Summarized by Mike Nielsen
Romney keeping options open for gubernatorial bid
Boston MA Herald 28Jun00 D2
by Ellen J. Silberman and Joe Battenfeld
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- Despite encouragement from Utah political
leaders, LDS businessman Mitt Romney plans to return to Massachusetts
after the 2002 Olympic games. He is believed to be considering a a
bid for the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial race.
Many observers view Romney as being the Republican party's best
challenger if incumbent Governor Paul Cellucci does not seek
re-election. Romney has publicly stated that he is considering
running for the office.
Romney has retained his voter registration in Belmont, Massachusetts,
and he voted in the state's presidential primary. This enables him to
meet the Massachusetts requirement that candidates reside in the
state for seven years prior to running for office
In 1995 Romney considered, but declined, an invitation to run against
U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry. Romney lost a race with Sen. Edward Kennedy
the previous year. Republican party sources say that the difficult
race against Kennedy left Romney reluctant to run again, but that his
work with the Olympic Games has helped to restore his reputation.