After his crushing defeat in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many thought it was the end of Mitt Romney's career in politics. And while that may hold true for him, the same may not hold true for other members of the Romney family. The Republican Party is desperately searching for a formidable candidate to run for the seat left vacant by Democrat John Kerry, who was recently confirmed as Hillary Clinton's replacement as Secretary of State, after 29 years in the Senate. Among the names being suggested are Mitt Romney's wife Ann, and even his son, Tagg.
Republicans in Massachusetts are said to be encouraging Ann Romney to run for U.S. Senate. After her husband's failed presidential bid, GOP insiders say the wife of the former Massachusetts governor has the cachet needed to build momentum among the state's conservatives.
Many had assumed that Scott Brown, who once represented the state in the Senate, would make a bid for Kerry's old seat. However, he recently decided that he would not run for the seat.
Brown's failure to run for Kerry's seat has left the GOP in a lurch. Republican insider Ron Kaufman, an aide for Romney's 2012 campaign, told reporters that Ann Romney may just be the candidate they're looking for. Kaufman, who also served as the White House political director and an adviser to Pres. George H.W. Bush, said:
'I’ve had several people call me and ask about Ann Romney."
Ann Romney, 63, is a mother of five boys. She suffers from multiple sclerosis and is a breast cancer survivor. She met her husband Mitt while in high school. Ann Romney has never run for office, nor has she ever expressed any desire to do so.
Romney's son Tagg has also been named as a potential contender. Tagg, 42,
followed in his father's footsteps to work in private equity and was an adviser during his father's campaign.
The Romney family may not yet be out of the political game afterall.