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

(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.

George Romney is fourth from left in this family photo taken in a Mormon colony in Chihuahua, 1908.
George Romney is fourth from left in this family photo taken in a Mormon colony in Chihuahua, 1908.   (Wikipedia)
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop in Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this week.
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop in Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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