In his upcoming book, "A Reason to Believe," Governor Deval Patrick complains about the media focus on his vacation home in the Berkshires, especially it being labeled "Taj Deval."
It became a subject of discussion during the 2006 gubernatorial campaign after the Globe wrote about his considerable real estate debt.
"As if Ted Kennedy, or Mitt Romney, or John Kerry could own a nice home, but not Deval Patrick," the Globe's Michael Levenson quoted him as writing after obtaining an uncorrected proof of the autobiography.
The complaint, though, belies a long history of politicians' homes becoming campaign cannon fodder.
Senator Kerry has taken a beating over his house overlooking the private Louisburg Square, for everything from a housekeeper taking out the trash to a construction crew moving a fire hydrant (albeit at his expense).
His consideration of registering his new $7 million yacht in Rhode Island instead of Massachusetts took the treatment nautical.
And it was only 2006, when Patrick ran for governor the first time, that Fox 25 News flew its helicopter not only over Patrick's stately homes in Milton and Richmond, but also those of all his opponents.
Then-Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey actually was at her Vermont retreat, watching her children, when the chopper went beating overhead.
That same election, one of Patrick's primary opponents, then-Attorney General Thomas Reilly, was pilloried not for the home he owned, but the one he didn't.
Reilly and his wife were longtime renters in Watertown, which raised questions about his saving habits and material aspirations.
In the 2008 presidential campaign, meanwhile, Arizona Senator John McCain got roughed up after appearing to forget how many properties he owned. Fellow Republican Mitt Romney also was poked over his homes in Belmont, on Lake Winnipesaukee, and in the exclusive Deer Valley ski resort in Utah.
In fact, questions about which house really was Romney's home almost prevented him from running for governor in 2002. Opponents questioned his residency because he had spent the three prior years in Utah overseeing the Olympic Winter Games.
(Perhaps looking toward a second White House run, Rommey has since downsized, at least in terms of square footage. The single-family home in Belmont has been replaced with a townhouse that one person who has been in it describes as "spartan;" the Deer Valley property has been replaced with a $12 million seaside house in La Jolla, Calif.)
And there's more, from Patrick's fellow Democrats, no less.
In 1978, Massport Executive Director Edward J. King knocked off then-Governor Michael S. Dukakis in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Next up was Republican Francis W. Hatch.
King tried to cast his political rival as out of touch with an television ad featuring an aerial shot of his own Taj Deval, the home in tony Beverly Farms where Hatch lived.
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