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Mitt Romney stepping down from Marriott board, again

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has stepped down from the board of directors for hotel chain Marriott International Inc. for the second time in eight years.

Marriott on Wednesday announced Romney has left the board. Romney's spokesman said the former presidential candidate felt he no longer had the time to devote to the position.

Romney ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for president in 2008 and is widely considered to be weighing a possible run in 2012.

Romney served as a director from 1993 to 2002 before stepping down at the start of his run for governor. He rejoined the board in January 2009.

Romney's father, George, was a close friend of the company's founder, J. Willard Marriott. Romney's given first name, Willard, is in honor of Marriott.