GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. and "could be distant cousins," cracks the latter in a piece for CNN today. "Romney's father, George, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico," Navarrette writes, "and so was my grandfather, Roman." Whatever possible familial love there could be stops there, as the sometimes conservative, sometimes not Navarrette (a former colleague, for sake of full disclosure) says he wouldn't vote for Romney based on what he's revealed to Latino voters so far.
But the piece, one of many this week involving Romney's family history, leaves one wondering if and when Romney will begin talking about his roots more openly, though there are signs he may be starting. Romney is a descendant of U.S. Mormons who fled in the 19th century to Mexico, where his father George Romney was born. Navarrette writes: