A report from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:
Atlanta’s Eric Tanenblatt was among about 800 supporters and donors to attend this past week’s retreat for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in Park City, Utah.
Tanenblatt, who is on Romney’s national finance team, said the retreat was part rally and part strategic planning for November. News reports said it also featured a number of potential vice presidential picks. Among the big names in attendance: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
“It was just a really impressive group of people,” Tanenblatt said. “Really, the mood was very optimistic. Given how the governor did in terms of fundraising in May, I think that sent a good signal.”
Tanenblatt also took part in a finance team session that was a “roll up your sleeves” session that included Romney himself. The campaign has set up fundraising categories, similar to George W. Bush’s Ranger and Pioneer programs. Romney’s campaign instead has Stars and Stripes.
Other Georgians at the retreat were veteran GOP activist Fred Cooper and Dabney Hollis, Romney’s state finance director.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider