Tagg Romney: I'm Not Running for MA Senate

Kate Hicks

2/4/2013 8:02:00 PM - Kate Hicks

The search for a viable Republican candidate for now-Secretary of State John Kerry's former Senate seat continues, as Tagg Romney ended speculation that he's considering a run for the position. Mitt Romney's eldest son stated that he will not seek the seat, citing a desire to spend time with his family and continue growing his business -- as well as his father's dismal performance there in November's election.

In an e mail to ABC News, Tagg Romney says he is not running for U.S. Senate.

"I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the US Senate," but the timing just doesn't work, Romney said.

"I love my home state and admit it would be an honor to represent the citizens of our great Commonwealth," Romney said. "However, I am currently committed to my business and to spending as much time as I can with my wife and children. The timing is not right for me."

The Boston Herald reported Monday morning that the eldest son of Mitt and Ann Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election in Massachusetts now that former senator Scott Brown decided against a run last week.

But, two sources close to both Tagg and his father Mitt told ABC News earlier Monday it's not going to happen. One consideration for Tagg Romney may be that his father lost the Bay State in last year's presidential election by 23 points.

Tagg joins Scott Brown in declining to run for the seat, a potentially wise move, given the prospect of running for reelection almost immediately, in 2014. The race is already an uphill climb for the GOP; unless a name emerges soon, it'll be all but impossible.