following excerpts are from the cnsnews.com article Ann
Romney: 'We Didn't Know a Single Republican'
by Terence P. Jeffrey:
and Ann Romney "didn't know a single Republican" before
Romney decided in late 1993to seek the Republican nomination for a
U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts,Mrs. Romney told the Los Angeles
Times in a story that was published on Oct. 7, 1994 and that is
the Times' website.
story was written by Ronald
who is now with the National Journal, and was published under the
headline: "Kennedy in the Fight of His Life : Is Massachusetts
senator obsolete and out of touch, or is he an indispensable resource
to his state? Mitt Romney, a businessman, threatens to unseat him
after 30 years in Senate."
Romney decided to run, Republicans exchanged quizzical looks: 'We
didn't know a single Republican when we jumped in in December,' his
wife, Ann, says," Brownstein reported.
a registered independent, Romney had voted in the Democratic
presidential primary in 1992 to support Paul E. Tsongas (though he
backed George Bush in the general election, he says)," wrote
Brownstein."He briefly considered running for the Senate seat as
an independent as well, his wife says, before rejecting the idea as
and pragmatism remained at the center of his appeal, though,"
wrote Brownstein."(Even today, he tries to keep his distance
from a national Republican Party still held in some suspicion here:
He has refused to sign onto the national GOP 'contract' party leaders
are pushing in Washington.)