Romney Rejoins Marriott Board

Move marks return to pre-election life

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 4, 2012 1:39 AM CST | Updated Dec 4, 2012 3:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Nearly a month after his election defeat, Mitt Romney is returning to corporate life. Marriott International says Romney has rejoined its board of directors, which he left in January 2011, CNN reports. "It is an honor to once again be able to serve in the company of leaders like Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson," Romney said in a statement.

The Romney and Marriott families have a friendship stretching back decades, with George Romney having named his son Willard Mitt Romney after J. Willard Marriott, the hotel chain's founder. The Obama campaign targeted Romney's Marriott connections during the campaign with an ad linking Romney to a huge tax avoidance scheme at Marriott in the '90s, when he chaired its audit committee. Click for the Washington Post's recent take on Romney's post-election life.

Mitt Romney, left, walks with JW Marriott Jr. towards the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  in Wolfeboro, NH earlier this year.
Mitt Romney, left, walks with JW Marriott Jr. towards the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wolfeboro, NH earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
This Nov. 7, 2012  photo shows Mitt Romney waving to supporters at an election night rally in Boston.
This Nov. 7, 2012 photo shows Mitt Romney waving to supporters at an election night rally in Boston.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
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