SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate's great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.
Polygamy was not just a historical footnote, but a prominent element in the family tree of the former Massachusetts governor now seeking to become the first Mormon president.
Romney's great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, married his fifth wife in 1897. That was more than six years after Mormon leaders banned polygamy and more than three decades after a federal law barred the practice.
I have only one question: WHO CARES? Since when does it matter if a politician descends from polygamists or even rapists or murderers? It's the content of their individual character that should matter. Mr. Romney has been married only once, and for 37 years so far. He finds the practice of polygamy strange and has noted that his church excommunicates people for the practice.
It's exactly this sort of crap that makes me loathe and despise the American political process, and after this episode, the world is going to have to work even harder to convince me not to vote for the guy (even though Giuliani will probably get my vote ... he's no Reagan conservative but I like how he handled himself and his former constituents in NYC during his tenure as mayor).