Gov. Schweitzer: Romney family polygamy could have campaign impact

“[Romney’s] family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from … Continued

“[Romney’s] family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy. [….Women are] not great fans of polygamy, 86 percent were not great fans of polygamy. I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.”

Evan Vucci


Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer

-Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) in an interview with The Daily Beast, in which he speculates that the Mitt Romney “could have issues nationally because his father was ‘born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.’” Romney’s grandparents were not polygamists, but were monogamous citizens in a Mormon colony in Mexico, a remnant of the polygamy once practiced there.

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  • macombbob

    I guess, based on the Governor’s comments, women will sit this election out since Obama’s father and grandfather practiced polygamy. Another epic fail of a Democrat attack.

  • PoeticJustice1

    Mainstream modern-day Mormons no longer practice polygamy, but the Mormon Church and her followers turn a blind-eye on hundreds of abusive fundamentalist polygamous Mormon sects in their communities, including the infamous FLDS sect headed by pedophile prophet Warren Jeffs. Powerful Mormon legislatures and law enforcement simply ignore polygamy abuses, like the “child brides” and “lost boys” inherent in polygamous cultures, and there are no programs set up to help polygamy victims, mainly women and children, transition into mainstream society.

    A public spotlight on Romneys polygamous roots might shed light on Mormon polygamy in general. Anyone who’s seen the doc film Banking On Heaven knows how serious the Mormon polygamy problem is, especially in Arizona and Utah, and more needs to be done.

  • jsmith4

    Obama’s Father, Grandfather, and many more generations were polygamous. Romney’s background in polygamy is modest by comparison (I am voting for Obama nevertheless). But fairness demands we acknowledge BOTh candidate’s family histories on this matter.

  • WmarkW

    Obama Sr had a family in Africa, married a second wife, abandonned that family when his son was two, started a third family, and abused them.

    And our President draws his dreams from that guy?

  • baileywickFL

    But his great-grandparents were polygamists, true? That’s the reason the man went to Mexico, to avoid the new Mormon rule against polygamy, I believe.

    Still, you cannot tar Romney with this. I say this as a Democrat who dislikes Romney. And dislikes Mormonism. It is his character, his willingness to lie about anything and everything to win an election that is the key reason he should not be elected. He lacks a core. He is a reed blowing in the wind, the quintessential Etch-a-Sketch candidate. Scary. You’d never know what you were getting except blind obedience to the right-wing for a period of time since he owes them.

  • ccppcsharp

    The reality is that as a Morman it is very unlikely that he will ever become president. More then likely the people who don’t want to vote for Obama won’t be comfortable with Romney and won’t vote at all.

  • 1066nie

    And President Obama’s father had so much influence on him, since he lived on the other side of the world from Hawaii and his young son? How is that even possible? What influence do absent fathers have on their children?

    It greatly puzzles me how little weight people place on the enormous influence of Obama’s maternal grandparents who raised him. White, middle class, he was a WWII veteran… the Dunhams had much more influence over Barack than his biological father could ever have had.

    Barack’s upbringing was far from being influenced by polygamy. Romney, on the other hand, was surrounded by it — even though the LDS bans it, there are plenty of polygamous families within Mormon communities. It’s just that they disguise themselves or are ignored. You think the teenage Romney didn’t know polygamous families, or realize his own (the one he was so proud of) had been?



    So Mitt’s a tad inbred, so what?

  • mountainlake1

    Yes but Obama doesn’t think he’ll be god someday with his own planet to rule! Romney does! Mormons believe in eternal progression – as we are, God once was. As God is, we will be. Cornerstone LDS doctrine. How do you think the evangelicals will react to that once it makes the news?

  • persiflage

    The fact that SUPERPAC millionaires and billionaires are lining up behind Romney seems to be more relevant than his polymagist heritage. Given that both houses of congress may well go republican in the upcoming election, that leaves exactly no one to advocate for the concerns of ordinary voters, with Romney in the Whitehouse – a very dangerous situation for the state of the nation. Republicans in the house have made their priorites perfectly clear.

    If voters put in an all-republican administration, they will get what they so richly deserve for such stupidity. It’s a shame that smarter people will pay the same price.

  • persiflage

    ……make that polygamist

  • persiflage

    What Obama should be talking about are the tax increases that everyone knows will be necessary as an important part of fixing the economy – but you have to start somewhere and the wealthy seem like the right place. No doubt there will be many other reforms required as well.

    The Bush tax cuts + two unfunded wars made a 2 trillion dollar dent in the treasury and contributed to a 4 year recession – and that’s only part of the damage Even Reagan discovered tax cuts were the wrong move – and proceeded to increase taxes about 6 times during the remainder of his two terms in office.

    Coincidentally, Grover Norquist, the power behind republican fiscal policy, was making a name for himself on the far right even then.

    Tax increases for all are definitely in the cards – and sooner than later.

  • ccnl1

    For the new Republican House, Senator and maybe President:

    How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?: And how many “souls” would be saved?

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror

    – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

    – Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

    – Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
    There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

    – The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian “religions” and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

    – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

    – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

    Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

    And with such savings, we COULD AFFORD UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE!!!

  • ccnl1

    Oops, make that new Republican Senate.

  • plattitudes

    Technically speaking, the entire Mormon church went to mexico in the late 1840s, to settle principally in the Salt Lake Valley, which was, at the time, claimed by Mexico. From there, they spread out, including as far north as Alberta, and South into Mexico’s current territory. No ‘escape’ was made into Mexico, except the escape from violence in Missouri, Illinois, etc.

    As for the rest, I agree with you, he can’t be tarred with who his ancesstors are, let’s keep to the issues, instead of trying roundabout ways to bring up religious questions.

  • plattitudes

    Actually, all of what you said is patently untrue. Mormon legislatures and law enforcement are among the most active and vocal in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada in enforcing polygamy law. The problems are not ignored, and programs are in place to help victims.

    I personally know several families that are part of the program to shelter women and children who are escaping polygamy, and lived next door to a family who sheltered a wife and two children of the Tom Green Polygamist sect as they made their escape. It is a very tense situation, as there is a real threat of violence by the sects against those who assist in this manner, so secrecy and anonymity is one of their best defenses. That anonymity means the programs aren’t covered by the evening news, but it doesn’t mean the programs do not exist.

  • plattitudes

    @mountainlake1–leaving, for the moment, your misunderstanding of LDS believes, what exactly does that have to do with being POTUS?

    Evangelicals will act as they always do… those with a vested interest in keeping up their numbers will mock, the curious will look into it (hmm, we call ourselves the children of God… children grow up to be like their parents…), and life will go on as it has. Sensationalism is a flash in the pan, and only burns those that try to grab onto it.

  • mioffe

    “Romney’s grandparents were not polygamists, but were monogamous citizens in a Mormon colony in Mexico, a remnant of the polygamy once practiced there.”
    What else we need to know about Romney as Mormon?

    Let go to economy…, like in 1992.

  • Poleman

    Mormons continue to “baptize” non Mormons who have died, despite the very recent change of heart on this issue by Mormon leadership. Romney has not overtly repudiated these baptisms of holocaust survivors, Catholics, and others. That more than polygamy could come back to bite him.