Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
Romney Thinking About Run For Massachusetts Office in 2002
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- In a recent interview in Salt Lake City, Romney, a
Belmont Republican, was asked how his time spent in Utah to restore ethical
and fiscal accountability to the Olympics might affect a bid for office in
Massachusetts. "I think it probably communicates that there is more in my
life than making money in business. That certainly is not what I lived for
when I was back there but I think I was able to be characterized by my
opponent as being a ruthless businessman....I think this at least broadens
the perspective of who I am."
Romney lost a 1994 bid to unseat Senator Edward M. Kennedy. When asked
what went wrong six years ago, he believes his Mormon faith did not play a
part in the race. "I don't believe my faith played any significant role in
the election. The significant role was a whole series of political
questions and the fact that I was running against an icon."
"I would love to run, or serve in public service, if I thought I could
win and if I believed I could get my message across," Romeny said. Romney
has kept his home in Belmont along with a vacation home on Lake
Winnipesaukee. He also has a seat on the board of Staples.
After finishing one Olympian effort, Romney says he's ready for another
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By Michael Paulson, Carolyn Ryan, Michael Rezendes, and Stephanie Ebbert: Globe Staff
As if saving the scandal-tarred 2002 Winter Olympics isn't enough, Mitt Romney is also thinking about running for office in Massachusetts that year.