Matt Romney says he will not run to replace disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
The Los Angeles Times says Romney’s name has come up repeatedly in connection with the open office. However, the 41-year-old businessman says he will not vie to replace Filner.
In an email to Los Angeles Times political reporter Maeve Reston, Romney said he had been asked “by some friends in the local R [Republican] party to consider running and not dismiss it out of hand.
“Out of respect for them, I agreed not to rule it out until today after allowing for some discussions. It’s now safe to say that I will not run for mayor.”
When Romney’s name was listed by a pollster among potential candidates, it created a slight buzz within media and political circles. Republican leaders are hoping to rally around a single candidate in the Nov. 19 special election in hopes of overcoming a voter registration disadvantage. Democrats comprise 40% of registered voters within the city; voters who decline to state a party comprise 27%; and Republicans are 26%.