Ten minutes into the momentum-reversing debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama in Denver, Tagg Romney, the candidate’s eldest son, received a hug from his mother.
“This is good,” Ann Romney whispered in his ear.
A new story line about the dynamics within the Romney campaign depicts Tagg and his mother wrenching control of Mitt’s once-faltering candidacy from paid strategists. But Tagg, who recounted the debate scene to a Republican well-wisher at an event in Bristow on Thursday, insists the conspiracy theories aren’t true.
Those stories, he said, are “more fairy tale than truth” and insisted there was “no palace coup. I have every confidence in all the guys and gals running the shop, and they know it.”
For now, it is Tagg who’s in the spotlight. It didn’t shine on him right away.
Recent news coverage of the Romney campaign has focused on the campaign’s travails and triumphs.
First came a Sept. 16 Politico story headlined “Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled,” an anecdote-packed evisceration of Romney’s chief strategist, Stuart Stevens. That was followed a week later by the Politico story “In the end, it’s Mitt,” which shifted blame off of Stevens and onto the candidate. After Romney pounded Obama in the debate in Denver, things started clicking for the Republican.