In case you missed it: As other candidates soar in the polls, these are the stories Mitt Romney woke up to over the past two days. Enjoy!
San Diego Union-Tribune // Christopher Cadelago
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, scheduled to attend a series of fundraisers this weekend in San Diego, is also working on plans to nearly quadruple the size of his $12 million oceanfront manse in La Jolla. Tentative plans call for new retaining walls and a relocated driveway, but would retain the existing lap pool and spa. Constructed in 1936, the three-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home was among the first built in the Barber tract neighborhood, according to the La Jolla Historical Society, and has a stretch of lawn sloping to the white sand beach. The home was once owned by former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor and her late husband, Bob Peterson, founder of Jack-in-the-Box. The landmark Philip Barber house to the south was once owned by actor Cliff Robertson.
How badly does Mitt Romney want to be president? Not badly enough. In case you haven't heard, Romney decided now would be a swell time to apply for a permit to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot ocean-front house in California in order to build a 11,062-square-foot mansion in its place. I did not read this in The Onion, but in the Boston Globe and Washington Post. Indeed, a spokesman confirmed that Romney's large family requires more space, stating that they decided to enlarge their two-bedroom house in La Jolla so that "with five married sons and 16 grandchildren it is inadequate for their needs." I love a close family, and who wouldn't want to have a place on the ocean for large family gatherings? But this is a man worth more than $200 million who wants to be president in 2012 in a terrible economy with nearly 20 percent of the country underemployed and unable to make ends meet. Is this a joke? Did Romney, who sought to streamline his lavish real estate holdings by selling off property in Deer Valley, Utah, and Belmont, Mass., in preparation for his second presidential run actually think that people wouldn't notice his decision to create a palatial spread overlooking the ocean in one the country's wealthiest communities?
NPR // Frank James
Fortunately for Mitt Romney, there are a fair number of Republican voters who will understand immediately his desire to knock down his $12 million La Jolla, Calif. beach house in order to build something more three times its size, as reported by the San Diego Union Tribune. Coming fresh on the heels of his "Corporations are people, my friend" response to a heckler in Iowa, the news about the house is probably not what his image makers were hoping for, to say the least. The public perception of Romney was already that of a super wealthy candidate lacking the common touch, who indeed is viewed sometimes as out of touch. And he is definitely superrich. He spent $42.3 million on his failed presidential bid in 2008. He also owns another home, a $10 million spread on a New Hampshire lake. The news about the Romney teardown will only confirm that sense of the former Massachusetts governor that many voters have, that of a very rich former corporate chieftain.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Southern California mansion is slated for a substantial upgrade. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Romney has filed an application to bulldoze the existing one-story, 3,009-square-foot home and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. If you're having trouble picturing just how much space 11,062 square feet is, Vanity Fair has compiled a tongue-in-cheek list of "large things that could fit inside Mitt Romney's new house." Among them: the Memphis-area Rent-a-Car Facility, or, for a zoological comparison, the world's largest whale. Romney, who this month disclosed a net worth of between $190 million and $250 million, also owns a town home near Boston and a lakefront compound on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, valued at about $8 million. The Times' Maeve Reston reported in July that the Romneys have steadily made additions and improvements to the New Hampshire property since its purchase in 1997, including adding tennis courts, a $250,000 boat house and additional bedrooms.
TPM // Evan McMorris Santoro
Breaking: Mitt Romney is richer than you. For at least the second time since announcing his latest bid for the White House, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has reminded the public of how much wealthier he is than them in a way that doesn't exactly win the award for campaign optics. The first time, the millionaire Romney declared himself 'also unemployed' to a crowd of jobless people. This time the reminder that Romney's richer than you was more subtle. Just slightly. The San Diego Union-Tribune broke the story of Romney's California plans this weekend: Romney has filed an application with the city to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home at 311 Dunemere Dr. and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. No date has been set to consider the proposed coastal development and site development permits, which must be approved by the city. The campaign told reporters this weekend that work on the project won't begin until after next year's presidential election. That's probably a smart move politically, given the public reaction to the last GOP nominee's real estate holdings.
Daily Kos // David Waldman
The rich are weird different. Romney has filed an application with the city to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home at 311 Dunemere Dr. and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. I was going to bulldoze one of my $12 million oceanfront manses, too, but I've recently kicked that habit. But Romney, who is not weird, has good reason to totally demolish one of his multimillion dollar homes. This is indeed a conundrum. So confusing, in fact, that the Romneys and their representatives are unable to keep count of how many bedrooms the home has from minute to minute. At last report, they were lost somewhere between the numbers "two" and "three," as the same linked article notes: In the confusion over whether this particular house has two bedrooms or three, the Romneys apparently also became confused about the sheer volume of married sons and grandchildren they had, which accounts for their sudden and somewhat-too-late realization that the home they purchased three years ago was inadequate to their needs. I'm unable to discern from published accounts just how many of those five married sons and 16 grandchildren materialized only during the past three years since the purchase, though one imagines the number must be substantial.
Mitt Romney is looking to quadruple the size of his $12 million California home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The GOP presidential candidate has filed an application with the San Diego government to bulldoze the 3,009-square-foot beachfront house in La Jolla and replace it with a 11,062-square-foot property. According to a campaign official, "They want to enlarge their two bedroom home because with five married sons and 16 grandchildren it is inadequate for their needs. “In addition to the California house and a townhouse outside of Boston, which is their official primary residence, the Romneys own a $10 million vacation home on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. In 2009, they sold the 6,400-square-foot colonial in Belmont, Mass. where they raised their five sons for $3.5 million and their 9,500-square-foot Deer Valley, Utah ski lodge for close to $5.25 million.
Vanity Fair // Juli Weiner
The Huffington Post reports that uniquely unlikeable presidential candidate Mitt Romney “has filed an application with the San Diego government to bulldoze [his $12 million] 3,009-square-foot beachfront house in La Jolla, California, and replace it with a 11,062-square-foot property.” What sorts of things could Romney fit inside his new house? Tons of things, it turns out.
The Memphis-area Enterprise-Rent-A-Car facility
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who has criticized President Barack Obama for taking a nine-day vacation at a time of high unemployment, filed for permits to almost quadruple the size of his oceanfront home in La Jolla, California. The former Massachusetts governor and his wife bought the house three years ago for $12 million. They want to knock down the one-story, 3,009-square-foot home overlooking the Pacific Ocean and replace it with an 11,062-square foot place in its stead, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Romney says he needs a bigger place to have room for his five sons, their wives and his 16 grandchildren. The Union Tribune said the plans would keep the house’s existing pool and spa.
Seattle Post Intelligencer// Joel Connelly
Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who recently described himself as “also unemployed,” has filed an application to tear down his 3,009-square foot oceanfront home in La Jolla, California. In its place, after the 2012 election, will rise a two-story, 11,062-square foot house, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The Republican presidential frontrunner’s recent Federal Election Commission filing indicates Romney could be worth as much as $265 million. The Romney campaign pegged the range of his worth at slightly lower, or as much as $249 million.
Boston Herald // Brendan Lynch
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is more than tripling the size of his $12 million San Diego area oceanfront mansion. According to a report in the San Diego Union Tribune, Romney has submitted a request to raze his one-floor, 3,000-square-foot La Jolla home and replace it with a two-story, 11,000-square-foot one. Romney bought the house in 2008, the same year Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain couldn’t answer a reporter’s question about how many homes he owned, which brought media scrutiny. Two years later, Romney sold his Belmont home for $3.5 million. The Herald reported in 2010 that Romney used his son Tagg’s Belmont home as an address to vote in the December 2009 special election primary that nominated the eventual winner, Sen. Scott Brown, to run against primary challenger Martha Coakley.
NY Times// Ashley Parker
Mitt Romney has never claimed to be a middle-class man of the people. But the news that he is planning to quadruple the size of his $12 million oceanfront property in La Jolla, Calif., first reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday evening, came at a particularly awkward time. Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, had spent much of the previous week on the campaign trail criticizing President Obama for vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard when many Americans are still out of work.
Wash Post// Philip Rucker
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning to nearly quadruple the size of his $12 million California beachfront mansion. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the nominal front-runner for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, is planning to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot home facing the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, Calif., and replace it with an 11,062-square-foot home, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Since then, perhaps sensing that the issue could be a liability for him, too, Romney began consolidating his real estate portfolio. Romney and his wife, Ann, sold for $3.5 million the 6,500-square-foot colonial home in Belmont, Mass., where they raised their sons. They also sold a 9,500-square-foot home at the Deer Valley ski resort near Park City, Utah, for close to its $5.25 million asking price, according to a 2010 Associated Press report.
Boston Globe // Glen Johnson
Mitt Romney is currently in San Diego, attending a series of fund-raisers near his western - and soon-to-be expanded - home. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Republican presidential contender wants to quadruple the size of his house overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “Romney has filed an application with the city to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home at 311 Dunemere Drive and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure,” the newspaper reported yesterday. We’ve previously reported about Romney’s efforts to streamline his real estate portfolio in the aftermath of the 2008 campaign, when then-GOP presidential nominee John McCain was mocked for being unsure about how many houses he and his wife owned. Romney still owns three - a townhouse in Belmont, Mass.; a vacation home in Wolfeboro, N.H.; and the oceanfront home in La Jolla, Calif. - but the square footage had dropped significantly from 2008.
USA Today// Jackie Kucinich
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney filed permits to expand his 3,009-square-foot, $12 million beach house in La Jolla, Calif, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. The permits, if approved, would allow the Romneys to level the one-story building and build a two-story, 11,062-square-foot home its place - nearly quadrupling its size. The Romneys purchased the house three years ago, according to the San Diego Union Tribune report. The Post notes the Romneys also maintain a vacation home in New Hampshire and a townhouse in Boston.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to nearly quadruple the size of his $12 million oceanfront mansion in La Jolla. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/nIPLz1 ) that the former Massachusetts governor has filed an application to demolish his roughly 3,000-square-foot, single-story house and replace it with a two-story, 11,000-square-foot residence. The existing, Spanish-style house was built in 1936, has three bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms, a lap pool and spa.