A brief summary of a summer Romney retreat in Utah

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

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16 comments Add your comment

ProgressivePeach

June 25th, 2012
1:58 pm

Frightening to learn of the plutocrats who attended this event just from tracking private jet tail numbers: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/24/1102774/-Attending-Romney-s-Palooza-Flight-Tracker-Reveals

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
2:00 pm

I challenge anyone to say the words “Vice President,” followed by “bobby jindal,” “or “tim pawlenty,” or “bob mcdonnell,” and not break into uncontrollable laughter.

I challenge anyone to say the words “Vice President,” followed by “jeb bush,” or “paul ryan,” or “condi rice,” and not fear for your country.

yellowdog

June 25th, 2012
2:09 pm

truer words never spoken

Kris

June 25th, 2012
2:16 pm

Auntie Christ ….

Amen and laughing my A$$ off

O.L.Y.

June 25th, 2012
2:17 pm

I challenge anyone to read anything written by Auntie Christ and not break into uncontrollable laughter AND also not fear for your country.

honested

June 25th, 2012
2:38 pm

A lot of money and time spent to decide who is in second place on the Second Place Ticket.

td

June 25th, 2012
2:45 pm

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
2:00 pm

I laugh uncontrollably every time I think about VP Biden. Can you really say with a straight face that Biden is not a bigger joke then all the names you listed? I am scared to death every time I hear President Obama. Obama is one of the weakest Presidents this country has seen in 100 years and has no negotiation skills at all.

GaBlue

June 25th, 2012
2:45 pm

I LOVE Park City! Can I go? Please please please? Oh wait… wrong time of year. I want to go for spring skiing. March is perfect! Leave the politics at home, so as not to ruin a good time. Wooo-HOOOOO!

logic

June 25th, 2012
2:46 pm

Somebody please show me the map where Romney wins the electoral college… it doesn’t exist without a radical change in the polling. #Fact

Georgia Native

June 25th, 2012
2:56 pm

So true, honested!!

Auntie Christ, I don’t think I could stand to look at any of those guys on a regular basis for 4 years. Pawlenty reminds me of a little puppy jumping around and wagging his tail – please like me, please like me. McDonnell looks and acts like a used car salesman. Jindal is just weird.

Bob Loblaw

June 25th, 2012
2:58 pm

Feels like ‘96 when nobody wanted to be Dole’s VP and Kemp took one for the team.

td

June 25th, 2012
3:15 pm

logic

June 25th, 2012
2:46 pm

Really? If you use the real clear politics map. It says that currently Obama has 221 and Romney has 170. They have the following as toss up states with the following votes. All the toss up states are listed as within 4 points in the polls:

FL- 29
NC- 15
VA- 13
NH- 4
OH- 18
MI- 16
WI- 10
IA- 6
MO- 10
CO- 9
AZ- 11
NV- 6

FL, NC, VA, OH, MI, WI equals 101 and puts Romney over the top.
You take MI out and put in AZ and Romney wins by 2 votes.
You take AZ out and put in CO and NH and Romney by 3 votes.

Romney must carry FL, NC, VA and OH to get him to the 75 and then he has to win a combination of 11 out of the remaining 8 states.

Now just think if Romney won the big 4 and took NH and IA or NV. This would make it exactly 270 to 270 and throw the race to the House of Representatives.

catlady

June 25th, 2012
3:42 pm

Antie Christ: How about “Vice President Tom Graves?”! I cannot breathe I am laughing so hard.

honested

June 25th, 2012
4:23 pm

td,

If you used the RCP map you would be faced with the FACT it is entirely biased toward repugs and puts any weight at all on rasmussens traditionally biased and wholly inaccurate results.
Compare it to say the HP electoral map and find a spot in the middle.

Bingo, Obama wins and you guys go on whining for another 4 years.

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
4:27 pm

“I laugh uncontrollably every time I think about VP Biden.” You’re a lucky man td, you’ve got another 4 years of laughter to look forward to. As for the progressives, we’ll share your mirth when orange man goes back to being the minority leader of the house, rather than speaker. Then he’ll really cry. Had the consequences for our country not been so tragic, I would say that no joke could top the one that was gw bush and the dick, cheney regime.

“Obama is one of the weakest Presidents this country has seen in 100 years and has no negotiation skills at all.” You mistake naivete for weakness. Like many, he ignored recent history and was so naive as to think that the republican leadership would put our country’s well being above their own perverted, partisan self interest. He didn’t realize you cannot negotiate with fanatics who would see the entire country suffer just to ensure Obama looked bad. He will not be so naive over the four years, and the country has seen enough, so that the right wing can kiss their house majority goodbye.

And finally, whatever you think of Biden, he hasn’t shot anyone in the face.

S

June 26th, 2012
4:16 am

OH yes, very impressive party if you like bought and paid for Politician’s, such as Romney and Ilk. Just what we need for a President, hides money offshore, so patriotic of him don’t you think, and owing to the very wealthiest this country has to offer. His wealthy friends aren’t giving him all that money just out of the kindest of their hearts, Romney will be owing the wealthy big time.