Mitt Romney Rejoins Board of Company Founded by Man He’s Named After

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A bored and contemplative Willard "Mitt" Romney is returning to normalcy a month after losing the presidential election and will once again join the board of Marriott International, the company announced today. He's been there before, from 1993 until he became governor of Massachusetts, as well as for a stint after losing the Republican nomination in 2008. The two families are old pals: Founder J. Willard Marriott sold tamales with George Romney during the Great Depression and was Mitt's namesake, known to him as "Uncle Will."

The Marriott brothers donated more than $1 million to the Romney effort and are still willing to give him yet another chance: "We are delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board, on which he has served with distinction twice before," said chairman J. Willard Marriott Jr. in a statement. "We will benefit from his tremendous energy and capability to guide long-term success in an increasingly complex business environment."

"It is an honor to once again be able to serve in the company of leaders like Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson and to support the work of the tens of thousands of Marriott associates who make Marriott International the renowned success that it is," said Romney, who has also taken up office space at his son's company. It's important to have people you can count on.