November 16, 2004


GOP governors eye Romney for post: Group could pave presidential path (Frank Phillips and Yvonne Abraham, November 16, 2004, Boston Globe)

Governor Mitt Romney is expected to be chosen vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association this week, putting him in line to head the politically influential organization as he weighs whether to run for president in 2008, GOP strategists said yesterday.

Romney, who has helped the organization raise more than $1 million from Massachusetts corporations, would be in a position to become chairman of the association in 2006, offering him access to a national network of governors and Republican-leaning donors. He is heading this week to the association's meeting in New Orleans, where the governors are expected to choose their leadership for the next year.

''That is a very good venue, nothing like befriending your fellow governors," said Jennifer Duffy, managing editor of the Cook Political Report, a national newsletter. ''George Bush, when he was Texas governor, made a lot of friends among the Republican governors, and it worked tremendously for him." [...]

Among Romney's advisers are nationally known GOP consultant Michael Murphy, who has worked with a number of presidential candidates over the last decade and consults with several political figures who are mentioned as potential candidates for 2008.

If Mr. Murphy was available is Senator McCain not running?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2004 10:56 AM

Michael Murphy's record of utter failure is not unlike that of the Arizona Cardinals.

Posted by: Bart at November 16, 2004 1:42 PM

I like Romney but I'm not sure how well he will do on the national stage. MA elects GOP governors but they don't matter much since the Dems have veto proof control in the legislature.

Then again the GOP might write off MA by putting Romney into a cabinet post or something and the Dems regain the MA governorship.

Posted by: AWW at November 16, 2004 2:14 PM

Romney's an intriguing candidate for '08, he would not only put MA in play but MI too, he's got roots there and while MI did go blue this time, it took a LOT longer than I thought it would.

Posted by: MarkD at November 16, 2004 8:18 PM