August 31, 2004

THE FRONT-RUNNER:

Watching Romney's suitcase: Governor spent most of August out of Bay State (Scott S. Greenberger and Elise Castelli, August 31, 2004, Boston Globe)

Governor Mitt Romney has had a busy August, but he hasn't spent much of it conducting state business: As of tonight, after his second evening at the Republican National Convention in New York City, Romney will have spent just seven of the month's 22 working days at the State House.

Romney began the month with a trip to Salt Lake City to promote his book, chronicling his revival of the 2002 Winter Games, and then he did similar events in New York and Washington. A week later, he jetted to Athens to receive an award for his Salt Lake City achievements. The governor spent the next eight weekdays in New Hampshire, vacationing with his family on Lake Winnipesaukee. And yesterday he campaigned with President Bush in Nashua, N.H., before heading back to New York for the convention.

The travels of a governor widely thought to have aspirations for higher office are grist for Democrats, who have accused Romney of being disengaged from his Massachusetts job and increasingly focused on a possible nationwide run. A party spokeswoman yesterday articulated the case.

''Whether you're a Democrat or Republican or independent, it's quite obvious to everyone that Romney's focus has shifted from performing the work of the people here in Massachusetts to serving his own special interest," said Democratic Party spokeswoman Jane Lane. ''Obviously, his focus right now is on raising his national profile and his political future, rather than the job at hand."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2004 8:48 AM
Comments

This from the same paper which has paid scant attention to the recent voting record of John Kerry, who continues to draw his salary in a Senate where he has come to work maybe one or two days in the entire time since his candidacy started. It's a variable amount of relative concern, but a consistent amount of bias.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at August 31, 2004 9:25 AM

John beat me to it - Kerry's attendance has been poor but the Dem rag will focus on the GOP instead.

Posted by: AWW at August 31, 2004 10:05 AM

I wondered what happened to Jane Lane after Daria was canceled. :-)

Posted by: David Pinto at August 31, 2004 10:37 AM

heh

Posted by: RoboDruid at August 31, 2004 12:23 PM
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