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Is governor's mansion in Romney's future?
Deseret News 11Apr00 N2
By Lisa Riley Roche: Deseret News staff writer


Jack E.'s Bad News Bid
Boston Globe pgA19 24Mar00
By David Nyhan;

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Mitt Romney was recently labeled by the Boston Globe as a prime candidate to represent the Republican Party. "That's true. I would seriously consider running for office again under the right circumstances," Romney told the Deseret News. There is considerable speculation that Romney would remain in Utah after the Olympics and possibly run for office.

"I am not leaving Utah until these Games are completed, buttoned down and successful," Romney said. "That could be as soon as March 2002," he said, just weeks after the Winter Games closing ceremony. Romney said he intends to return to Massachusetts, where he maintains a home in the Boston area and is where he cast his vote in the recent presidential primary.

Romney has declared his Deer Valley home his primary residence for tax purposes, but hesitates to rule out a political run for office in Utah. He calls the question about his intentions "too speculative." Romney is a successful venture capitalist from Boston who was recruited by Utah leaders in 1999 to take over the troubled Salt Lake Organizing Committee. His appointment is credited, in part, to his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Romney is no stranger to politics. His father, George, was the governor of Michigan and a presidential candidate in the 1960's. "Obviously I was after the Senate, but in the right circumstances I would consider an opportunity to run for governor," Romney told the Globe. Six years ago Romney challenged the popular Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts. With Romney now successfully running the Salt Lake Olympic Committee, the odds may be different.

A Bush presidency could mean a new opportunity for Romney. "A Republican president, what would that mean to me or to a Republican governor," Romney asked Tuesday. He declined to speculate further, "given my non-partisan position now." Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has also been mentioned as a possible Bush appointee.

Romney's decision to run also depends on the health of his wife, Ann, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a year ago. She has not shown any significant physical effects of the disease but, "she does tire easily," Romney said.


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