Saturday, May 07, 2005

Romney won't run for governor next year

Seashore Park Advisory head Kaufman is kingmaker for his '08 run to replace Bush

Robert Novak reveals secret Washington talks recently in which Ron Kaufman and Mitt Romney planned with GOP operatives a run for the White House in '08 for our governor. Kaufman, President Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card's brother-in-law, was apponted by the President as head of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park's Advisory Committee last year despite his total previous lack of interest in the cape.

The Novak report today stated; "Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a recent secret Washington meeting with national political operatives signaled he probably will forego seeking re-election in 2006 in order to pursue the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Romney did not flatly reveal his future intentions, according to sources who were present. But he did say a presidential race would be difficult if he were concentrating on a 2006 campaign for governor and were still in that office in 2007-08. The early evening meeting was held at the Caucus Room, a Washington restaurant popular with politicians and lobbyists. It was put together by Ron Kaufman, longtime Massachusetts member of the Republican National Committee and an intimate adviser of the senior George Bush. Political operatives attending were not committed to a possible Romney candidacy, but were asked to participate in a private discussion of the current political climate." Source. wb


At 9:52 AM, Blogger Cape Media Watch said...

Methinks the laddie doth protest too much;

This report followed the one here on Tuesday, May 10;

Romney unsure of run
BOSTON - Gov. Mitt Romney said yesterday he hasn't decided whether to seek another term as governor, though he expects he will.

''I haven't made a final decision on my re-election campaign. I expect that's going to come out in the fall,'' Romney said, replying to a reporter's question before walking into a Statehouse meeting.

Romney quickly added that he expects to run again. ''I'm making plans for that to be the case,'' he said. ''I keep on raising money.''

In a meeting with reporters in late December, Romney appeared to leave little doubt about his intention to run again.

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

You ought not repeat erroneous assertions about individuals, especially from a 'source' as shaky as the Cape Cod Voice - which could use a swift gargle with 'Facterine'!

Ron Kaufman misspent much of his youth on Cape Cod, working as a barkeep at the lamented Bridge Restaurant, and as a clerk at Harney's, before it became a mini-mall. He lived in Dennis several years, in modest circumstances, as he is that most reprehensible of Republicans, the Self-Made Man.

The same Voice article that you quote from (unattributed, by the way - tsk, tsk) also conjectures that Mr. Kaufman spends the week-ends at clambakes with his 'brother-in-law', Andy Card of Holbrook and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Since he divorced the former Miss Card and remarried a while ago, it is actually a testament to his ability that the White House would appoint him to such a post as Director of the National Seashore - it was not done as a favor to the former Mrs. Kaufman.

A stiff gargle is called for here as well!


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