Schweitzer Makes Headlines for Comments About Romney, Polygamy Commune

By Beacon Staff

Our ever-chatty, never-boring governor is making national headlines for some comments he made about Mitt Romney and Mormonism in an interview with The Daily Beast yesterday.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer told The Daily Beast that Romney could have some issues in this election because his father was “born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.”

Ben Jacobs of The Daily Beast reports:

While discussing swing states, Schweitzer said Romney would have a “tall order to position Hispanics to vote for him,” and I replied that was mildly ironic since Mitt’s father was born in Mexico, giving the clan a nominal claim to being Hispanic. Schweitzer replied that it is “kinda ironic given that his 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, he said, 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.”

Jacobs then quoted a campaign spokesperson for Barack Obama as saying, “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.”

The Huffington Post, Politico, The Washington Post and others have picked up on the story.

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