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Mitt Romney now a Californian?

April 21, 2010 | 11:23 am

The Associated Press writes that Mitt Romney "has gone West Coast." The former governor of Massachusetts has apparently left the state to take up residence in La Jolla.

It's part of a personal and political repositioning as he looks to avoid campaign trouble spots and reorder his life ahead of a second White House campaign in 2012.

Romney not only sold his family home in Belmont, Mass., but he bought a house — for $12 million — in the northern San Diego community of La Jolla. He traded a snowy commute for early morning beach strolls amid the dog walkers. And he's become a familiar face at California political events, addressing the state Republican convention last month and campaigning on behalf of his former Bain Capital protege, Meg Whitman, a candidate for governor.