The AP Wants You to Judge Mitt Romney by his Great-Great-Grandfather's Activities

Why else would the AP publish this article that says Mitt Romney’s great-great-grandfather had twelve wives?

Romney’s great-great grandfather, Parley Pratt, an apostle in the church, had 12 wives. In an 1852 sermon, Parley Pratt’s brother and fellow apostle, Orson Pratt, became the first church official to publicly proclaim and defend polygamy as a direct revelation from God.

Romney’s father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where Mormons fled in the 1800s to escape religious persecution and U.S. laws forbidding polygamy. He and his family did not return to the United States until 1912, more than two decades after the church issued “The Manifesto” banning polygamy.

What a pathetic attempt at a hit piece. This article says a lot more about the AP than it does Governor Romney.

Update: John at Power Line makes a great point:

There is something odd, though, about trying to hang the polygamy albatross around Romney’s neck. One of the obvious differences between Romney and his Republican rivals is that Mitt is the only one who has been married just once. So isn’t the polygamy rap a bit unfair?

I’m old enough to remember when it was commonly believed that a man who had been divorced couldn’t be elected President. (I believe Ronald Reagan was the first.) In today’s world, though, it’s Romney’s life-long monogamy that is a bit Weird, especially given the fact that the Romneys have five children. Polygamy a hundred years ago, monogamy today: that Romney character is a little Weird all the way around.


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