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Disheveled Mitt Romney Spotted Pumping Gas in La Jolla: PHOTO


Mitt Romney was spotted pumping gas in La Jolla, California, near one of his many homes:

"Mitt Romney at my local gas station," Reddit user mkb95 wrote. "He looks tired and washed up."

Romney's hair appears to be slightly frazzled, unlike the slicked-back coif he sported on the trail—though it's nothing like Al Gore's post-2000-election-loss beard. Other Reddit users countered that the former Massachusetts governor merely looked annoyed at having his photo taken at the pump.

"I talked to him for a good three minutes while he was filling his tank," the photographer added. "I guess he's moving to one of his houses in the town I live in, La Jolla."

In related news, Hank Plante writes for the SF Chronicle about the Romneys' plan to settle there, noting that it's a not so "red" area with many gay families:

But it is also in La Jolla where the local Democratic councilwoman was just re-elected, giving the San Diego City Council a 5-4 Democratic majority. And it is in La Jolla where the longtime Republican congressman was just beaten by a Democrat.

And it is in La Jolla where, according to the New York Times, there are six gay households within a three-block radius of the Romneys' $12 million home.

This is not to mention that La Jolla is part of the bluest of blue states, California, where Republican registration just fell below 30 percent, and where voters said "yes" to a tax increase on people just like the Romneys.

So what gives? If you are the Romneys, then why not settle in a red state where people love you? What's wrong with Alabama, Mississippi or even Utah? Simply put, when it comes down to it, Mitt and Ann Romney seem to want the same things that so many others seek in California living: a tolerant, open, environmentally beautiful place to live that we're not afraid to pay for.

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  1. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    Posted by: Guest | Nov 20, 2012 1:29:05 PM

  2. Maybe he'll go all Howard Hughes, lock himself in his room, and save his pee in jars. I can only hope.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Nov 20, 2012 2:02:05 PM

  3. Thank you for this delightful image.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 20, 2012 2:02:22 PM

  4. Thanks for linking to my SF Chronicle story, Andy!

    Posted by: Hank Plante | Nov 20, 2012 2:36:58 PM

  5. Good to see the lying egomaniac looking so defeated. It's almost as good as the picture of evil Margaret Thatcher crying when she was forced out of office by her own party in the UK in the 1990's !

    It's wonderful to see these evil, self absorbed weirdos when they are down.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 20, 2012 2:52:55 PM

  6. Pump it. Pump it real good.

    Posted by: Moot Romney | Nov 20, 2012 3:06:05 PM

  7. Where is his chaffeur?

    Posted by: simon | Nov 20, 2012 3:06:51 PM

  8. ...loser...

    Posted by: chbo | Nov 20, 2012 3:10:53 PM

  9. Why La Jolla and not one of his many other homes? I've heard he sold the place in Belmont (much to the relief of a TR reader).

    @Matt Munson: Rubio has already proved himself to be Romney on steroids. Instead of flip-flopping on separate occasions, yesterday's post shows Rubio can flip-flop remarkably well in the same paragraph.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 20, 2012 3:38:41 PM

  10. First of all, a surprising pic. He reminds me of Brother Theodore.

    And second, where the hell ARE his people??

    Posted by: dodged that bullet | Nov 20, 2012 4:31:01 PM

  11. And so goes the Dracula hairdo.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Nov 20, 2012 4:32:57 PM

  12. In Massachusetts, Romney lived in Belmont, a deep blue suburb situated between Lexington and Cambridge, two of the cities that embody establishment (affluent) academic liberalism. Romney is certainly no stranger to living around gays or liberals.

    Posted by: Jason | Nov 20, 2012 4:47:38 PM

  13. He doesn't look very presidential... but hey it's over so let him do his thing in private

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 20, 2012 5:22:28 PM

  14. @Hank Plante Laughed out loud at your claim that California is some magnet. The truth is that the only people the state attracts any more are immigrants from the Third World, the very people whose presence has destroyed the quality of life in the state and driven it into bankruptcy by driving up the costs of social services.

    4 million white Californians have pulled up stakes in just the last two decades and left because they were sick of the place...a direct reversal of the trends that existed three or four decades ago.

    And with ever-increasing taxes and a business climate that is the nation's worst, it will only be a matter of time before even the Silicon Valley types have had enough and desert the place too, leaving you and a handful of others to hand over your entire incomes to the Third World hordes who will control your politics and milk you dry of every penny you own.

    Good luck with that.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 20, 2012 6:02:14 PM

  15. Mitt wants to make major changes to his LaJolla property (remember the car elevator?)and my attitude as a San Diegan was "let him do what he likes to his LaJolla house so long as he leaves the White House alone." I'm willing to live up to my part of the bargain.

    Posted by: Rich | Nov 20, 2012 6:23:22 PM

  16. "When I was a boy ... when I was a boy ... I used to think that becoming rich and becoming famous would make me happy, (hehehe) boy was I right!"

    Enjoy that big fade-out to black!

    Posted by: Gry | Nov 20, 2012 6:30:11 PM

  17. "If he did not dive in the fundamentalist sewage he would of been president."

    Or the "give the 1% a tax break from 15% to 0%" sewage.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 20, 2012 6:33:41 PM

  18. "Liberalism is a mental disorder."

    So is trolling on a messageboard where nobody gives a f-ck what you think, "Guest".

    That being said, please, Towleroad, let's forget about this loser and move on! There are plenty of House Republicans to lampoon!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 20, 2012 6:35:29 PM

  19. Oh poo, I thought Rick was not today. Oh well. I guess the pathetic racist, homophobic, femmaphobic, sexist troll can't get a life.

    Just remember everyone, Rick isn't actually a gay man. The other day he rambled on and on about how gross and detestable sodomy was. He's not a gay man, he's a pathetic anonymous troll. Ignore him.

    And Jason, Rick's alias, should also be ignored.

    Posted by: MateoM | Nov 20, 2012 7:24:36 PM

  20. LMAO he looks like my dad here

    Posted by: boo | Nov 20, 2012 7:30:17 PM

  21. He looks like he's masturbating in his pocket.

    Posted by: Bruce | Nov 20, 2012 7:59:03 PM

  22. Photos like this of Romney pumping his own gas and looking a little disheveled make him look more like a regular guy. Not the image he and his campaign went with.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 20, 2012 8:33:34 PM

  23. I can imagine a skit with Obama doling out gifts:

    Hispanic Voter: A boon, sire, a boon!

    Obama: I won't ask you to self-deport.

    Hispanic Voter: Thank you, sire. You have my vote.

    Did it ever occur to Romney that when he uses terms like "self-deport," the result of policies designed to make people very uncomfortable, that U.S. citizens with similar ethnic backgrounds might feel a bit threatened?

    The problem with sales guys is that by force of habit they tell people what they want to hear, which may work in a one-on-one sales pitch, but can be a disaster when one's every word is captured on youtube.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 20, 2012 9:00:53 PM

  24. San Diego went Democratic this election cycle.


    Posted by: Allan | Nov 20, 2012 9:15:58 PM

  25. It looks like his magic mormon underwear is rubbing him the wrong way. He may be on the right politically, but he dresses on the left.

    Posted by: Phil M from Silver Spring | Nov 21, 2012 12:56:20 AM

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