Politics

Romney loses former N.H. campaign chair

Kate Robards Contributor

Mitt Romney will have to continue his run for the 2012 presidential campaign without his former New Hampshire campaign chair. Bruce Keough, a former state senator was a key component for Romney’s success in New Hampshire during the 2008 preliminaries.

Keough told “Mother Jones,” magazine that he’s looking to put his support behind Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty instead.

The reason Keough is washing his hands of Romney is because he doesn’t think Mitt takes clear and consistent positions on the important issues.

“I don’t think the voters are looking for somebody who’s going to be recasting himself,” he says. “They want somebody who’s been true to a certain set of political ideals for a while.” Keough adds, Romney “manages to say things that cause people to think, ‘Wait a second: I thought I knew him, and now I’m not so sure.’ I think he can be successful. But I don’t think he will be successful if he runs his campaign like he did in 2008.”