September 10th, 2007
03:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Presidential candidate's headquarters burglarized

Romney's Boston headquarters was burglarized over the weekend.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A television and eight laptop computers were stolen from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign headquarters, according to a Boston Police official.

The break-in took place late Sunday night or early Monday morning, campaign spokesman Kevin Madden told CNN

“We won’t comment on anything past that because it is a police investigation,” Madden said. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor now seeking the GOP presidential nomination, main political headquarters is located at 585 Commercial Street. The intruders entered through a third floor window. The building does have 24 hour security and police are now interviewing people on the scene.

It is the second burglary in recent weeks of a presidential hopeful’s office. Sen. Chris Dodd’s, D-Connecticut, Senate office in Hartford was broken into and police have since charged a homeless man with that crime.

- CNN’s Dan Lothian and Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. roger, conway sc

    smells funky...probably an inside or all of his 5 sons "just serving their country" the best way that they know

    September 10, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Rabid Rupublicans have no shame.
    they are true believers in a "jihad" against modernism and progressivism.
    Therefore they will come on here and say and do anything including accusing their favorite bogeyman, Hillary Clinton.
    I'd really rather not have Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton for a quarter of century but I'd vote Hillary over any of these shameless republican pukes very easily.
    We cannot afford the continuation of this present disaster.

    September 10, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. andrew s rostolder hillsdale nj.

    cary-lowell IN.
    you are a jerk,,,, the only break ins are done by the other guys..

    September 10, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Ted, Long Beach, CA

    Roger this is Mitt Romney we are talking about not Al Gore kid...

    September 10, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Coach Haughton

    You guys may be looking at this all wrong.
    1)If this incident had anything to do with another canditate Is it not more likely to be somebody he is running against right now? The democrats would target eachother, Giuliani or Thompson.

    2)What a good way to get your name in the news, Dodd and Romney both had breakins, both are starving for media attention. Just a thought.


    4) Vote Obama

    September 10, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    The comments regarding the break-in would be hilariously funny, if the people weren't being serious. The fact remains that the first campaign Karl Rove worked on – he planted a bug in his own office and then blamed the other side for it. The facts are what they are. Republicans have been altering the facts for so long now; they will say and/or do anything to win an election.

    When people are so one-sided in their political feelings, like most Republicans I know, you can't even have a conversation with them. They have their minds made up before they have any facts. It is truly sad.

    September 10, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Greenville, NC

    You people should be ashamed! this is bad no matter who it is and we should all feel that justice be certain in this case as with any other unlawful break in!

    September 10, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. spraynardkruger

    It isn't like he couldn't pay for new equipment. The guy is only leading the polls because he can toss millions into advertising from his personal fortune.

    September 10, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Jeff, Keller, Texas, USA

    I wonder if the guys were wearing suits, taped the door lock open, or left any bugs 🙂

    September 10, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    Both Clinton and Dodd have had campaign offices broken into and that was posted on this ticker. So, does that mean it is 2 points for the right and 1 for the left? Come on people, why does it have to be a conspiracy? Don't you think it is more likely that it was a true burglary or some kids playing around then another campaign? I think so.

    September 10, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Matt, Paris, Illinois

    QUOTE: "doesn't surprise me, especially if this is found to be done by the liberal left. They'll stoop to anything to make a gain."

    That's nice, Cary. You know it was Karl Rove who planted bugging devices in his own office and claimed Democrats were spying on him, right? Or how he once stole stationery from a Dem candidate and used it to advertise "free booze and women" at homeless shelters? You knew about that right?

    The Right Wing Nut Jobs will do anything to make a gain.

    In seriousness, there's probably nothing political about this.

    September 10, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Barry White, Des Moines, IA

    It is another Karl Rove trick to set this up and blame democrats and especially Hillary. Democrats and Hillary in particular are not that stupid to break into their rival who is in the last place in polls. They have nothing to gain. It is just like swift boat attack! But, americans are not that stupid this time to fall into that trap.

    September 10, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Alisa S. , Dover, ME.

    if Romney doesn't have a chance at being Repubican nominee, why would someone steal his personal information? who would have a motive other than Clinton's fringe? Why would you risk stealing info and high tech equipment from a Presidential candidate's office when you can burgle someone's house with less security? This has the Clintons' MO all over it.

    September 10, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. P. Alish , La Canada, Ca.

    Let's faceit, they're desperate. This is the Clinton's last gasp. If America decides to go conservative for another eight years, Hilary will NEVER be President. They have nothing to lose by orchestrating these blatant hits. They feel threatened by the success in Iraq, it doesn't bode well for the liberal agenda, does it? Bottom line, Clintons are VERY motivated, and Id look at them first..

    September 10, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. T. Uribe, Santa Fe, NM

    Who stole Romney's laptop? With the impending investigation of Norman Hsu's illegal network of campaign contributions pointly squarely at Hillary Clinton, I wouldn't put it past them.

    September 10, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    I hope that all the comments suggesting that the Democrats, and in particular Hillary, might have done the deed are just joking.

    Right? Right????

    September 10, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. RB

    Sure Cary, it's easy to blame the left, but they would know any information is obsolete anyway, since Mitt changes his mind evertime he changes his socks.

    Sounds like an inside job, but Rove could never make it up to a third floor window.

    September 10, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Coach Haughton

    Republicans making accusation, jumping to conclusion with no visual evidence.
    Go figure.

    September 10, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. mike ottawa, il.

    Smells like Karl Rove to me.

    September 10, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Mo, Chicago IL

    Why would it be the Dems? We're still in the primaries here.

    And don't forget, Watergate was completed by Republicans. So the natural place to look would be back at them again.

    September 10, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. rob

    Maybe the laptops escaped under their own power, feeling repulsed and nauseated by the work they were forced to do.

    September 10, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Dan Matthews

    The liberals do not steal, it was probably Giuliani supporters

    September 10, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Linda Vaitkus, Quincy MA

    Isn't that apropos? On every level in MA politics this seems to be protocol. Mayor Phelan of Quincy had his office ransacked his first day on the job. This is about as annoying a high school antic as the DoD losing all their armament exchange records. Come on.... :-\

    September 10, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Hemry Miller, Cary, NC

    "Modernism and progressivism"?

    Is that what they're calling socialism and communism these days?

    But Lee of Mays Landing is right about one thing: we cannot afford the continuation of this present disaster. So far as I can tell, the only way to avoid that is to elect Ron Paul–both the run-of-the-mill Republicans and all the Democrats seem to be devoted to the principle that the first rule of government of the people, by the people, and for the people is screw the people.

    September 10, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Brad, Columbia, SC

    Wow... anything else we want to accuse Hillary Clinton/Democrats/Karl Rove/the Romney kids of while we're at it? Who needs evidence when speculation is oh so much more satisfying?

    I think an old lady just got her purse stolen...

    Come on, everyone, simmer down...

    September 10, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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