A lot was said about Mitt Romney over the course of the election, but I think we should commend him for saying his first priority is to find his 400 campaign staffers new jobs.
From The Times:
“During a meeting at his campaign headquarters in the North End of Boston a few hours after conceding to President Obama, Mr. Romney told his staff members that they had just witnessed his last political campaign. But he vowed, in the words of two people in the room, that “’I will not fall off the map.”’
According to a report from the Washington Post’s, L.E.Simmons, an oil investor on Romney’s national finance committee talked with Romney:
“I said, ‘So what are you going to do for the next few weeks? Let’s do something fun,’ ” Simmons recalled. “And he said, ‘Uh, I’m going to be really busy.’ He said, ‘I have 400 people to get great jobs for.’ ”
And these people will need jobs fast considering literally just moments after Romney made his concession speech on Tuesday, “the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself. Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.”
So what do his friends and family actually see the father of five doing now that his presidential dream is over? Aides told the Times he would be receptive to a high-profile job in the private sector, the advocacy world or academia. His friends can see him writing opinion pieces for major newspapers, which has always been a passion for him. Maybe, some say, the former English major will attempt another book. His first was called Turnaround, which looked at his role in turning around the Olympics in 2004. His second, No Apology, was a political manifesto he wrote in 2010.
While it is unsure what Romney’s next move will be, he should find comfort in the fact that he is not the only former presidential candidate without a plan. In 2004, Al Gore, who graciously accepted loss in public, then descended into a private slump, according to the Times, growing a beard and putting on weight before slowly finding his passion in environmental advocacy that won him a Nobel Peace Prize.
Whatever Romney decides to do, I think we can all agree he will be okay, and that its pretty cool of him to find jobs for his campaign staff.
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