Mitt Romney will return to the public stage Tuesday to raise money for New Hampshire’s Republican Party.
Romney is the headline speaker at an event near his vacation home in Wolfeboro, along Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire’s lakes region. General admission tickets are sold out, but as of Tuesday morning, it was still possible to grab a $1,500 VIP ticket.
The 2012 presidential candidate has maintained his privacy since his President Obama defeated him last November, shuffling between New Hampshire and another home in California and staying out of the spotlight.
In May, he told the Wall Street Journal that he hoped to re-emerge and “help shape national priorities.”
Behind the scenes, Romney has already been active. In June, he hosted a private political gathering in Utah that assembled major Republican fundraisers, potential 2016 candidates Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, Clinton boost Snapchat spending Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley MORE (R-Ky.), and even Democratic political adviser David Axelrod.
Romney has long been familiar to New Hampshire voters due to his tenure as the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Much of southern New Hampshire is within Boston's media market. Due to New Hampshire's early primary and swing-state status, Romney also campaigned here extensively during his presidential runs and frequently lent support to the state Republican Party and its candidates for office.