Mitt Romney didn't stay in Massachusetts very much while he was governor, according to a new investigation by the New York Times. A common criticism of Governor Mitt Romney was that he was always leaving on a jet plane. So the Times' Danny Hakim decided to look back into his schedule and figure out how much time he spent out of state. The numbers don't look good. "During Mr. Romney’s four-year term as governor of Massachusetts, he cumulatively spent more than a year — part or all of 417 days — out of the state, according to a review of his schedule and other records," Hakim says. 417 days is a lot of days. It is, by our simple calculations, more than 25 percent of his term. (It is actually 28.6 percent.)
Hakim found that Romney's time away from Massachusetts was divided mainly between two things: vacation and campaigning for a failed presidential bid in 2008. (Romney was Governor from 2002 to 2006.) He spent Christmases in Utah, was "a regular attendee at Super Bowls," took a jaunt through Asia and vacationed in (gasp!) the Virgin Islands. But he also spent a bunch of time away speaking for other governors, spending time in Washington and going on foreign policy-bolstering trips abroad.