Josh Romney with his father, Mitt, and his mother, Ann, after Mitt Romney delivered a speech on his faith in College Station, Texas on Dec. 6. (David L. Ryan / Globe staff)
There won't be a Mitt on the ballot this fall, but there may be Romney.
Romney's son Josh, a frequent presence on the presidential campaign trail before his dad dropped out of the race, says he is considering running for Congress this year against Jim Matheson, a Democrat representing Utah's 2nd House district.
"I haven't ruled it out," Romney, 32, is quoted as saying in this morning's Deseret Morning News, a Salt Lake City daily. "I'm pretty young, but I've had good experience on the campaign trail." (Read the full piece here.)
For the time being, Josh Romney said, the family is taking a little time off from politics. He told the paper they skied together at Deer Valley over the weekend. Reflecting on his father's campaign, he said that the loss to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in Iowa was a major blow.
"It killed a lot of my dad's momentum, to be honest," he said. "That was really damaging."
If Josh Romney were to enter politics, he would follow in the footsteps of not just his father, but his grandfather, George Romney, who was a three-term Michigan governor and unsuccessful 1968 presidential hopeful.
Josh Romney, one of five Romney brothers, made headlines last year when he procured an RV, dubbed it the "Mitt Mobile," and set a goal of visiting each of Iowa's 99 counties. He often shared his exploits on the brothers' blog, Five Brothers.