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Democratic Governor, Discussing Romney, Brings Up Polygamy

The attacks on Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith are going mainstream, it seems.

First New York Times columnist Charles Blow.

Then MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.

Now Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana.

The Daily Beast contacted the office of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today to talk about whether his state would be in play in the 2012 presidential election. About a half hour later, the governor called back, and he had a lot to say. He didn’t think that Montana would be a swing state, but the Democrat did say that Mitt Romney could have issues nationally because his father was “born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.”

To their credit, the Obama campaign responded appropriately: The Obama camp’s Lis Smith said, “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.”

However, cynical minds might wonder if there is a strategic outsourcing of the below-the-belt attacks to surrogates not officially affiliated with the campaign.

Of course, if the Democrats want to make this race about which candidate is closer to a polygamist ancestor . . . we can play that game.


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