Mitt Romney gathers top advisers for campaign reunion in Utah

Mitt Romney greets supporters and accepts the win in the New Hampshire primary with his wife, Ann, and family by his side, at Southern New Hampshire University, in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Jan. 10, 2012. (Melina Mara/ The Washington Post)
Mitt Romney greets supporters and accepts the win in the New Hampshire primary with his wife, Ann, and family by his side, at Southern New Hampshire University, in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Jan. 10, 2012. (Melina Mara/ The Washington Post)

Is Mitt Romney getting the band back together?

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has invited his debate prep advisers and senior campaign aides to his mountaintop chalet in Park City, Utah, for a weekend of skiing later this month, according to two people close to Romney.

The reunion of Romney's political brain trust comes amid a burst of positive buzz about the former Massachusetts governor -- from favorable reviews of "MITT," the Netflix documentary about his campaigns, to chatter among some powerful GOP donors about another Romney presidential campaign in 2016.

But Romney has been adamant in saying he will not run for president a third time. And his aides insisted this month's reunion in Park City is not a 2016 strategy session.

"It's really informal," said a Romney aide, who requested anonymity to discuss the reunion. "The Romneys invited a few campaign friends out to Utah to ski for the weekend."

Asked if there would be any political strategizing, the aide wrote in an e-mail, "Purely recreational. No 'strategizing.'"

The reunion is expected to include some senior campaign staff and debate prep advisers, including Beth Myers, Stuart Stevens, Russ Schriefer, Bob White, Peter Flaherty, Eric Fehrnstrom, Austin Barbour, Gail Gitcho and others.

The team will gather in Park City, where Romney recently purchased a large vacation home at the Deer Valley ski resort. Romney said in a recent interview with The Washington Post that he shares the home "50-50" with a co-owner.

Romney is planning another get together this summer in Park City, where for the third straight year he will invite top political, business and policy leaders for an ideas summit. In 2012, during his campaign, the retreat included several possible vice presidential hopefuls, and in 2013, many of the GOP's leading 2016 presidential contenders attended, including Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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