Mitt Romney plans campaign base in North End
Governor Mitt Romney, erasing any doubt that he intends to make a White House bid in 2008, is laying plans to run his presidential campaign from a three-story waterfront building at the edge of Boston's North End, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the proposed deal.
Romney's decision to base his campaign in Boston would end speculation that the governor, who often pokes fun at Massachusetts' liberal reputation before out-of-state Republican audiences, was looking to put his headquarters in his native Michigan, a more politically moderate state where his father was a three-term governor.
Developers plan to eventually demolish the vacant, gray-and-tan building at 585 Commercial St. to make room for an eight-story, 62-unit, luxury condominium tower. But that project is still in the early stages, and Romney is expected to base his campaign operations in the existing building in the meantime, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the governor's bid for the site.
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