Romney, Boehner, Bush to address Republican Jewish leaders

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Mitt Romney, John Boehner and George W. Bush will be among the guests at this year’s Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting.

Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 who briefly considered a run this year, was announced as a speaker Wednesday by the Republican Jewish Coalition, or RJC.

The RJC conference, to be held in Las Vegas from April 24-26, also will include Bush, the former president, and Rep. Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, whose invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress next month has roiled Washington.

The RJC is running an online petition drive supporting Netanyahu’s speech, in the face of complaints from Democrats and the White House that Boehner did not consult before issuing the invitation.

The Bush and Romney talks will be closed to the media.

The Washington Examiner reported that a number of likely presidential candidates will attend, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.