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Sources: Swift Dropping Out Of [MA] Governor's Race
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 10:06 a.m. EST March 19, 2002 | TheBostonChannel

Posted on 03/19/2002 6:22:56 AM PST by Momaw Nadon

Sources: Swift Dropping Out Of Governor's Race

Cites Family Reasons For Leaving GOP Field To Romney

BOSTON -- Sources tell NewsCenter 5 that Acting Gov. Jane Swift has decided to drop out of the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination this fall.

Swift, a mother of three, including twin girls who were born last June, cited family reasons for her decision not to run.

Aides said she is expected to make a formal announcement later Tuesday.

Swift's decision comes on the heels of a news that Olympic chief Mitt Romney plans to formally announce his candidacy for the corner office. He returned to his hometown of Belmont, Mass., this weekend after three years organizing the 2002 Olympic Winter games in Salt Lake city.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: election; governor; massachusetts; masslist; olympicslist; romney; swift
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Romney to the rescue!!!
1 posted on 03/19/2002 6:22:56 AM PST by Momaw Nadon
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To: Momaw Nadon
Boy, I'm glad THAT dunce is outta here. Good for Taxachussetts!

:) ttt

2 posted on 03/19/2002 6:24:49 AM PST by detsaoT
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To: Momaw Nadon
First smart political decision she made.
Latest poll of republicans Mitt 77% - Swift 12%.

Next look for a lot of Mormon bashing from the rats.

3 posted on 03/19/2002 6:26:04 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Momaw Nadon
Mass. acting Gov. Jane Swift to drop out of governor's race; Romney to run -AP Breaking News
JOHN McELHENNY, Associated Press Writer
(03-19) 07:23 PST BOSTON (AP) -- Acting Gov. Jane Swift will withdraw from the race for governor, a campaign source said Tuesday, just hours before Salt Lake City Winter Olympics chief Mitt Romney was expected to announce his candida...
4 posted on 03/19/2002 6:26:54 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Semper Paratus
Latest poll of republicans Mitt 77% - Swift 12%.

Are you kidding me? No wonder she got out of the race.

5 posted on 03/19/2002 6:27:15 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Momaw Nadon
07:27 PST (AP) -- "She's dropping out of the race," the campaign adviser said. "I don't have any reasons, I just know she's out."

Swift does not plan to resign, the adviser said.

In April, Swift became Massachusetts' first female chief executive, and, at 36, the nation's youngest, succeeding Paul Cellucci when he became ambassador to Canada.

Up until recently, she had said she was undaunted by a challenge from Romney, who has never held elected office.

Romney planned to announce his decision to run later Tuesday, after a meeting with supporters, according to a friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

6 posted on 03/19/2002 6:29:30 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Momaw Nadon
He should be on the Howie Carr Show this afternoon/evening.
AM680 WRKO
7 posted on 03/19/2002 6:29:55 AM PST by jonatron
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To: Momaw Nadon
Good, Swift had no chance, Romney has a chance. I hear he is energizing the MA GOP. A friend is a delegate committed to Mitt.
8 posted on 03/19/2002 6:31:16 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Semper Paratus
After what he did with the Olympic-sized image problem here, it will be truly humorous to watch him run anyone stupid enough to bash him that way through the wringer. I think I better lay in a BIG supply of tomatillo salsa for this election season :)
9 posted on 03/19/2002 6:31:25 AM PST by Technocrat
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To: Technocrat
anyone stupid enough to bash him that way

This is Massachusetts, they already started at the St Patrick breakfasts with polygamy jokes.

10 posted on 03/19/2002 6:35:45 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Momaw Nadon
I just hope Swift does the right thing and pardons Gerald Amirault before she leaves office, since she doesn't have to worry about re-election now.
11 posted on 03/19/2002 6:36:05 AM PST by TroutStalker
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Up until recently, she had said she was undaunted by a challenge from Romney, who has never held elected office.

Well if she does drop out, at least we'll know she wasn't totally STOOPID!! Now we'll have to really get to know Mitt and get behind him!!

12 posted on 03/19/2002 6:37:50 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Momaw Nadon
Did anyone tell William Weld that Swift is out? LOL

"Republican" Weld supports Swift against Romney

13 posted on 03/19/2002 6:41:34 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Momaw Nadon
"Republican" Weld supports Swift against Romney
Culture/Society Keywords: ELECTIONS, GAY, HOMOSEXUAL, MASSACHUSETTS, REPUBLICAN, SCHOOLS
Source: Boston Globe
Published: 3/19/2002 Author: Frank Phillips

14 posted on 03/19/2002 6:42:21 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: 1Old Pro
Oops! Looks like we were thinking along the same lines...
15 posted on 03/19/2002 6:43:11 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: TroutStalker
I just hope Swift does the right thing and pardons Gerald Amirault before she leaves office, since she doesn't have to worry about re-election now.

Amen to that, except I don't think she has the grapes to actually do it.

16 posted on 03/19/2002 6:44:16 AM PST by Petronski
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To: TroutStalker
I just hope Swift does the right thing and pardons Gerald Amirault before she leaves office, since she doesn't have to worry about re-election now.

I'll second that. And they should indict Scott Harshbarger.

17 posted on 03/19/2002 6:44:26 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Momaw Nadon
Who is running on the Demo ticket?
18 posted on 03/19/2002 6:45:26 AM PST by IVote2
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To: Semper Paratus
"Next look for a lot of Mormon bashing from the rats."

They shouldn't. Aren't the Udall boys out west Mormons? They're a big democratic family, with a former Congressman and his brother, the Sec. of Interior.

19 posted on 03/19/2002 6:47:58 AM PST by capitan_refugio
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To: IVote2
There are a few demonrats running, including Robert Reich.

Please, help Mitt Romney win!

I don't want to live under the Reich!!!

20 posted on 03/19/2002 6:48:56 AM PST by Momaw Nadon
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To: IVote2
Who is running on the Demo ticket?

Shannon O'Brien, State Treasurer
Thomas Birmingham, Senate Presidint
Robert Reichhsssshsh, former Labor Secretary, and
Steve Grossman, State Party Chairman, endorsed by Clinton.

Now you know why we're grabbing the Mitt lifeline.

21 posted on 03/19/2002 6:50:19 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Semper Paratus
Next look for a lot of Mormon bashing from the rats.

Except Mitt apparently is not at all true to his Mormon roots on social and cultural matters. He appears to be a Riordan-in-waiting. Maybe that's the only kind of Republican that can get elected in Mass.

From this site:

". . . Kincaid recalls that Limbaugh was an unabashed cheerleader for GOP 'moderates' during the 1994 congressional election, 'one of them being Mitt Romney in Massachusetts.' Romney appeared to be a plausible contender against Ted Kennedy, the Bay State's monument to decadent socialism, until Romney expressed pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality views. Romney, a leader in the Mormon Church, disavowed his Church's teachings regarding abortion [and] . . . endorsed the integration of homosexuals into the [Boy Scouts]."

22 posted on 03/19/2002 6:56:47 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: 1Old Pro
And they should indict Scott Harshbarger.

and Crybaby Kerasiotis.

23 posted on 03/19/2002 6:57:49 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: 1Old Pro
And they should indict Scott Harshbarger.

and Crybaby Kerasiotis.

24 posted on 03/19/2002 6:58:05 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: 1Old Pro
Did anyone tell William Weld that Swift is out? LOL

The Boston Globe piece didn't mention if Weld was sober when he indorsed Swifty.

25 posted on 03/19/2002 6:58:50 AM PST by jackbill
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To: Momaw Nadon
She's got three kids to take care of. Good move.


26 posted on 03/19/2002 7:00:23 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Momaw Nadon
You will NEVER hear of a Democrat leaving office for "family reasons." That just isn't done.
27 posted on 03/19/2002 7:03:05 AM PST by Illbay
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To: IVote2
O'Brien and Grossman (a former DNC Chair and who is a very good friend of Clintoon's) are the ones that will get the most votes on the Democrat side. Reich is falling fast with his backtracking on the Clintoon "endorsement." Reich will have a lot of money, so he could end up in the Top 2, but it's a very tough road for him.
28 posted on 03/19/2002 7:04:25 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: capitan_refugio
"Next look for a lot of Mormon bashing from the rats."

They shouldn't. Aren't the Udall boys out west Mormons?

And so is, I believe, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada - Tom Dasshole's butt boy - er, uh excuse me, Asst. Majority Leader.

29 posted on 03/19/2002 7:06:09 AM PST by jackbill
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To: Momaw Nadon
Rice must me mad.......................and according to Orvetti.com "Ex-Gov. Bill Weld (R) endorsed Gov. Jane Swift for the Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial nomination, Boston Globe reports... "...hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Maybe she should have told him that she was quitting//
30 posted on 03/19/2002 7:06:11 AM PST by KQQL
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To: GraniteStateConservative
How could I forget Reich! He's a socialist, but does let you know he is.

What chance do you think Romney might have in Massachuetts?

31 posted on 03/19/2002 7:13:44 AM PST by IVote2
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To: Illbay
You will NEVER hear of a Democrat leaving office for "family reasons." That just isn't done.

The first time I laid eyes on her I thought "mother".


32 posted on 03/19/2002 7:15:21 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Momaw Nadon
Whoo hoo!!! Another RINO caught between the cross-hairs. Its not looking like a good year for RINOs now that Jane Swift's down and out...
33 posted on 03/19/2002 7:17:45 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Kevin Curry
Regarding that article you linked to, Limbaugh is just a radio personality. Same with RWR-- just a guy who was President. Liberals glorify and worship at the altar of RFK, JFK, FDR and the rest-- we shouldn't be idolizing personalities or politicians. Liberals are the goofy idealists. We're supposed to be pragmatic. Pragmatism always beats idealism because idealists have so many mood swings.
34 posted on 03/19/2002 7:18:55 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: Fitzcarraldo
I like Swift, but I think she was just way over her head. She should go back to being a state senator and then in about 8 years make another state-wide run. She's not bad like the Kennedy clan, just ineffectual.
35 posted on 03/19/2002 7:20:42 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: IVote2
What chance do you think Romney might have in Massachuetts?

If he runs, barring any major eff-ups, he's the next Governor of the Commonwealth.

36 posted on 03/19/2002 7:24:12 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: IVote2
Romney has a very good shot. Weld won and Cellucci won and Romney is stronger than they were in my opinion. There is no heavyweight in this race but Romney. Reich isn't a heavyweight because he has made many bad decisions. The Speaker of the House is a Democrat who likes to stab other state Democrats in the back to keep the power he has-- which is another edge for the GOP.

Massachusetts likes celebrities and Romney is a celebrity. They won't feel threatened by Romney because he's not a social conservative (though he is likely against things like civil unions-- which Swift was against as well, even though her choice for Lt. Gov. and her step-son support it). If Ted Kennedy dies in office, I'd rather have Romney appoint the replacement.

37 posted on 03/19/2002 7:27:07 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
He had Kennedy on the ropes in '94 but lacked the killer instinct. This time he should get some Democrat help if the Bulger Candidate, Tom Birmingham gets the D- nomination.
38 posted on 03/19/2002 7:28:50 AM PST by JohnGalt
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To: TroutStalker
"I just hope Swift does the right thing and pardons Gerald Amirault before she leaves office,..."

Swift?
She wouldn't know the "right thing" if it bit her on the butt!

39 posted on 03/19/2002 7:29:06 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Semper Paratus
And Ted Kennedy did some Mormon-bashing in 1994 when Romney ran against him.

Romney came close, too. I've hated the Hero of Chappaquiddick's guts since that race. Still hate the fat old drunk now.

40 posted on 03/19/2002 7:33:05 AM PST by hchutch
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To: Hemingway's Ghost; GraniteStateConservative
This is great news to me. I was impressed with him and how he saved the Winter Olympics. He has a nice manner, elegant.

I'm not surprised nor upset by his more liberal views, he wouldn't have a prayer otherwise in Mass.

We have to build the party from the bottom up. If he is successful as Governor, he can try once again against old Kennedy. One of these days we WILL be rid of him from the Senate. (God willing!)

Jen

41 posted on 03/19/2002 7:37:40 AM PST by IVote2
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To: IVote2
hmmm
42 posted on 03/19/2002 7:40:15 AM PST by KQQL
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To: Momaw Nadon
Aides said she is expected to make a formal announcement later Tuesday.

Hurrah!

43 posted on 03/19/2002 7:42:57 AM PST by A. Pole
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To: TroutStalker
I'm glad someone else besides me is thinking of Mr. Amirault.

Swifty's decision to keep Amriault in jail a couple of weeks ago was about the most chickens*** thing I've ever seen, and that's saying something.

Does she have the ability to revisit this now? Or can she do an 11th-hour pardon next January in the spirit of Slick Willie (except in her case she'd be doing the right thing)?

44 posted on 03/19/2002 7:48:07 AM PST by litany_of_lies
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To: IVote2
lol.............I always say, sometimes A RINO is better than a RAT>>>
45 posted on 03/19/2002 7:50:21 AM PST by KQQL
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To: GraniteStateConservative
You hit the nail on the head. There are only two reasons to support Mitt Romney, who is a squish Republican, as Governor of Massachusetts. 1) Lower taxes, and 2) appointing the successor to Ted Kennedy when he goes to that Irish pub in the sky.

The first reason is good for Massachusetts. The second reason is good for the whole nation. Being part Irish, I'll drink to that.

Congressman Billybob

New column: "The Truman Factor."

46 posted on 03/19/2002 8:00:06 AM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob
Personally, I'd rather see Mitt or someone else retire Senator Drunkard (aka the Hero of Chappaquiddick) in 2006.
47 posted on 03/19/2002 8:08:23 AM PST by hchutch
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To: Momaw Nadon
Good riddance, to bad rubbish. She knew Mit was going to CLOBBER her if he ran.

She is citing "family" as her reason for quitting the race. What a load of trype.

She was a terrible leader without ANY real support from the republicans OR the people of the state. She has fired everyone who had any stones and replaced them with rubber stamp yes boys (note I did not say MEN, just look at who she chose as her running mate and you will get the picture).

Hopefully, Mit Romney can do for the state what he did for the Olympics = bring it in on budget and in the black. I also seriously doubt he will be picking a girley boy for his Lt. govenor.

48 posted on 03/19/2002 8:15:09 AM PST by Jmouse007
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To: Momaw Nadon
Give the woman credit for being able to read the polls. She'll need to find a job tho, as her husband is Mr. Mom and she's the breadwinner. Good luck lady.....you tried to have it all and did the best you could. Any demonrat would have been worse!
49 posted on 03/19/2002 8:24:03 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: hchutch
And Ted Kennedy did some Mormon-bashing in 1994 when Romney ran against him.

Mitt ran a weak race after being attacked as a bussinessman and a Mormon.
I expect more of the same, I hope he grew a backbone in Utah.

50 posted on 03/19/2002 8:42:40 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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