presidential nominees are chosen at the party’s national convention, which this year occurred at the end of August.

But many campaign activists note that this time in the 2008 race John McCain yard signs and bumper stickers were visible everywhere.

Many state party leaders say the Romney campaign has been dishonest in promising week after week that signs are on the way when they clearly were not.

“The Romney campaign still hasn’t sent us yards signs, and I got so tired of Romney campaign county chairs bitching about it, I ordered 5,000 yard signs myself just to hold down the bitching till the Romney campaign comes through,” an angry top official of another key state said privately.