Tagg Romney mulling Senate special-election run in MA? Update: “The timing is not right for me…”

posted at 12:01 pm on February 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

With Scott Brown backing out of the special election to the Senate in Massachusetts, some wondered whether former Governor and erstwhile presidential candidate Mitt Romney might take a shot at filling the rest of John Kerry’s term in office.  Instead, the Boston Herald reports that the task might go to the next generation of Romneys:

Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.

Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since the Herald first reported heavyweight Republicans are urging both Romney and his mother, Ann, to get in.

The eldest son of former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney already has statewide name recognition and could quickly ramp up the campaign infrastructure for a short, five-month race.

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts — not in presidential races, of course, but Mitt won a statewide run in 2002 and acquitted himself reasonably well in one term.  Tagg has worked on his father’s campaigns over the last five years, taking an increasingly public profile as a surrogate for his father.  It would make sense for Mitt Romney to pass the torch at this point, although the elder Romney is hardly too old for the job.  He will turn 66 before the election, but that’s practically the junior varsity in a chamber known for its aging members.

One other big Republican name has decided to take a pass.  William Weld, who served for six years as governor, announced today that he won’t run in the special Senate election, either:

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld says he won’t run in the June 25th special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican said in a statement Monday that he was grateful for the encouragement he’s received, but that he wouldn’t be a candidate.

Neither will former state Senate minority leader Richard Tisei:

Richard Tisei, one of the Republicans’ best hopes for the now-longshot Massachusetts Senate special election after Scott Brown took a pass, announced Saturday night that he too will sit out the race.

“I believe it’s imperative that the Republican party put forward a strong candidate who can help bring much-needed change to Washington,”the former State Senate minority leader said in a statement.

Tagg Romney could end up being the only big name on the Republican side of the ballot … if he decides to run.  ABC News says he’s not considering it (via Twitchy):

Well, we’ll see.  It wouldn’t be the first time in politics that a trial balloon has gone up with some denials attached.  The field has certainly cleared for Tagg at this point.  Politico reports that some have called for Mitt’s wife Ann to run, but while she became a great asset to Mitt’s campaign, she has health issues that would probably keep her from choosing a political career for herself.  Undoubtedly, she will prove just as valuable to Tagg as she did to Mitt as a powerful surrogate on the campaign trail — if a third generation of Romneys decides to pursue politics in this special election, where money and name recognition have the best chance to sway voters.

Update: Say, remember that Tagg Romney for Senate boomlet?  Good times, good times:

“I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the US Senate.  I love my home state and admit it would be an honor to represent the citizens of our great Commonwealth. However, I am currently committed to my business and to spending as much time as I can with my wife and children.  The timing is not right for me, but I am hopeful that the people of Massachusetts will select someone of great integrity, vision, and compassion as our next US Senator.”

It probably won’t be a Republican, though, especially if one won’t run for the seat.


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Tagged and bagged.

Normal folk don’t name their sons or anyone else, “Tagg”.

Sherman1864 on February 5, 2013 at 4:51 AM

I like the name Tagg.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 5:36 AM

According to the latest posting at UnSkewedPolls.com, Tagg Romney now has a 973% chance of being elected to the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 5:49 AM

We need more people like the Romney family. They put themselves through quite an ordeal for the good of the country, and they always conducted themselves with grace. I would have been very proud of a President Romney.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

We need more people like the Romney family.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Thankfully, the fact that there are so blamed many of ‘em means that we can soon look forward to the cheery prospect of losing as many as five otherwise easily winnable elections at any given time, throughout the length and breadth of the nation.

Wheeeeeee.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM

The stench of losing is strong on this family.

acyl72 on February 5, 2013 at 7:27 AM

The stench of losing is strong on this family.

acyl72 on February 5, 2013 at 7:27 AM

It’s cruel, heartless statements such as these — no matter how good-naturedly offered, in simple jest — that make Karl Rove’s Marvelous, Magical Whiteboard cry. Just a little. ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Hello Tagg–I mean “bluegill”! I am glad you like your trollish moniker, for ever I find you I shall remember you, uh…Taggart….

Sherman1864 on February 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM

[::bluegill, scribbling in little pink Hello Kitty diary::]

“… Mrs. Mitt Romney… no, no; Mrs. Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney… ah! FIRST LADY BLUEGILL ROMNEY — !!!” ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Name a more accomplished, intelligent, decent, charitable man who has had the life experiences Romney has, whom is able to lead this country at this time..

FlaMurph on February 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

William Jennings Bryan. Oh, wait. He’s dead. But he did lose a lot, like Romney.

ddrintn on February 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts

Yeah except for that whole “losing the election in his home state by 23%” thing

triple on February 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Palin couldn’t even win a Republican Senate primary in Alaska.
bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

You’ve got your tenses confused (among other things). Polls surmise what might happen, not what has happened. You’d think after all the “polls” Romneybots kept repeating about how beating Obama was a foregone conclusion you might have figured this out. Alas.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

You’d think after all the “polls” Romneybots kept repeating about how beating Obama was a foregone conclusion you might have figured this out. Alas.
rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

No one ever said a Romney victory was a foregone conclusion. He was the best of those running and gave us the best chance. You people tend to confuse “best shot” with “sure winner” a lot.

And, if you want to talk polls, turns out most were right last year, much to our dismay. So, when a poll shows Palin LOSING the nomination in AK and doing poorly among young voters and having a notably high disapproval among her own party, it is worth taking a look at.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

No one ever said a Romney victory was a foregone conclusion.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The FINAL Definitive Projection of the race: Romney wins 51% and 275 EVs

Oopsie.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

No one ever said a Romney victory was a foregone conclusion.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Oh, bullshit. I could come up with 2 gigs’ worth of “foregone conclusion” comments from this site alone.

ddrintn on February 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

And, if you want to talk polls, turns out most were right last year, much to our dismay. So, when a poll shows Palin LOSING the nomination in AK and doing poorly among young voters and having a notably high disapproval among her own party, it is worth taking a look at.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Polls about Palin losing when she’s not even a declared candidate: ETCHED IN STONE, BABY. Polls showing Romney to be Mr Electable: ALSO ETCHED IN STONE. Polls in October showing Obama with a lead in Ohio: “SKEWED!!!!!!!!!!!!”

ddrintn on February 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Karl Rove, George Will and Pundits Predicting Romney Landslide

Double oopsie.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Oopsie.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Double oopsie.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Triple oopsie.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Telling lack of response, re: original baldfaced lie (i.e., “No one ever said a Romney victory was a foregone conclusion.”), noted.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM

And, if you want to talk polls…

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

No, I don’t. That’s my point.

I’d prefer to talk results: Mitt Romney was the most predictably hapless presidential nominee in modern political history. Some of us here saw the contours and precise outcome of his impotent non-campaign years in advance, well before the expected passive-aggressive viciousness agaist conservatives followed by the obligatory collapse against in the general. Given an opponent who’d inflicted more demonstrable damage to our economy, freedom and future than any in historical memory, he failed to engage him seriously and impressively on any front, failed to confront or engage the media (the least popular institution in America about which he had more raw material to work than any republican in history thanks to the pioneering work of Breitbart and others), failed to stir and inspire his base in the face of a veritable Socialist coup in our country, and otherwise just FAILED.

So I’m crushed the Taggster isn’t running. Because if there’s one thing we really need right now in the republican party and America, it’s another well-coiffed, clueless and toothless scion of wealth and privilege to not confront the Left.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

another well-coiffed, clueless and toothless scion of wealth and privilege to not confront the Left.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

“PRESENT!!!”

/Jeb Bush

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM

No one ever said a Romney victory was a foregone conclusion.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Wow. Either your memory is even worse than I thought or you are a terribad liar.

Why not just drop the pretenses, do away with the facade, and admit you’re nothing more than a Kos Kiddie troll?

Dunedainn on February 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

No one ever said a Romney victory was a foregone conclusion.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Wow. Either your memory is even worse than I thought or you are a terribad liar.

Why not just drop the pretenses, do away with the facade, and admit you’re nothing more than a Kos Kiddie troll?

Dunedainn on February 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

.
Hey Genius. Remember Intrade. Its your memory that is “fair weather” faulty.

and BTW its childish and moronic to think “someone” knew with any and all certainty who was the forgone concluded winner before Nov. 6th. (Except maybe that 538 Nate Silver guy). The polls were ALL within in their advertised MOE. Did some polls show Romney winning? Did some show him losing?
Romney didn’t win. But he will always be the better man.
(Sorry Herb)

FlaMurph on February 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

But he will always be the better man.
(Sorry Herb)

FlaMurph on February 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Better than Obama? Yeah, but that’s a pretty low bar. As a presidential candidate he was worse than Dole and McCain. I don’t care about his millions, his family or Harvard.

ddrintn on February 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Romney didn’t win. But he will always be the better man.
(Sorry Herb)

FlaMurph on February 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Who gives a sh*t? I’m a better man. Every man here is a better man.

He’s a LOSER.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

FlaMurph on February 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Ah, the sockpuppet speaks. What, your other personality not around to protect you? Go back to Kos where you belong, troll.

Dunedainn on February 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

He’s a LOSER.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Evidently, today’s new breed of GOP-e “conservatives” (*cough*cough*) are cheerily content with losing — easily winnable election after easily winnable election — just so long as they lose In The Right Sort Of Way, ultimately.

Because, apparently, we get points for that sort of thing, somewhere along the way. Or something.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

ddrintn on February 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

.
Belong to your career politicians.

FlaMurph on February 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

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