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If Mitt Romney is headed to Park City, he hasn’t told many people

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

If Mitt Romney is headed to Park City this weekend, he has not told many people.

The Republican presidential hopeful is scheduled to visit Utah to take part in a celebration marking the tenth anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics. There has been speculation that Romney will spend some time in Park City during the trip.

But by Tuesday morning Republicans in Summit County had not been notified whether he will make a local stop. Law enforcement agencies in Park City and Summit County by then also had not been contacted.

Romney is scheduled to be in Utah on Saturday, as Salt Lake City holds its anniversary bash. Romney led the Salt Lake Organizing Committee that put on the Games. He is widely credited with leading a successful Olympics and navigating the organizing committee through the aftermath of the bid scandal. Park City, which hosted upward of half of the sporting events in 2002, held its celebration marking the anniversary in early February.

Romney was a Park City homeowner during the Olympic era and spent a significant amount of time locally then. He sold the house afterward, but he still is seen as having ties to the community.

Henry Glasheen, the chairman of the Summit County Republican Party, said he anticipates Romney will visit the Park City area while he is in the state. He said, though, the "likelihood of anything public (is) almost zero."

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"I think he’ll pop up here, but I don’t know where," Glasheen said, adding, "Park City to him is sort of a near-and-dear thing. He lived here for a while . . . has a lot of friends up here."

A Republican National Committeeman who lives in Park City, Bruce Hough, said he had not heard that Romney would be making a local visit this week. He said Romney will primarily be in Utah for the Olympic anniversary.

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds and Wade Carpenter, the police chief in Park City, said their respective agencies had not been contacted by midmorning on Tuesday. Both of the agencies would be expected to assist in the protection of Romney if he visits the Park City area.

Romney likely still enjoys widespread popularity in Park City and Summit County from his days leading the Olympics. During his campaign for the Republican White House nomination in 2008, Romney won more than four times the number of votes in Summit County as John McCain, the eventual nominee.

A Romney visit would come a week before another high-profile Republican is anticipated in Park City. The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Park City on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, including a $15,000-per-couple reception and dinner at the Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons. Congressmen Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Texas Congressman Pete Sessions are scheduled to appear alongside Priebus at the GOP event at Canyons.