Romney had grown up steeped in campaign rallies and victory parties. He had also seen the pain politics could cause. George Romney’s trouncing in the presidential campaign of 1968, followed by the defeat of Mitt’s mother, Lenore, in a race for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat, deeply disappointed Romney, according to his son Tagg. But a quarter-century had passed to heal those wounds.
In addition to Romney’s father’s words weighing on him, Romney also now had the dying wishes of his wife’s father to consider. In a period of emotional upheaval for Romney’s family in which Ann suffered a miscarriage, her father, Edward Roderick Davies, fell ill with cancer. More skeptical of organized religion than his children, who had been converted to Mormonism by the Romneys, Davies beseeched his daughter to make the most of her life now, and to capitalize on the opportunities bestowed upon her and her husband, Ann told the Boston Globe. In September 1992, Davies died, and months later Romney accompanied his brothers-in-law to a Mormon temple, where, donning white robes, he solemnly watched as they posthumously baptized their father through a proxy, according to a person present at the ceremony.