Visiting Washington this weekend, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday told some of his top donors and senior-level campaign staff that he's not going anywhere.
“We lost, but I’m not going away,” Romney said, according to a person who attended the meeting and relayed the remarks to Politico. “I will continue to help.”
The source also said Romney had been laying low deliberately after the election.
“[Romney] explained that he had been out of the news and that was purposeful,” said the source in the room. “He didn’t want to say something on the fiscal cliff and have the president use that as a wedge between the speaker and the minority leader… He said it wasn’t going to last for long and that he was going to come back and start talking about the things that matter to him.”
Individuals in the group thanked Romney for running and more than one Mormon backer praised Romney for showing their faith in another light.
The former Massachsuetts governor and his wife, Ann Romney, will attend a reception held in their honor tonight. On Friday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told his followers on Twitter that he had a "great lunch" with the Romneys.