Best Political Comeback by an Ex-Governor - 2002
After his twelve years as Colorado's leader, no one expected former governor and spry septuagenarian Roy Romer to move to a retirement community and break out the shuffleboard. But to take over as the superintendent of Los Angeles Unified Schools, one of the largest and most troubled school districts in the nation? Some guys just can't get enough. Yet after a number of hiccups involving students, teachers, politicians, unions and, well, just about everyone else, Romer, who started his new assignment in the fall of 2000, has generally received good grades; he's even scored some points for his periodic appearances on live radio. But that's not surprising, as Colorado's leather-jacket-wearing ambassador has always done the job with typical honesty and a touch of class.