Marco, Chris, Bob, and Allen ... meet Beth Myers. She'll be vetting you. Romney announced over the weekend that his long-time aide will be the point person on picking his running mate. Romney told ABC:
I have selected someone who has been an counselor of mine for a number of years, Beth Myers, she was my Chief of Staff when I was governor. I've asked her to be the person who oversees the process of the vice presidential selection and vetting an analysis and so she's begun that process and is putting together the kinds of things you need to do to vet potential candidates.
The Washington Post's Philip Rucker has a little background on Myers: "Myers, who has a long career in Massachusetts politics and has worked with Romney for 10 years, is one of his most trusted confidants and oversaw Romney’s preparation for the Republican primary debates." According to her Shawmut Group bio (Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom is also part of the firm), Myers is a lawyer and has worked with candidates like Ronald Reagan, Ray Shamie, Bill Clements. Politico's Alexander Burns notes, "With gender likely to factor in the selection calculus, Myers also gives a female face and voice to the most important single decision Romney will make in between now and Labor Day."
Now, Myers may not have the star appeal of, say, Barack Obama who had a Kennedy on his VP vetting team or former defense secretary Dick Cheney, who led George W. Bush's VP selection committee before settling on himself. But, because of the blunder that was and is the media gargantuan of Sarah Palin, vetting (or lack thereof) has now become a scintillating topic and so are "the kinds of things you need to do to vet potential candidates." If we go by what HBO's Game Change told us and what the real Sarah Palin showed us, hopefully that's more than just scanning YouTube for good sound bites.
Though we don't think she'll be spilling any secrets, you can also follow Beth on Twitter:
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