December 14, 2005


Romney to announce he won't seek re-election: Governor is expected to seek GOP presidential nomination in 2008 (Frank Phillips, December 14, 2005, Boston Globe)

Governor Mitt Romney will announce at 6 p.m. that he will not seek re-election to a second term, setting the stage for an expected campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, a senior aide to the governor said today.

Personally, I'd be inclined to vote for Governor Romney in the 2008 primary, but not if he's not willing to hold the gubernatorial seat for the GOP. If you want people in the party to support you, you owe certain things to the party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2005 3:36 PM

Isn't this just like John Edwards ducking out of his Senate seat to run for president?

Posted by: sam at December 14, 2005 3:52 PM

sam: huh? Perhaps you should re-read the story...

Posted by: b at December 14, 2005 4:07 PM

Yes, and that was a gutless move, too.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 14, 2005 4:13 PM

Both John Edwards and Mitt Romney decided thay could not be re-elected to their respective seats, both decide to try their luck at the presidency. What ma I missing?

Posted by: sam at December 14, 2005 4:13 PM

Romney should seek reelection as governor to burnish his rep and prove '02 wasn't a fluke.

Posted by: AWW at December 14, 2005 4:14 PM

Yes, both decisions are craven from men who wish to lead their parties.

Posted by: oj at December 14, 2005 4:18 PM

sam: Edwards spent the last year and a half of his term running for President, rather than doing the job for which he was elected. Romney is not going to run for re-election in '06, presumably so he can run for President full time. See the difference?

Posted by: b at December 14, 2005 4:28 PM

Massachusetts, springboard to oblivion.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at December 14, 2005 4:38 PM

b: No, I don't see the difference. I see both ducking political fights they had a good chance of losing.

You can consider it a profile in courage, but I'll call it as I see it: running away from a fight because you did not believe you could win.

Posted by: sam at December 14, 2005 4:40 PM

I think Bob found Mass. new state slogan.

Posted by: BJW at December 14, 2005 4:43 PM

sam: Fine. We obviously aren't speaking the same language. I agree that Romney almost certainly feels that a loss in '06 would torpedo whatever chance he has at the '08 nod. That has nothing to do with what was reprehensible about Edwards' actions--i.e. while he was off running for President, he was being paid to serve his state (as was his eventual running mate, of course), and he wasn't doing his job.

Posted by: b at December 14, 2005 4:57 PM

Romney would be re-elected in 2006. It's not fear that's driving this, it's time. If he runs for re-election, he can't easily start his presidential campaign until after November 2006 -- and then he can only campaign part-time -- and that's too little too late. By quitting, he can campaign part-time through 2006 and full-time in 2007. It gives him a shot at a serious showing and maybe a VP nod.

As for Romney helping the Massachusetts GOP, he proved he can't do it when he failed to increase GOP representation in the state legislature (from abysmal levels).

Posted by: pj at December 14, 2005 5:50 PM

This is a perfect example of the difference between governors and senators. Governors have a real job to do, senators don't. They can flit around and like Kerry miss almost every vote and if they're from a safe state, i.e., Mass., they'll be elected over and over until they're practically comatose like the other senator from Mass.

Posted by: erp at December 14, 2005 6:32 PM

"he was being paid to serve his state (as was his eventual running mate, of course), and he wasn't doing his job."

And that's a bad thing where Senate Dems are concerned?

I don't know about this move by Romney. McCain's much more popular across the board so I doubt he'd get the nod unless something dramatic happens.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at December 14, 2005 6:32 PM

Pols from MA do well in NH and he could run hard Right to make himself the conservative alternative.

Posted by: oj at December 14, 2005 6:46 PM

If we can count on the media's malignant curiosity to hold when it comes to Republicans, I can't wait to see how Mittsy reacts to his evisceration.

I'm not brainwashed!

No, really!

And then they can turn to his campaign to bring Republicans to Mass. government office. Zero results. And his successful stand against same-sex marriage.

I'll give him this; he's attractive, in a managerial sort of way. Should play well with some women.

Posted by: Ed Bush at December 14, 2005 7:35 PM

"McCain's much more popular across the board"

Only with leftists like OJ and the Washington Press Corps.

I would vote for Romney before MCCain, I would vote for a talking duck before McCain.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 17, 2005 12:49 AM