Romney Gets Secret Service
Which, of course, leads to speculation about his code name
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2012 8:30 AM CST
Mitt Romney gestures during his victory celebration after winning the Florida primary, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney has officially arrived—at least as far as the Secret Service is concerned. The elite guards have informed the Romney campaign that the candidate will begin receiving Secret Service protection this week, ostensibly in response to the size of the crowds that Romney's now drawing, and not due to a specific threat against him, reports ABC. While it's fairly common for candidates to have Secret Service protection prior to securing a nomination, only Herman Cain had thus far been deemed worthy in this election cycle. The decision of who gets protected when is left to Homeland Security, which consults with Congress.

The move predictably gives rise to the all-important question: What will Romney's code name be? Some not-too-likely suggestions emanating from Twitter, via New York mag and Gawker:

  • Outsource
  • GailCollins
  • Aqua Net
  • BainGlorious
  • Darth Helmet
  • Not Gingrich