MITT ROMNEY STROLLS ALONG THE COMEBACK TRAIL
It’s curious to note that former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney still maintains an active campaign website, which bears the notice “Paid for by Romney for President, Inc.” There is a public point of contact, social media links and a noble-looking photo of the onetime Republican candidate — complete with a message that reads “I still believe in the people of America,” plus a vow to pray for the nation.
Mr. Romney has re-emerged in the news. Rumors that he would run for the U.S. Senate seat in Utah have percolated for quite some time. He’s weighing in on weighty matters, like President Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate agreement and comedian Kathy Griffin’s questionable photo op with a grisly prop head of the president.
Mr. Romney is also making public appearances. Last week, he headlined a fundraiser in the nation’s capital to benefit Yellowstone National Park. This weekend, he is in kingmaker mode, serving as the big draw for two fundraisers for Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. June 8 marks Mr. Romney’s fifth annual “Experts and Enthusiasts Summit” — the E2 Summit — to be staged in a posh resort in Park City, Utah. It is a convivial big league fundraiser, with big name guests. Last year’s event featured six GOP presidential hopefuls. This year, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham top the roster.
The event will not be a “Trump-bashing” festival says Kirk Jowers, a longtime local Mitt watcher who made his prediction to Utah radio station KSL. Yes, well. It was Mr. Romney himself who called Mr. Trump a “fraud” before he even arrived at the White House. Meanwhile, the summit is sure to be bustling; a call for helpful volunteers has gone out to Brigham Young University students.
What does it all mean? Simply put, it means that Mr. Romney is not quite done with public life, and it appears he may be upping the ante.