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Romney's travel records from his time as governor.

Spent 1/4th of this time as governor away from the state.

Much of that time was spent on personal business unrelated to the state, and a lot of it involved laying groundwork for his Presidential run in 2008, which has stayed in tact for his run now.

Mitt's been running for this election, more or less, since 2003.

I'm not sure the phrase "career politician" ever made any sense, but if this doesn't fit the definition, nothing does.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/us...=politics&_r=0

As Massachusetts Governor, Romney Was Often Away
By DANNY HAKIM
Published: October 13, 2012

BOSTON — When the ceiling collapsed in the Big Dig tunnel here, Gov. Mitt Romney was at his vacation home in New Hampshire. When the Bush administration warned that the nation was at high risk of a terror attack in December 2003, he was at his Utah retreat. And for much of the time the legislature was negotiating changes to his landmark health care bill, he was on the road.

During Mr. Romney’s four-year term as governor of Massachusetts, he cumulatively spent more than a year — part or all of 417 days — out of the state, according to a review of his schedule and other records. More than 70 percent of that time was spent on personal or political trips unrelated to his job, a New York Times analysis found.

Mr. Romney, now the Republican presidential nominee, took lengthy vacations and weekend getaways. But much of his travel was to lay the groundwork for the presidential ambitions he would pursue in the 2008 election, two years after leaving office.

During his last year as governor, he was largely an absentee chief executive. In October 2006, for example, he was out of the state all or part of 25 days. His public schedules said he was spending “personal time in Utah” or “attending political events” in California, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin. He went to a fund-raiser on Oct. 6 in Georgia for the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, stumped on Oct. 12 for a candidate for governor in Pennsylvania and appeared on Oct. 31 in Idaho on behalf of another candidate. In December, his last month in office, he took a swing through Asia before vacationing in Utah.

No one points to any lapses from his absences. But some former constituents, particularly Democrats, say Mr. Romney’s travels suggest that he was more interested in attaining the governor’s post than in doing the job. They argue that his focus on his political rise limited his achievements, and they point to President Obama’s double-digit lead in polls in Massachusetts as evidence of a bad taste left by Mr. Romney’s single term.

“I thought he gave up on his job,” said Phil Johnston, the chairman of the state Democratic Party while Mr. Romney was in office. “Romney was quite popular at the beginning of his tenure. The relationship between him and the Massachusetts electorate really soured.”

But Republicans and Mr. Romney’s campaign said his travels had no bearing on his job performance. Mr. Romney defended his absences while he was in office, once saying, according to The Boston Herald, “Even when you are on vacation, when you’ve been elected as governor, you keep thinking and working on issues that are important to you.”

Certainly, Mr. Romney was not the first Massachusetts governor with his eye on another prize. Two of his Republican predecessors resigned for ambassadorships, though one of them, William F. Weld, had his appointment as the envoy to Mexico blocked in the Senate. And much of Michael S. Dukakis’s third term, when he was the Democratic presidential nominee, was spent on the road.

Like Mr. Dukakis, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton ran for president as sitting governors and faced grousing about their time on the campaign trail. (As president, Mr. Bush also drew criticism for his lengthy summer vacations at his Texas ranch.)

Some politicians, though, are wary of leaving home. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, who has been talked about as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, rarely ventures out of state and vacations in the Hamptons or the Adirondacks.

Mr. Obama spent about two weeks on Martha’s Vineyard during each of the first three years of his term, but not this year. A trip to Hawaii around Christmas has also been a routine.

Much of Mr. Romney’s time on the road when he was governor was spent barnstorming the nation — traveling to at least 38 states — as he positioned himself for his first presidential run. He also sought to build up his foreign policy credentials, visiting Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as well as Greece, the Vatican, China, Japan and South Korea. He attended fund-raisers for local legislators in swing states like Iowa and Michigan and raised money nationwide for his political action committee.

Some travel to Washington was tied to state business. He attended meetings of the National Governors Association, lobbied Pentagon officials to keep a military base open and met with White House officials about domestic security and health care policy.

But it was not uncommon for Mr. Romney to spend a week or more vacationing. During the summer, he frequently spent weekends at his retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, about two hours north of Boston, and in 2005 he stayed for almost all of a two-week stretch. He took a weeklong vacation to the Virgin Islands at the end of 2004 and typically spent well over a week during the Christmas holidays at his Utah home, which he has since sold. He was a regular attendee at Super Bowls.

The Times compiled an itinerary of Mr. Romney’s travels by analyzing the governor’s public schedules, reviewing news accounts of his travels and the responses to public records requests made during his time in office by news organizations — including The Boston Globe, The Herald and The Associated Press — that were available at the Massachusetts State Archives. The figure is probably higher than 417 days because Mr. Romney’s vacations were often not recorded on his public schedules.

As his term progressed, the press corps took note of the governor’s travels — and the ill will they generated. The Herald reported that an anonymous group distributed pictures of Mr. Romney on the back of a milk carton, with the caption “Have You Seen Me?” One headline from The Herald was blunt: “Mitt’s Mass Denial.” A Globe analysis of the costs of his travel — Mr. Romney took no salary and paid for his personal and political trips, but the state paid for his security detail — found that taxpayers had paid more than $100,000 in the 2006 fiscal year and $63,874 the year before.

Mr. Romney’s frustrations in his home state, where he was often thwarted by an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature, became a common theme when he was on the road. He told audiences in Missouri and South Carolina in 2005 that being a Republican in Massachusetts was like being “a cattle rancher at a vegetarian convention.” He told the Heritage Foundation that he was like a “red speck in a blue state.”

His comments irked some in Massachusetts.

“He would make punch lines making fun of Massachusetts, and that was not widely appreciated,” said Michael J. Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed public policy group. “He was traveling so much the last two years, his most active period was really just two years. It’s tough enough for governors to get something done in four years, let alone two.”

Mr. Widmer said that while the administration focused on passing health care legislation in the second half of Mr. Romney’s term, “the rest of his agenda just went by the wayside.”

Brian P. Lees, a former Republican minority leader of the State Senate, defended Mr. Romney. “It really didn’t affect anything that much,” he said of the absences. “When we were in formal sessions or doing the budget or anything major, he was there.”

“He was always a phone call away, and his house in New Hampshire was closer to Boston than my house in Western Massachusetts,” Mr. Lees added.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior aide to Mr. Romney, cited Mr. Romney’s chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association in 2006 as among the reasons that he was on the road frequently that year. “This did not interfere with the job that Mitt Romney did for the people of Massachusetts,” he said. “Democrats who are carping about Mitt Romney’s travels also defended Mike Dukakis when he campaigned for president as a sitting governor. Their complaints come across as more than a bit hypocritical.”

He did miss some significant events. One night in July 2006, Mr. Romney was in New Hampshire when a 38-year-old woman was killed by falling concrete from the roof of the Big Dig tunnel in Boston. (Its closing would result in traffic gridlock for months to come.) When the governor arrived at the scene the next morning, he was visibly frustrated with Matthew J. Amorello, the head of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and a longtime irritant, and a tense exchange was captured by news cameras. Despite that rocky start, Mr. Romney would eventually win praise for his handling of the crisis and oust Mr. Amorello.

The legislature also finally came to its own deal on a version of Mr. Romney’s proposed overhaul of the state’s health care system. The final version passed by the legislature included provisions that the governor had vetoed, including a $295-per-worker fee for employers that did not provide insurance. The governor was traveling in April when the House overrode his vetoes.

Mr. Romney’s visits to New Hampshire became so frequent that The Manchester Union Leader, the state’s largest paper, wrote an editorial complaining about attempts by his security detail to cordon off a section of the lake around his home.

“The Massachusetts State Police have no jurisdiction over Lake Winnipesaukee,” it said, adding that troopers from a neighboring state should not be allowed “to harass and intimidate people who are out to enjoy that section of the lake.”

The paper endorsed Senator John McCain in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries and Newt Gingrich this time around.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:06 PM   #16
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That's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard you say. A guy who made a fortune in the private sector, spent several years in a high profile non-profit activity, and then served his first day in public office at age 55 is not a career politician. Good lord.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:14 PM   #17
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:26 PM   #18
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This thread is funny.

We have crap employment, tepid growth, trillion dollar deficits and Team Obama wants us to worry about Romney's travel agent and Big Bird.

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Old 10-14-2012, 06:31 PM   #19
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Nice that the NYTimes could care less about where Obama was after our ambassador was killed, or that the president was spouting about a video that had nothing to do with the Libyan attacks two weeks after they happened, or care much that Obama skipped his briefings to attend a fundraiser after one of our ambassadors was killed, or now claims to have nothing to do with sending the UN ambassador out as a spokesman for a position they knew was wrong.

No, the NYTimes is worried about where Mitt Romney was as Governor.
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Gotta agree with BRC on this one...fail to see how this has an impact on anything.
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Did you just call Romney a "career policitican"?

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This is so ****ing typical. Barry is not half the man Romney is...seriously...You Obots can't even really argue that except for the fact you just hate Romney...or any Republican.

Romney is a decent man. I have my disagreements with him, but there is no denying that he is a much more decent, ethical and patriotic man than Barry is period.
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This thread is funny.

We have crap employment, tepid growth, trillion dollar deficits and Team Obama wants us to worry about Romney's travel agent and Big Bird.

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Let me get this straight. He spent 1/4 of his time outside of the state, and 70% of that time was on personal business. Basically, he spent a day and a quarter per week outside the state for personal reasons on average (while not taking a salary)?

I'm probably going to vote for Obama because of this.
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