In the States, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is being smeared because of the religious beliefs of his great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, both polygamous Mormons in the fashion of their time, well before the Mormon Church and the State of Utah made the practice illegal. (Romney, unlike a great many other Republicans, has only ever been married to one woman, ever.)
Because obviously whatever one’s gran’thers did is part of one, and a valid way to judge another’s character and principles.
So I regretfully withdraw from all consideration of any potential political career on the grounds of a gran’ther who was a sheepstealer in Ireland and a gran’ther who assisted convicts to escape from the lawful custody of a Tasmanian chain gang. I’m also a bit suss about the gran’ther who told tales about the youth of those wicked Kelly boys when she actually lived near where Ned Kelly was caught, not where he was reared (early propogation of a “rural” legend?).
I obviously cannot be trusted, and I’m sorry for misleading you all.