Will He or Won’t He? Tagg Romney Says No to Senate

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Tagg Romney gives an interview during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Florida.

Updated at 5: 15 pm EST

Tagg Romney, the eldest son of defeated 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, isn’t ready to join the family political dynasty. At least not yet.

A story in today’s Boston Herald reported that  the younger Romney, 42, was considering running in the Massachusetts special election to replace John Kerry, who gave up his U.S. Senate seat to become secretary of state. The report was nothing more than media speculation, a person familiar with Romney’s thinking told Bloomberg News.

Romney  proved the point with an e-mailed statement late this afternoon:

“I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate. I love my home state and admit 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. The timing is not right for me, but I am hopeful that the people of Massachusetts will select someone of integrity, vision, and compassion as our next U.S. senator.”

Romney was a frequent surrogate and top strategist on his father’s president campaign. Romney founded and runs Solamere, a Boston-based venture capital firm, and is the father of six children — the youngest of whom are infant twins.

Add to that his father’s less-than-stellar performance last year in the heavily Democratic state of Massachusetts — Mitt Romney lost the state he governed from 2003 to 2007 by 23 percentage points in the 2012 race for the White House — and a Tagg Romney candidacy would seem like an even longer shot.

Annie Linskey contributed reporting. 

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