November 21, 2012
(MONROE, WA) -- The opening lines to a recent piece on bostonherald.com say it better than most stories on this topic do:
Is this a photo of Mitt Romney pumping gas in La Jolla California Monday night Nov. 19? CLICK TO ENLARGE
“Life sure is strange. One minute you’re this close to becoming the Leader of the Free World, surrounded by Secret Service, spinmeisters, fawning coatholders and Donald Trump. The next, you’re pumping your own gas at a Chevron station, looking disheveled and disheartened.
Say hello to ex-Gov. Mitt Romney, who was snapped by a local as he filled up the tank in his new hometown of La Jolla, Calif.”
All of that is based upon a Reddit.com user who claims he bumped into the recent Republican presidential nominee at his local gas station in California Monday night Nov. 19 and posted the grab-shot photo you see at upper right.
Is it Romney? Looks like it could be him but to date there’s been no official confirmation from the Romney household (or PR firm) that it is indeed he.
The Boston Herald piece notes that the “time, location, and even the subject of the image are not fully confirmed.”
Which is another way of saying the pic could have been taken five years ago in Duluth and the guy in the photo is a pharmaceutical salesman.
The plot thickens: Tuesday night on Reddit we found this comment on the photo and the original Reddit post:
“Hmm..missed this story, but Reddit user mkb95 does not appear to exist.
Anyone have a link to the original post?
Edit: Found it...appears the guy deleted his account.”
Well, he may have deleted his account but we found the original post with the photo here
The Boston Herald says the shot generated more than 3,600 comments, “most from voters who thought the GOP’s top dog looked rather mangy!”
A short piece on theatlanticwire.com quotes the poster, Redditor, mkb95 as saying “the photo was snapped in his home town of La Jolla, California, where Romney does indeed own a home and is reportedly planning to settle down (retire?) following his last election defeat. He says he chatted up Romney, who was obviously without security guards or drivers, for a few minutes, before they both went on their way.”
So is it Romney pumping his own gas in La Jolla? So far nobody knows for sure.
Stay tuned. Film at eleven.