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Editor says, what if Lenore Romney had won her Senate race in 1970? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1908,on this day Senator Lenore Romney née LaFount was born in Logan, Utah.
Birth of Senator Lenore Romney (R-MI)The wife of American businessman and politician George W. Romney she was First Lady of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. After her husband stood down as Governor, he made an unsuccessful run for the Presidency and later was appointed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary by Richard Nixon.
Too used to be listened to and making his own decisions, this dis-empowered position in the Cabinet quickly became untenable. Both men were frustrated. Nixon, who could not bring himself to fire Romney, made a pointed remark about the upcoming 1970 senate race, but Romney completely missed the coded signal and instead advised his wife to run.
It was a tall order to beat popular, two-term Democratic incumbent Senator Philip Hart and in fact Lenore even struggled to overcome State Senator Robert J. Huber in the Republican party primary. However Hart's electoral support soon evaporated because of his controversial stand on gun control and busing . And the result was the narrowest of victories for Lenore Romney.
Editor says, in reality soon after Hart's victory there were calls from conservatives in Michigan to recall him from office due to his stand on gun control and busing, with bumper stickers reading "Recall cures Hart attacks". The recall effort never got off the ground, because the United States Constitution does not authorize the recall of federal officials. He died of cancer in 1972 shortly before the expiry of his term of office. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.