The New York Times has released an analysis of Mitt Romney's record as Massachusetts governor and it shows the GOP nominee for President absent over a quarter of his 4 year term. He was out of state holidaying, or engaged in other things, for 417 days.
The Times reviewed his schedule and reviewed other records to obtain this information. Besides missing more than a full year of the 4 years he spent as governor the review also shows that for 70 percent of those missed days he was either on holiday - favorite destinations included his vacation home in New Hampshire and retreat in Utah - or on trips totally unrelated to his job as governor. He was governor from Jan. 2003 to Jan. 2007.
The newspaper released their analysis Saturday and noted that in addition to his frequent holidays "much of his travel was to lay the groundwork for the presidential ambitions he would pursue in the 2008 election, two years after leaving office." During Romney's time as governor he traveled to political events in 38 or more states and to multiple foreign nations including Cuba, Greece and South Korea; the trips abroad were not related to Massachusetts business.
At the time of his long absences - in October of 2006 he was in state but 5 days - he defended his record to the Boston Herald, saying “Even when you are on vacation, when you've been elected as governor, you keep thinking and working on issues that are important to you.”