Polygamy Roots Could Hurt Mitt: Montana Gov
Father was 'born on a polygamy commune in Mexico,' Schweitzer says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2012 12:32 AM CDT
Updated Apr 20, 2012 1:25 AM CDT
George Romney is fourth from left in this family photo taken in a Mormon colony in Chihuahua, 1908.   (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's family history could count big time against him this fall, according to Montana's Democratic governor. The candidate could be hurt politically "because his father was born on a polygamy commune in Mexico," Brian Schweitzer tells the Daily Beast. Women are "not great fans of polygamy, 86% were not great fans of polygamy," Schweitzer says, adding: "I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist."

Romney's father, George, who ran for president in 1968, was born in a Mormon colony in northern Mexico where his parents had fled to avoid American laws against polygamy. Some evangelicals made Romney's faith an issue during the GOP primaries, but the Obama campaign considers it off-limits. "Attacking a candidate's religion is out of bounds, and our campaign will not engage in it, and we don’t think others should either," said an Obama campaign spokeswoman.

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Apr 21, 2012 2:59 PM CDT
Montana... Where men are men, and the sheep are scared.
Apr 21, 2012 10:18 AM CDT
Obama ancestors were dog eaters! his dad had 4 wives plus mistresses,and he did not believe in God! This is all political to try to use anything they can against Romney because the Romney camp has them on the run! Is that the best they can do! They are losers! they have done enough harm and blew enough tax money which could of went to create jobs,and help this country! but no! they used our money to do whatever they wanted to do.
Apr 20, 2012 11:41 PM CDT
Gov. Romney does have Mormon polygamist ancestors. Pres. Obama has East African polygamist ancestors a bit more recent than Romney's. Neither Obama nor Romney are polygamists nor do they advocate polygamy. Both seem to have wonderful families. Can we move on to more pertinent topics? Does Gov. Schweitzer approve of attacks on Pres. Obama's Muslim roots? Let's focus on the candidates life-experiences and policies.