Tagg Romney Rules Out Mass. Senate Bid

Mass. GOP scrambles to find Brown alternative
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2013 12:33 AM CST
Tagg Romney visits the GOP headquarters at Candlers Station Mall in Lynchburg, Va., on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/News & Daily Advance, Sam O'Keefe)
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(Newser) – Looks like Massachusetts voters won't be getting another chance to elect a Romney after all, unless Ann steps in. Following reports that GOP leaders were interested, Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, has announced that he won't be seeking the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. "I have been humbled by the outreach I received," the younger Romney tells the New York Daily News. "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."

Scott Brown's decision not to run for the seat has left the state GOP scrambling for a replacement, and Romney isn't the only possible contender to have ruled himself out, the Boston Herald reports. Former Gov. William Weld and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey have also decided against running, leaving the party with a handful of little-known choices. "It reminds me of the Three Stooges episode where the sergeant says 'I need volunteers for a dangerous mission. Step forward,' and they all step back," says a Republican state senator.

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