Ann Romney returns to politics
June 19th, 2013
02:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney returns to politics

(CNN) – In interviews, Ann Romney has said she and husband Mitt are finished with presidential politics. But the wife of last year's GOP presidential nominee isn't going completely quiet.

During Tuesday evening's city council meeting in San Diego, Mrs. Romney stepped to the microphone during a public comment period to voice concern over the California city's procedures for developing coastline properties.

She and Mitt Romney own a beachfront home in La Jolla they've been trying to expand for years. The revelation the proposed plans included a car elevator for the garage fueled Romney's rivals' charges the Republican was out of touch with ordinary Americans.

On Tuesday, Ann Romney – wearing glasses, khaki pants and a white shirt - spoke out against the city process requiring public notices for development projects, noting that her own permit was stalled due to inaccurate information being printed in the public notification.

"Notice defects can be problematic for transparent government and public participation, two things that Mitt and I strongly support," she read from a prepared speech, detailing several inaccurate dates that were listed in the environmental documents printed in the local newspaper.

"Even if the notice was not legally required to be published in the newspaper, a public agency making inaccurate statements in public documents can lead to the public's distrust of the process," she said.

Her remarks were sandwiched between a host of other San Diegans issuing comments and concerns during the public session. A representative of San Diego State noted football season begins in two months; two residents complained about the preponderance of marijuana use; and one woman declared San Diego a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah for rules barring public prayer, before herself launching into a long prayer for the city.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Liberlas hating again as usual. Probably hate her because she has MS.
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    Hate? Why do conservatives call the truth hate, while calling made up lies facts?

    You should really stop projecting your own hate onto others? People don't hate the Romney's. People are appalled by their blaring arrogant ignorance of the real world, and stunning disregard for others. "We're Romney, and we do as we please." What Ayn Rand fantasy are they living out?

    I pity them, which is what the Lord teaches me to do.

    June 19, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    What a witch. She gets involved because it affects her and her super rich family.
    Way to get involved ugly fish tee shirt lady.
    Is this woman running for office? If not, neither she or that twit of her should be on the political ticker . Sorts like the mutant from AK.
    @denise, thanks for reminding us that even rethugs can spell the President's name correctly.

    June 19, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Denise

    Hate her because she has MS? Really?

    June 19, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Denise

    FOX, we deride, you decide! What does Boss Hogg say about celebrities with Parkinson's?

    June 19, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Liberlas hating again as usual. Probably hate her because she has MS.
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    No, we dislike her because she is an out-of-touch, un-American aristocrat. Is that my Nazi propganda fix for the day, or can I add more?
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    Thanks for proving my point.

    June 19, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Guess

    This guy gets more tax exemptions than anyone deserves, why no tax return mittens, did the gop honestly think that would fly? then simultaniously promote a tax code that virtually eliminates taxes on the rich permanently, how could you loose with a plan like that. im amazed @ how many fell for it. no wonder the gop has no place for honesty in their endless campaigning, the truth is their biggest enemy. they do nothing but lie, yet they are still here. simply amazing

    June 19, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Denise

    I have no feelings one way or the other about the financial success of the Romneys and their sons. I just have a caveat to add, You Didn't Build That!

    June 19, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Democrats ignore truth and facts constantly. They're ignorant of that fact.

    June 19, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    @denise, a thousand pardons. Misread your post. A lot of rethugs want to remind us of the President's "funny" name at times as If we didn't already know it.

    June 19, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    California city's procedures for developing coastline properties.
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    How about devoting your time to the urban areas of California that need development Ann. You know, the 47% of us blood sucking leeches.
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    the government has poured trillions into these areas around the country and it has done no good. the people that live there need to take responsibility for their own life and town. stop demanding others do what you should be doing for yourself.
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    Your comments are beyond stupid. Since when are federal roads and research projects a local responsibility? For the record, CA gets back fewer tax dollars than it send to DC. Its the lazy red states that suck the life out of the budget and put less back than they take out, as Chris Christie put it after Hurricane Sandy struck. We pay our way, and so does Calibfornia.

    June 19, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    California city's procedures for developing coastline properties.
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    How about devoting your time to the urban areas of California that need development Ann. You know, the 47% of us blood sucking leeches.
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    The 47% blood sucking leeches need to have their life functions cease. The sooner the better so that the producers can keep more of their hard earned money.
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    Agreed. Lets start by cutting off all federal funding to Red states that take more than they send to DC. I want to keep my money in my own state.

    June 19, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Boo

    Why do conservative losers think the rest of us hate rich people and think we are envious of them? Hey conservatives, you're only projecting your own envy.

    June 19, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Rusty

    Don't forget Ann Romney was a willing participant in the abuse of the Romney family dog, Seamus.

    Grrr.

    June 19, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    Really liberal non sense because she has MS???
    My sister whom I adore has MS, and a real job!!

    June 19, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Jeff in Virginia

    It's time to deport the Romneys. They will be fine, we can just send them where they sent their money.

    June 19, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Meanwhile, forty-one percent of small businesses surveyed have frozen hiring because of the health-care law known as Obamacare. And almost one-fifth—19 percent— answered "yes" when asked if they had "reduced the number of employees you have in your business as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act.

    But hey... Ann Romney's comments in San Diego are far more important.

    June 19, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Bob

    Princess Rmoney should shut her useless trap and go have her servants go shopping for her.

    June 19, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Dutch/Bad Newz
    You're welcome Dutch.
    I don't usually respond either when it is directed at one of my posts but we have to stick together otherwise the screaming meemees will start to believe they and their multiple personalities/monikers are the "new" majority.
    United we stand babe.

    June 19, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Thomas

    If they really want to help and be involved with politics , I suggest they move back to Detroit .

    Commitment !

    We don't need there advice here in California .

    June 19, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Real Tom Paine

    Since when does this qualify as news?
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    It doesn't which is why you're reading it on CNN Tom.

    June 19, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Denise

    Marie MD......Exactly, I like to say his middle name aloud because their panties get in such a wad. They're not called dittoheads for no reason. Repeating it over and over and over and over and over, year after year after year after year, doesn't reality make! It's like coming back to your favorite soap opera after years of not watching. Nothing has changed, it's the same old plot and same people making utter fools of themselves and repeating same silly mistakes!

    June 19, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Denise

    What goes around comes around my darling Ann! Be careful in what you wish for in 47% of the vote!

    June 19, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Denise

    My favorite piece from Mitt's platform, Repeal Obamacare!!

    June 19, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Mark in Seattle

    So very happy America has the First Lady it does. Ann would have been a fraud.

    June 19, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Meanwhile, forty-one percent of small businesses surveyed have frozen hiring because of the health-care law known as Obamacare. And almost one-fifth—19 percent— answered "yes" when asked if they had "reduced the number of employees you have in your business as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act.
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    That would be the 41% of business owners who preferred to "Scrooge it out", and never offered any health coverage before. It's there own fault. If they offered decent packages to their employees, they'd get more productivity and loyalty out of the existing employees.

    WalMart is a proven example of this principle. In most businesses, your employees are the face of your company. They happier they are, they better they treat your customers, and all the better for your company. You have to give a little to get a little. Some people just don't understand that basic principle of human nature.

    June 19, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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