By DUSTIN HURST | Montana Watchdog
HELENA — Montana Democrat Gov. Brian Schweitzer is standing by remarks he made about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s family hailing from a polygamy commune in Mexico.
Appearing on “Anderson Cooper 360” on Monday night, Schweitzer, in the New York area promoting Montana tourism this week, said Romney won’t talk about his past because of the complicated history.
“You would think he could embrace his Latino roots,” Schweitzer told Cooper.
Schweitzer told The Daily Beast
last week that while Romney should be able to relate to Hispanic voters given his father’s birth in Mexico, he’ll be unable to because his family hails from a polygamy commune in the northern part of the country.
Cooper asked the Schweitzer if the remarks were out-of-bounds because polygamy was practiced for 50 years by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Romney’s church.
“Well, people took it way off-base,” the governor said,” I didn’t say anything about any religion.”
, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition,
a pro-religion grassroots organization, dismissed the governor’s comments on Anderson’s show.
“This is the silly season,” Reed said of the campaign rhetoric.