The former Republican nominee of the 2012 election race has agreed to attend the New Hampshire GOP on Aug. 6, which will be held in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region near Romney’s summer home in Wolfeboro.
“New Hampshire has always been a special place for Gov. Romney. It’s the state where he launched his presidential campaign, where he spends time with his family every summer, and it’s a place where he will always have many friends and loyal supporters,” New Hampshire GOP chair Jennifer Horn said, adding that she’s “thrilled” the politican has agreed to help the state party.
“The party reached out to Gov. Romney a few weeks ago when he indicated he was ready to get involved again in the political process, and asked him if he would be willing to raise money for the New Hampshire Republican Party,” Ryan Williams, an adviser to the New Hampshire GOP said. “The dinner will give Romney’s many local supporters in New Hampshire a chance to see him again.”
The main Obama’s rival during the election race has spent months after his failure largely in seclusion moving between his homes in southern California and central New Hampshire.
However, as The Huffington Post reports, the former Massaxhusetts governor has hinted at a desire to play a more active role ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
He told the Wall Street Journal a few months ago that he plans to re-emerge in ways that would “help shape national priorities.”
Romney’s brand suffered after losing what was considered to be a winnable election, but the politician still maintains a national fundraising network that could score incredible summs of money for candidates, super PACs and party committees.
Romney participated in a three-day summit last month in Utah that featured Republican fundraisers, a handful of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates and even some high-profile Democratic strategists.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party seized on news of Romney’s August appearance to launch its own fundraising appeal.
“It didn’t take long for Republicans to abandon their pledge to rebrand after a disastrous 2012 election,” the state party wrote in a message asking supporters to donate $12.
“New Hampshire Republicans are bringing back their standard bearer – Mitt Romney – and his infamous 47 percent comments for an exclusive fundraiser on Lake Winnipesaukee this summer. ”
A few days ago the politician donated $5,200 to Paul Rayan’s re-election campaign for Congress, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
“Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman from Wisconsin, also received donations from Romney campaign aides Beth Myers, who handled the vice presidential selection process, and Spencer Zwick, the GOP campaign’s fundraising chief,” USA Today reports.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan hit it off when they campaigned together for the presidential election last year, and their rapport was apparent whenever they were together during the race 2012. Romney repeatedly praised Ryan’s “character and judgment.”