Balls in the Air

Steely County Attorney Rick Romley's going, but he's not gone. He'd like to take the governor's office from Janet Napolitano

Romley says his wife Carol probably would rather not have to endure a rugged campaign, "though she's a trooper and we'll work it out, believe me. The future will work itself out."

Romley does have one plan for his immediate future.

He says that on his birthday next April 28, he'll retreat by himself to a room in his home. There, he'll try to open a box filled with things that have been awaiting him for 35 years -- since he was a strong young man fighting in Vietnam.

The Vietnam-era Rick Romley.
The Vietnam-era Rick Romley.
Romley congratulates his top aide, Paul Ahler, at a recent function.
Jackie Mercandetti
Romley congratulates his top aide, Paul Ahler, at a recent function.

Its mysterious contents hold an otherworldly significance for Romley. All he knows is that there are letters, photos and audio tapes to and from his first wife and others in the box.

"I think I'll finally be able to open it up," Romley says. "But I'm not 100 percent. It's going to take some balls."

E-mail paul.rubin@newtimes.com, or call 602-229-8433.

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