Autumn is in the air in New Hampshire, which means the political rhetoric is also here, even in the tucked-away reaches of this tiny lakeside town where Mitt Romney has a summer home.
It’s a stunning getaway destination that, in this election year, comes with a bit of a burden. As the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts and a property owner in the Granite State, Romney is the next-best thing to a favorite son (though he’s not a registered voter in the state), meaning that anything less than a first-place finish in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary will be read as a potentially crippling blow to his quest for his party’s nomination.
Romney recently generated a flurry of unwanted headlines over plans to expand another high-priced home he owns in La Jolla, Calif., but the home he owns here is hardly a cottage. Occupying nearly 800 feet of waterfront, the view from the lake is “fabulous,” said local real estate agent Kathryn Aiken. Purchased for $3 million in 1997, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the home is now valued at more than $10 million.
Town residents have only kind things to say about the Romneys, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they want them in the White House. There’s a pervasive fear that their quaint, quiet town might turn into a tourist haven — as Kennebunkport, Maine, did when one of its summer residents, George H.W. Bush, became president.
Published: Oct 29, 2011