Media Attack Romney For Real Estate Buys

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

After being defeated by President Barack Obama in 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to have gone on a real estate spree — building two large homes and purchasing a third.

The media are using his latest purchases to criticize him as privileged and insensitive. Few will be surprised if Hillary Clinton and husband Bill escape this sort of scrutiny. The Boston Globe reports:

Romney, whose last presidential bid was hampered by his image of excessive privilege and insensitivity, may recognize the trouble his real estate holdings could cause in another campaign.

He is taking steps to shed some of his property, including retaining a broker who is currently showing the La Jolla home to potential buyers, according to a Romney aide. The aide would not disclose the asking price or explain why the former Massachusetts governor and his wife, Ann, want to sell the home after more than four years of city permitting, hearings, and construction.

In all, Romney has four homes. All of them are at least twice as large as the average home in the United States. They contain spas and hot tubs, and garages to hold up to four cars. They’ve built kitchens and dining rooms large enough to accommodate their large, sprawling family (5 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, and 23 grandchildren and counting).