Romney bringing 2016 presidential hopefuls, donors to Deer Valley

by - March 26, 2013

ormer presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to be stepping up his post-election involvement in Republican Party politics by hosting a Deer Valley retreat this summer that will bring together big-money donors and potential 2016 contenders.

"It would suggest he wants to remain a power broker and to remain influential," said Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "It seems like he has a real interest in trying to help guide the party through a time of difficulty and soul-searching."

Romney has stayed out of the public eye since his November loss, giving his first speech since then earlier this month to the Conservative Political Action Conference. There, the former Utah Olympic leader said that "as someone who just lost the last election, I'm probably not the best person to chart the course of the next election."

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