MITT ROM­NEY STROLLS ALONG THE COME­BACK TRAIL

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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.

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