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Romney For Senate?

Not Mitt, one of his many sons:

Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.

Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since the Herald first reported heavyweight Republicans are urging both Romney and his mother, Ann, to get in.

The eldest son of former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney already has statewide name recognition and could quickly ramp up the campaign infrastructure for a short, five-month race.

The father of six was a regular on the campaign trail in both of his father’s failed races for president in 2008 and 2012, which would give him some political know-how while working to win over Bay State voters. But the younger Romney is weighing joining the fray against remaining with his successful venture capital firm, Solamere. Many Democrats also have noted Mitt Romney’s dismal Bay State returns in the most recent presidential election, losing the state by 23 points.

There is no doubt that Tagg Romney, if he decides to run, could be a shining knight to crestfallen Republicans who had set their hopes on Brown. State GOP officials are scrambling to find a viable candidate, despite a lackluster Democratic primary field that includes U.S. Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch, and might be further strained by the entrance of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone.

Other Massachusetts Republicans have suggested that Ann Romney should run for the seat. Either case seems like a bit of a desperation move to me. Ann Romney, while a nice person, has no political experience at all, and her son Tagg would surely biting off a lot by making a bid for the Senate, in Massachusetts no less, his first run for office. In the meantime, another Republican has taken his name out of the running now that former Governor William Weld has taken his name off the list.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

Comments

  1. Brent says:

    The Boston Herald article says that Tagg “could be a shining knight to crestfallen Republicans who had set their hopes on Brown.”

    On what fantasy planet would that be true? Tagg has never had a “real” job. Even his current career, running $10 million in venture capital money, is a shallow imitation of his father. $10 million in venture capital circles is a complete joke. He will not get access to any “real” deals with that little money, even with his dad’s alleged connections. He certainly doesn’t have business experience to add to the companies he might invest in. He’s basically being given the investment industry equivalent of one of those Fisher-Price workbenches with colorful plastic tools, where three-year-olds can feel like they’re building something but not get hurt like they could with real tools.

    The idea that the Massachusetts GOP is floating both Tagg and his mother as potential senate candidates reflects just how pathetically desperate they are. Of course, this could just be a cleverly constructed plot to run Froot Loops candidates to make the “real” candidate look normal, and thus to have a chance in the general election.

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  2. James in LA says:

    No Romney will run, as they are just mortified that their attempts to have 47% of the population removed from the premises failed so miserably.

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  3. Facebones says:

    Mitt Romney lost Massachusetts by 730,000 votes. The GOP thinks mini-Romney or Mrs. Romney would do better?

    Mass voters know better than anyone. The more you get to know Mitt, the more you can’t stand him. The Romney name is not going to win anything in that state for a long time.

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  4. gVOR08 says:

    Ann Romney?! Please, oh please. Please, please, please. Pretty please with sugar on it.

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  5. mantis says:

    Tagg, you’re it.

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  6. grumpy realist says:

    Are we sure they didn’t lift that from The Onion?

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  7. michael reynolds says:

    No. Sorry, but we have to call this fight before it starts. The Romney family has suffered enough humiliation.

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  8. grumpy realist says:

    @Brent: $10M is a good chunk to start off with as an individual stake, but hell, yeah. $20M – $30M is more standard even at the seed VC level.

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  9. grumpy realist says:

    @michael reynolds: Mike, I think this falls under “assumption of risk.” If Tagg isn’t competent enough to understand that his main attractiveness to the Republican party is the chance for all the hangers-on who “run the campaigns” to get a fat chunk of if not all of that $10M Daddy gave him, he deserves to lose it.

    Running for election has a very, very bad ROI….

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  10. Sejanus says:

    I sure hope Ann Romney won’t run for Senate. She might be badgered again by those pesky hick reporters from Iowa who dare try to ask her for her opinions.

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  11. mantis says:

    @Sejanus:

    Indeed, and now I’m thinking I’ll call bullshit on this whole story. Nobody in the world could possibly think Ann Romney would be a good candidate.

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  12. grumpy realist says:

    @mantis: Well, if you read the Herald (pretty much Boston’s right-wing fishwrap) it sounds more like a mini-rocket sent up by a friend of the family.

    (forget that mini-rocket–bottle rocket at most.)

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  13. edmondo says:


    despite a lackluster Democratic primary field that includes U.S. Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch,

    LOL, the Democrats have two multi term Congressmen running and it’s a “lackluster field” while the GOP mulls which kin of a failed presidential candidate to choose as its standardbearer. Freaking hilarious!

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  14. mantis says:

    @grumpy realist:

    Well, if you read the Herald (pretty much Boston’s right-wing fishwrap) it sounds more like a mini-rocket sent up by a friend of the family.

    Or desperate campaign consultants who, after Romney ended his decade-long campaign for president, have lost their meal ticket.

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  15. grumpy realist says:

    @mantis: Yah. I think they were wondering if Tagg was enough of a dufus to put himself forwards as sacrificial victim, albeit with bags of $$$.

    Let’s file this one under “grifters gotta grift” and forget about it.

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  16. Brent says:

    @edmondo:

    LOL, the Democrats have two multi term Congressmen running and it’s a “lackluster field” while the GOP mulls which kin of a failed presidential candidate to choose as its standardbearer. Freaking hilarious!

    Yes, that’s right. When a Democrat does it, it’s bad, but when a Republican does the same thing, it’s the Best. Thing. Ever.

    Dick Morris and the rest of the Fox News idiocracy predicted Romney would win 310 electoral votes in a “landslide.” But when Obama ended up with 332, a far greater margin of victory, it’s a “squeaker.”

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  17. refn says:

    When will the American people finally declare their independence from the self-appointed hereditary ruling class of this country?

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