Updated at 3:45 p.m.
Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) did not speak to reporters when lunching with former supporters in D.C. today. However, Politico reports that Romney told the group he would continue to help Republican candidates, from the 2013 gubernatorial elections through to the 2016 presidential race.
“We lost, but I’m not going away,” he said. Romney has all but disappeared since the election ended. When he comes up in political discussions, it is usually in a less-than-flattering context. Now he is promising “to come back and start talking about the things that matter to him,” although his wife has said he will not run for president again.
The celebratory luncheon was hosted by top campaign fundraisers Bill Marriott Jr. and Catherine Reynolds at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in D.C. Ann Romney also spoke. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) attended.
After the 2012 election, Romney rejoined Marriott’s board of directors.
“We email. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve actually spoken, but we email quite a bit with each other,” Ryan told the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.
The congressman attended President Obama’s second inauguration; Romney was in California.
CNN reports that the Romneys are also expected to attend Saturday night’s dinner at the Alfalfa Club, an annual black-tie affair where power brokers crack jokes. Both Obama and former president George W. Bush attended in 2012.
As The Fix notes, Romney hasn’t really disappeared, despite keeping a very low profile since the election.