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Mitt Romney to visit Bay Area next week

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in the Bay Area next week as part of a California fundraising barnstorm, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mitt Romney @ GOP Debate 6-13-11 (AP Photo)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.

McNealy, 56, described himself to the Chronicle in 2003 as “a libertarian” and told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year that Silicon Valley’s job-creation issues come from afar.

“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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.