The Times says it obtained a campaign memo indicating the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential primary candidate will hit Sacramento, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire next Tuesday through Thursday. Among the stops is barbecue Tuesday at the Portola Valley home of Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, for which tickets will cost from $1,000 to $10,000.
Romney makes the fundraising sweep as he comes off what was generally seen as a solid performance this past Monday night at the first GOP primary debate in New Hampshire; the presumptive frontrunner – based on fundraising and name recognition – seemed to emerge largely unscathed, as his rivals aimed their fire instead at President Obama.
“It’s the overhead and the overhang, the clouds brought in by Sacramento and Washington, D.C., the regulations, the deficit and the misallocation of resources. It’s all of those things. Obviously, I’m a believer in the private sector and in personal responsibility,” he said. “The biggest issues with the Valley are local, state and federal governmental overreach and overregulation. It’s over-pensioned, over-unionized and over the top.”