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Local man bought home from Mitt Romney

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Who is Mitt Romney? Some pundits and political opponents have called him aloof, out-of-touch, elite.

Back in 2009, Mitt Romney sold his house in Park City, Utah to a retiree from Florida.

"We went to the house. There was no brokers or anyone involved, just Mitt," said Hal Prewitt, who maintains an office in Boca Raton and lives in Miami Beach.

Last week, Prewitt put his one-on-one experience with "Mitt" on paper, and started circulating the three-page piece on the Internet. He says it has already been downloaded nearly 100-thousand times.

He was motivated by what he calls an unfair, media-generated caricature of Mitt Romney as a "country club Republican."

"Instead of hiring a moving company to move, and have a bunch of workers, he went to the local home depot, and bought wood and built containers to move his contents," said Prewitt.

Prewitt acknowledges that Romney, who some estimate is worth nearly $250 million, has often struggled to show the side of his personality that rents his own U-Haul.

"He got in the truck and drove it to California, completely outside the perspective of most Americans," said Prewitt.

Polls show that Romney trails the president by double digits in likability questions.

He has been forced to explain unscripted moments on the campaign trail like when he remarked to a group of unemployed Floridians in Tampa back in June that he was quote, "unemployed too."

Records show Prewitt,  who splits time between Miami Beach and Utah, is a Romney campaign donor. But he insists his desire to illustrate what he calls the "real Mitt" is out of public service.

"If you can look into who they really are when they are not campaigning, who the real people are, you get a unique insight into what their beliefs are, and how they treat their fellow man," said Prewitt.

The Republican National Convention is next week, and political analysts expect plenty of time to be spent re-introducing Romney to voters.

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