Nothing like a big dose of Super Bowl Sunday political conjecture. In this case, a story based on little to no facts, but some reality in what the outcome would be should the presumptuous tone of it come true.
You see, the Boston Herald is suggesting that Ann Romney or Tagg Romney could be excellent candidates for the GOP in running for John Kerry’s open MA Senate seat. Scott Brown was previously considered the right guy with great chances to tackle the task, but Brown let his party down by deciding not to run. The GOP is now left scrambling to find a strong candidate or forfeit their chances of picking up a Dem seat.
“I’ve had several people call me and ask about Ann Romney,” Ron Kaufman, a longtime friend and aide to the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate nominee, told the Herald.Ann Romney’s inspiring battle against multiple sclerosis and her star turn on the GOP convention stage turned her into a popular national figure, especially among women voters in Massachusetts.
“That would be a very interesting thing. I would certainly love her to think about something like that,” said House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading).
Problem is… Ann Romney appears to want nothing to do with it.
But Kaufman said Mitt’s charismatic wife, who has never run for office, would be unlikely to take the plunge. “The timing is not great, and I don’t think she sees herself as a candidate,” he said.
The story goes on to suggest Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney’s trusted advisor and very successful son.
Other GOP leaders also raised the prospect of Mitt’s eldest son, Tagg, launching a surprise Senate campaign. Tagg Romney was a close campaign adviser and surrogate for his father and is a successful businessman living in Belmont.
There is absolutely zero evidence to suggest either of the two are interested. In fact, there is plenty to suggest they aren’t. But, Drudge Report and Boston Herald are running with it anyway. Go figure.
Here is where they are right, though. Ann or Tagg Romney WOULD be powerful candidates for U.S. Senate. They most certainly both present a type of candidacy that could strip Democrats of a liberally governed Senate seat.
Without a candidate like Ann Romney, Tagg Romey or Scott Brown, the MA seat is as good as gold for Democrats.