Mitt Romney would like you to know that his Southern California mansion will only double in size after planned renovations, rather than quadruple, as has previously been reported.
File this one under the old axiom that if you're explaining, you're losing.
As Romney makes a second run for the White House, his campaign has tried to put forward a more relaxed, Everyman portrayal of the former Massachusetts governor, all the way down to his no-tie and skinny jeans wardrobe.
Stories like the one last week about him upgrading his $12-million mansion in La Jolla only serve therefore as unwelcome distractions, particularly when they won't go away.
Romney was asked about the report while schmoozing with New Hampshire voters at a Manchester diner. Why, the influential publisher of the Union Leader newspaper asked, did he give his foes "raw meat" by seeking permits to quadruple the beach home?