Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will formally announce his 2012 bid for president June 2 in New Hampshire, sources confirmed Thursday evening to Roll Call.
Romney’s pending announcement is anything but a surprise. The Republican, who ran for president in 2008, has been actively raising money since forming his exploratory committee last month and has in fact been positioning himself for a second White House campaign for the past three years.
Sources confirmed to Roll Call the details of the announcement, which were first reported by the Union Leader newspaper Thursday. The announcement will be made at an afternoon barbecue at the Stratham, N.H., farm of Republicans Doug and Stella Scamman, according to the Manchester, N.H., newspaper.
The Scammans, who have both served in the state House, have previously hosted political events for President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dan Quayle, former Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) and other prominent Republicans.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.