A “Ready for Romney” political action committee announced its formation over the weekend, paving the way should Mitt Romney make another bid for president — but even some of the two-time candidate’s advisers don’t know who’s behind it.
The committee is the latest entry in what’s become a crowded field of PAC stalking horses, joining ones that have formed to boost former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Dr. Ben Carson.
But the unauthorized nature of Ready for Romney underscores the murky nature of the situation, where PACs can form to recruit candidates even if they say they don’t have an interest in running.
The calls for Mr. Romney to take a third stab at the presidency have been picking up in some GOP circles, boosted by polls that show the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee is running in front of the field of likely contenders.
Political analysts say some of the pro-candidate committees are unauthorized efforts ostensibly to recruit someone into the race, while others appear to have the blessing of a potential candidate, including Ready for Hillary and RAND PAC.
“Some of them are communication apparatus[es] that serve as a placeholder for an actual campaign,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist.