Four and a half Romney men
The impossibly handsome, all-American foursome that walked into the Windham Restaurant on Thursday morning might have meant that a Ralph Lauren photo shoot was getting under way. Or it could have just meant that the Romney boys were back in town.
With Papa Romney busy campaigning in Iowa, four of his five sons — Tagg, Matt, Josh and Craig — as well as his grandson, Joe, stumped for the candidate in New Hampshire, regaling voters with stories of Mitt and his various exploits as family man extraordinaire, legendary household tightwad, savior of the Salt Lake City Olympics, and so on.
In their almost-matching outfits, down to the white checked shirts often favored by their famous father, the Romney boys seemed eerily reminiscent of that other good-looking Mormon group, the Osmonds.
“What we can do is brag about him, in ways that he can’t brag about himself,” Tagg Romney said. “We’ve been doing everything we can.” In the family hierarchy Tagg is “the oldest one” or alternatively, as he noted, “the only one who got stuck with a strange name.”
Craig, the “youngest and funniest” Romney, had the crowd laughing in Concord by recalling how his father, usually portrayed as the ultimate square, learned the radical Olympic sport of skeleton — basically, sliding down an icy track face-first on a flimsy sled — on a dare from NBC.
“He got a call from The Today Show, which said if he would do the skeleton on the track, they would have him on the show,” Craig Romney said. Eager for any positive publicity for the then scandal-hit Winter Games, Romney took up the challenge, seeking out the help of U.S. athlete Jimmy Shea, who went on to win skeleton gold in Salt Lake. “He literally was willing to do anything to make the Games a success. We watched him on The Today Show, doing the skeleton.”
In Manchester on Thursday night the quartet stopped in at state campaign headquarters, manning the phone banks to call potential voters, taking questions from volunteers and eating pizza. Romney’s campaign is doing phone banks six nights a week, often with about 20 callers in the rotation. About 50 showed up to see the Romney boys.
The Romneys said they were not interested in engaging in a Twitter war with the “Huntsman girls,” the daughters of rival Republican Jon Huntsman who lags badly in the polls. “We’re just focused on my dad and trying to get my dad elected,” Tagg Romney said. On the question of whether Romney or Huntsman has the better hair, Tagg punted. “I think my brother Josh has the best hair.”