Romney stokes speculation he’s weighing another political run

Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney adviser and political gatekeeper, said he’d been inundated with appeals from Republican candidates asking the former GOP nominee to help them. Last week, Romney held his first fundraiser for a 2018 hopeful, an event benefiting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been fiercely critical of the president. Over the coming days, Romney is also expected to release arobo-call boosting Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who has been losing ground in a high-stakes June 20 special House election she had once been favored to win.

“All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator — it’s like he’s a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by,” said Zwick, who doubles as a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan. “There are only so many people in the party that can headline these things.”

While those gathered at the E2 Summit hiked, participated in yoga sessions, and listened to talks from business and political leaders at the posh Stein Eriksen Lodge, Romney plotted how to help the GOP in the coming election.