Mitt Romney returns to Park City on Monday
Mitt Romney is expected to return to Park City next week with a group of political leaders and others for a three-day retreat in what will be the second Romney gathering in two years in Deer Valley.
The event will be held Monday through Wednesday at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Silver Lake. The gathering will feature a roster of high-caliber speakers. Media reports have indicated the speakers will include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan, who was Romney’s running mate in 2012. Democrats are also anticipated to participate.
A Stein Eriksen Lodge spokesperson said the event will not be as large as the one Romney held last year.
Romney arrived in Park City in 2012 between wrapping up the Republican presidential nomination and the Republican National Convention when formally became the party’s candidate. Upward of 700 people attended the Park City event in 2012, far more than are expected next week. Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Chateaux at Silver Lake were involved last year while only Stein Eriksen Lodge is this year.
The Secret Service was responsible for Romney’s security by the time of the 2012 gathering. There was a heavy police presence in Silver Lake Village for the event last year, including a bomb squad.
Wade Carpenter, the Park City police chief, said Friday morning the Police Department had not been contacted to assist with the security next week. The police last year assisted with the protection.
Tal Adair, the chairman of the Summit County Republican Party, said he would want the presenters next week to talk about the economy and how it affects families. Adair was not invited to the event.
"I think it’s a time for Mitt Romney to show leadership. He’s bringing together a coalition of people," Adair said.
Late in the spring, as the event next week was publicized, the then-chairman of the Utah Republican Party expected the gathering to be a significant event. Thomas Wright said at the time he anticipated potential candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination would attend. He said Romney remains important to the Republican Party and his desire to be involved after his defeat in 2012 is admirable.
Romney has a long history in Park City, dating to before the 2002 Winter Olympics, and once owned a home in the city. He was widely praised for his performance leading the organizing committee that put on the Olympics.
Romney won Summit County on Election Day, but the results were closer than they were statewide.
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