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Guerriero Drops Out of Mass. Race

April 2, 2002

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BOSTON (AP) _ Patrick Guerriero, the 34-year-old gay politician who was acting Gov. Jane Swift’s running mate, dropped out of the race for lieutenant governor Tuesday.

Guerriero had been in limbo since Swift withdrew last month.

He and former state Republican Party Chairman James Rappaport had tried to portray themselves as the best running mate for Mitt Romney, the former Winter Olympics chief who entered the governor’s race hours after Swift bowed out.

Guerriero instead threw his support to GOP Chairwoman Kerry Murphy Healey.

It was not immediately clear whether Romney will choose a running mate. A Romney spokesman did not immediately return calls.

In Massachusetts, governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately.

Healey joins Rappaport and former state Rep. Donna Fournier Cuomo as Republican candidates for lieutenant governor.

Romney is the only Republican candidate for governor. Five Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination.

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