The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

12 March 2005

Gov. Romney's Foes Pile On

Do you care what your second cousins think of you? Do you even know who they are?

Gov. Mitt Romney's foes smell blood in the wake of a few of his recent political missteps, such as his out-of-state campaigning that confused many, now they are piling on with everything they've got.

A poll of Bay Staters released two days ago gave the governor mixed reviews.

Trouble is, foes are starting to get rather silly. Here's a prime example of political pettiness that falls flat:

(Boston Herald- Ann E. Donlan)

A man who claims he's Mitt Romney's second cousin and is embarrassed by the governor's gay marriage stance got a terse response from the Corner Office: Never heard of him.
In a front-page interview in Bay Windows newspaper, Samuel Parkinson, who married his partner of 10 years in 2004, said his genealogical research shows that he and the anti-gay-marriage governor are second cousins.
``I'm embarrassed to be related to him for that very reason,'' Parkinson told Bay Windows. ``I'm sure there's certain things he's done well for the state, but this isn't one of them.''
Romney's communications director, Eric Fehrnstrom, said, ``Although the governor doesn't know Mr. Parkinson, he respects his right to live his life as he chooses.
``However, the governor continues to believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and he respects the right of people to disagree with him.''


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