Democrats on guest list for Romney event
April 23rd, 2013
01:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Democrats on guest list for Romney event

(CNN) – Some high-profile Democrats are heading to Park City, Utah this summer to attend a policy retreat held by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

According to the guest list, obtained by CNN from a source close to Romney, former senior adviser to President Obama's re-election campaign, David Axelrod, and outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are among those expected to attend.

"As our June gathering approaches, I wanted to give you an update on some of the people who will be addressing us," Romney wrote in the email. "I have drawn speakers from government and business to identify key opportunities ahead. And I have made sure to invite presenters from both sides of the aisle."

As CNN previously reported, Romney's former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey are also scheduled to appear at the event.

Others include Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Founder of Sun Microsystems Scott McNealy, and Harvard Business School Clayton M. Christensen.

In a previous email to invitees last month, Romney said Solamere Group, the private equity firm founded by his son Tagg and where Romney now serves as a chairman, will help sponsor the gathering.

Romney hosted a major retreat for approximately 700 donors last summer in Park City, featuring speeches by many of his top campaign staff and prospective vice presidential picks.

At a major gathering last month for conservatives-where Romney made his first public speech following his election loss in November-the former Massachusetts governor expressed intent on staying engaged in public policy.

"I am sorry that I will not be your president," he said. "But I will be your co-worker, and I will work shoulder-to-shoulder alongside you."

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: David Axelrod • Mitt Romney • Utah
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Brian

    The problem is the Republicans have no honor or judgement nor care for 98% of Americans.

    April 24, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  2. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Romney had to invite two high profile Democrats because even he recognizes that the rest of the Republican Party is populated by a bunch of loons!

    April 24, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. dody 2

    It makes you wonder if you can trust anyone that attends. This is not about bipartisinship but how you can profit from the masses.

    April 24, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. watabumer

    I was a republican until they started insulting everyone with their one sided views.any thIng republican is not intended to help the common man.

    April 24, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  5. North Dallas Don

    Perhaps Mitt Romney is a decent man. However, he failed to maintain a hold on his principles. He let the Tea Party and neo-Cons negatively affect him and he lost the election as a result. Furthermore, he never showed a hint of empathy toward the sufferings of the common American worker.

    April 24, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  6. sally-ann

    Romney is going democratic.

    April 24, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  7. Jerry

    Too bad the American populace made the wrong choice during the last election. Mr. Romney would definitely have been the best choice for América's future. I am hopeful América, in the future, does not make the same mistake three times in a row.

    Hint, hint. Say NO to Hypocritical Hillary!!! Dang! Believe it or not, I am a life-long Democrat!

    April 24, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
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