Mitt Romney’s San Diego Home Will Have Car Elevators

Politico reports on the Romney’s planned home renovations:

At, they proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.

There’s also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home’s entire living quarters.

Those are just some of the amenities planned for the massive renovation of the Romneys’ home in the tony La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, according to plans on file with the city.

A project this ambitious comes with another feature you don’t always find with the typical fixer-upper: its own lobbyist, hired by Romney to push the plan through the approval process.

The Secret Service and the Romney campaign begged Politico not to publish the architectural drawings.


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16 Comments on “Mitt Romney’s San Diego Home Will Have Car Elevators”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    TPM says John Roberts “may have tipped his hand” and indicated that individual mandate can be upheld.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    This is interesting: Boehner chides Romney for criticizing the President while he’s dealing with foreign leaders.

  3. RalphB says:

    Romney’s beach house also has it’s own lobbyist to get the plans approved.

    Jamison Foser joked, “What’s the big deal about Romney wanting an elevator for his cars? They can’t use the stairs, can they?” David Waldman added, “Sometimes I like to spice things up by hitting ‘shuffle’ on my car elevator, and driving whichever one comes up.”

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Hilarious post on Romney (and other candidates) by Melissa McEwen.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Uppity Woman posted on a new book by Ani about misogyny in politics.

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  6. peggysue22 says:

    Hahaha! Great find, BB. Oh yeah, Romney is so-o-o down with the common man. Cars with their own elevators? Nice touch. And a lobbyist to make sure the job gets done.

    You can’t make this sh*t up!


  7. RalphB says:

    Pierce weighs in once again.

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  8. Minkoff Minx says:

    BB did you see this?

    Mitt Romney Vetoed Human Elevator Bill

    Mitt Romney’s home improvements have been in the news today for ill-timed plans to triple the size of his La Jolla, California home, plans that include adding a car elevator.

    His appreciation of elevators in his capacity as a private citizen didn’t show up, however, when he was Governor of Massachusetts. In particular, Romney — like many Republicans — was hostile to requirements for elevators imposed by the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA). In two items flagged by a Democratic operative, Romney vetoed legislation that would have improved elevators for the disabled.

    On June 26, 2006 Romney vetoed an improvement project with the price tag of $40,000 with his line item veto. The project would have allocated the money to Woburn Development Authority for improvements to an elevator to meet the standards set in the ADA.

    Also on that day Romney vetoed an additional $25,000 to the Braintree, Massachusetts Council on Aging. The money was again proposed to meet improvements with the ADA.

    Romney justified the cuts saying the programs along with others he vetoed “would be nice to have, but which we cannot justify paying for out of rainy day funds. A smaller number of these projects are just pure pork.”

    As Governor, Romney kept a private elevator in the statehouse locked exclusively for his personal use. The elevator became a symbol of his distance from the press and the state legislature, as veteran lawmakers complained about a lack of access to the Governor. After Romney finished his term, the elevator was reopened.