October 11th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Mitt Romney gets his car elevator

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cleared a final hurdle Friday in building a new house in California, a house that will include a four-car garage with an elevator for the vehicles.

Romney had already gotten zoning permission from the city of San Diego to demolish the 3,100 square foot home he owns in the La Jolla neighborhood and erect an 11,000 square foot mansion in its place. Plans for the home were put on hold until after the 2012 election.

A neighbor had appealed the city's decision to the California Coastal Commission. He argued in commission filings that the new home would have exceeded zoning limits that say square footage cannot exceed a certain calculation based on acreage of the plot of land the house sits on.

The Coastal Commission rejected that appeal Friday. Barring a lawsuit, construction can now move forward, according to commission spokesperson Sarah Christie.

Romney, the multimillionaire former governor of Massachusetts, drew significant heat from his opponents during the 2012 election for his wealth. They charged that Romney's estimated $250 million fortune put him out of touch with average Americans and a car elevator crystallized that message for many.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. strugglewithgluten

    NO, no, no....good ole mitt isn't out of touch with the average american. I mean, who doens't have a car elevator? I personally have 3 of them so if this is mitt's first one, well heck, welcome to the car elevator club. Too bad he wasn't elected president. He would have represented the middle class so darn well. I recently knocked down my 5×5 tree hut to build a 25×25 tree hut.......lol, y'know, it's just so hard to gain respect when you're as wealthy as we are!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. CommonSense

    Who really cares what Romney buys with his money? Had he been elected president, we wouldn't be in a Government shutdown. If one knows business and he obviously does, the Federal budget may actually become solvent in our lifetime.

    October 11, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. mountainlady

    Nice try but money has been buying off Planning and Zoning Commissions since we first started having them. Some things never change.

    October 11, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  4. Mike Ryan

    Yet more proof that rules do not apply to the wealthy. What is the point of even having zoning regulations if they can be ignored if you have the cash?

    October 12, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  5. Nate

    Who. Cares.

    October 12, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. jon

    Geez, another government guy who is just like us.

    October 12, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. MiBigAl

    Who says Mitt the Twit is out of touch? Look, he has already created a minimum wage job for some unemployed elevator operator. I wonder how much it cost him to buy off the California Coastal Commission. More of that trickle down economics at work.

    October 12, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  8. Anonymous

    What? Why did anyone even bother to write this?

    October 12, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  9. Bob

    A little late on the draw there. I don't think anyone cares about another example about how rich Romney is. This might have been worth something a few months ago.

    October 12, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  10. Ace

    The elevator even has a toilet...

    October 12, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. James Rustle

    Democrats, how come Mitt Romney was to rich to be able to relate to the average American, thus making him a poor choice for President, but John Kerry, who could buy several of Romney, wasn't a bad choice for President?

    October 12, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. regular guy

    once again romney shows us he's not a normal guy. that's great if you're an anonymous multi-millionaire blowing his millions on expensive toys. but it sucks if you're a multi-millionaire running for president, pretending to be a common guy, while living like a prince, out of touch with reality. republicans are morons for supporting him. he clearly had no chance from the start and made a fool of himself throughout the campaign. i'll never forget how he wrote off 50% of americans as worthless bum leeches. it might be true, but if you're running for president you can't talk like that, especially on camera.

    October 12, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  13. Jerk Face

    Annnnnnddd this is why he never got my vote..

    October 12, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  14. DB

    Funny how Romney at $250 million, is out of touch, but Oprah Winfrey at well over $1 billion, understands everyday America quite well...double standard...

    October 12, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  15. feman

    He has every right to build an elevator to re-live his letdown

    October 12, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  16. joe


    October 12, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  17. Redspotz

    A car elevator doesn't strike me as such a big deal. A guy the block over from me has one: he modified the garage attic to accept the car lift. His daily driver is below, a 60s muscle car he got from his fathers estate is above. The whole project was maybe $30K, not cheap, but not impossible.

    October 12, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  18. J

    I'm sure this story doesn't sit so well with the left. Spend it, Mitt

    October 12, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  19. Bob

    Romney can now go back to stashing his money in offshore accounts.

    October 12, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. aaron


    October 12, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. mary

    Give Romney a break people...

    October 12, 2013 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  22. Big_D

    He must have been laughing and saying eat cake peasants.

    October 12, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  23. Big_D

    Because rich people are just better than us. That is why they deserve lower taxes than the middle class. The Koch brothers are better than anybody so they should pay the absolute least and be exempt from all laws and environmental protection standards, oh and Monsanto owns all the food.

    October 12, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  24. Phil B.

    Oh thank God. This poor man has suffered enough already!

    October 12, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  25. seth

    Yeah, cuz his wife has MS.

    October 12, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
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