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By Mark Wright

Romney Will Consider Running in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Mitt Romney has suffered through years of accusations regarding bribery, favoritism, and disgruntled donors. And all of that in spite of his failure to be elected to public office. Romney has spent the last few years picking up the pieces of the scandal-plagued Olympic bid and preparing Utah to be the host of the Olympics. Now that his arguably successful stint as the erstwhile savior of the 2002 Winter Games is drawing to a close, it's time for Romney to consider what he might do next.

Romney, an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has recently hinted that while he's ready to return to politics, it might not be in Massachusetts where he unsuccessfully campaigned for Edward M. Kennedy's Senate seat in 1996. Although Romney had earlier indicated that he would certainly consider public office, until recently he had steadfastly maintained that he would be pursuing politics in Massachusetts. Then, last week, Romney hinted that he might be changing his mind. "I have to be honest, I will survey the political landscape in Massachusetts and in Utah," Romney told The Salt Lake Tribune during a recent interview. Given his high profile and recent successes associated with Olympics, Romney would be considered a viable candidate for almost any political office in Utah, including Governor or Congress.

While Romney is considered a fairly conservative Republican in his home town of Boston, he would probably fit into Utah's political spectrum a little closer to the other end. A pro-choice advocate, Romney would certainly be welcomed by the Utah Democratic Party if he ran for office in the state of Utah. The speculation that Romney might run in Utah as a Democrat has apparently been sparked by Romney's good friend, Utah Democrat and developer Kem Gardner, who played a key role in enticing Romney to serve on the SLOC two years ago. State Democratic Party Chairwoman Meghan Holbrook said her party is not recruiting Romney, but would have to consider him a strong contender in a Republican-dominated state. "Mitt Romney is more than welcome to be a Utah Democrat, and if you look at the positions he took in Massachusetts, he well qualifies," she said. "He would fit in well."

However enticing the possibilities may seem at the moment, no one except Romney knows what his future holds. One thing, however, is certain. Romney will have a number of opportunities available to him and the most difficult thing he does may be deciding which one to pursue.


Romney says he might run for office in Mass. or Utah
Boston Globe (AP) 5Jul01 T2
By Associated Press

SLOC Boss May Seek Utah Office
Salt Lake Tribune 4Jul01 T2
By Linda Fantin: Salt Lake Tribune


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