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Calling all Kennedys

When Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.) was sworn in earlier this week, he added another chapter to a family regarded as the "Kennedys of West Virginia".

Goodwin's father -- the late Stephen Patrick Goodwin -- chaired West Virginia University's board of governors; his uncle, Joseph, is a federal judge and his cousin, Robert Booth Goodwin, is a U.S. Attorney. Goodwin's wife, Rochelle, serves as state director for the state's senior senator, Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) (himself no stranger to political dynasties).

The dynasty question came up at last week's press conference when West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) announced his appointment of Goodwin. Asked about criticism that the Goodwin name "been associated with the elite of West Virginia," the soon-to-be senator drew laughter and applause with his quick rejoinder: "I would submit that there is no such thing as an elite from Mount Alto, West Virginia."

Still, Goodwin's ascension to the Senate and deep political pedigree got us to thinking about political royal families in each state. Obviously there are Kennedys (Jack, Bobby, Ted, Joe and so on and so forth) in Massachusetts, the Humphreys (Hubert, Muriel and Skip) in Minnesota and the Cuomos (Mario and Andrew) in New York.

But what about the other 46 states in the country? Who is the family (or families) that amount to a de facto political dynasty in each one? (Bonus points if you can point us to younger members of those dynasties who might be eyeing future bids for public office.)

That's where the Fixistas come in. We need your on-the-ground knowledge to build a comprehensive state-by-state list.

Make your suggestions in the comments section below. We'll gather the suggestions and publish them out in this space.

Get to it!

By The Fix  |  July 22, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
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Colorado: The Salazars and the Romers

Posted by: rhymecarp | July 27, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Arizona=Udall

Posted by: cowpasture2 | July 27, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

OK - Gaylords, Boren

Posted by: DCAtty | July 27, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

In Michigan, it used the be the Romneys on the GOP side, but they've switched states & the last Romney to run was by marriage only; the DeVos' of Amway fame are big players in the Republican party but they can't win elections.

On the Democratic side, I'd nominate the Levins--Sandy & Carl have held a number of state-federal offices, their brother had been elected a supreme court judge & one of the sons barely lost a state senate race but will running again thanks to a term-limited opponent. Other Levins have run for office & one is a federal judge in Michigan

Posted by: wcounsler | July 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I agree the Simpsons probably head the list in Wyoming for now, but another family to consider is the Hansens. Cliff Hansen was governor and U.S. Senator. (His successor in the Senate was Alan Simpson). Cliff's daughter, Mary Mead, was the GOP nominee for governor in 1990, and Mary's son, Matt, a former U.S. Attorney, is a Republican candidate for governor this year, running against Colin Simpson. It's a small world and a small state (population-wise).

Posted by: scott_farris | July 27, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Tennessee - The Fords
You've got Harold Ford Sr. and Jr., obviously, both of whom represented Memphis in Congress for a total of 32 years. But Harold, Sr.'s brother, John, also served in the state senate and the Memphis city council; Emmitt Ford took Sr.'s old job in the state house; James Ford was on the Memphis city council and the Shelby County Commission; Ophelia Ford is also in the state house; and Joe Ford served as mayor of Memphis. They're all siblings. Edmund, of the next generation, is (or was, I'm not super current on all this) on the city council.

Posted by: kejones4 | July 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Washington: I vote for the Dunn's/Gorton's. Yes Jennifer Dunn was a great Congresswoman and her son is a great County Councilmember who could go far politicaly. But what most people forget is that Jennifer Dunn's mother was Helen Gorton, and was a distant cousin to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton.

http://www.sos.wa.gov/office/osos_news.aspx?i=Tzqm8tGN8f98H5foe9sgTQ%3D%3D

Posted by: caseyb0921 | July 26, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

KANSAS

Keith Sebelius -former GOP Rep. from the First District, was a member of Congress for decades. His son, Keith ‘Gary’ defended Brown v. Board of Education, and is married to Kathleen (HHS Secy and former KS governor), whose father, John J. Gilligan (D-OH), was Governor of Ohio - making them the first father/daugher Governor Pair in history.

Posted by: debatechick | July 26, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Alaska: the Begiches (Nick and Mark) and the Murkowskis. (The Murkowskis hope the Palin kids choose a different profession.)

In my state of Washington, our politicians don't seem to breed politics into their kids.

In those twin commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, don't forget the Kerry-Heinz coupling.

Finally, let's not count out the Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky marriage, which unites politicians in Arkansas, New York, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. Either one could end up being a powerhouse.

Posted by: maris9 | July 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

As for up-and-comers who may form future dynasties, I'd suggest twin brothers Julian and Joaquin Castro of Texas. Julian is the mayor of San Antonio -- the nation's 7th-largest city -- and his brother Joaquin serves in the Texas House.

Democrats haven't won a single statewide race in Texas since 1994, and there are twenty-five offices that are elected by the entire state. That's a long losing streak. However, the state's increasing Hispanic population may diminish the heavily-Republican nature of the state sometime in the next decade. A center-left Democrat like one of the Castro brothers might have a decent shot at winning a statewide race then.

Posted by: austinpost | July 23, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Oklahoma: The Borens and Edmondsons

Current Congressman Dan Boren (D-2nd district, OK) is the son of former US Senator and Oklahoma Governor David Boren. Lyle H. Boren (father of David Boren and grandfather of Dan Boren) served in the US House from 1937 to 1947.

Edmondsons.

Drew Edmondson, the Oklahoma Attorney General, is running for the Democratic nomination for governor. His father,
Ed Edmondson, was a US Congressman from Oklahoma from 1953-1973. Drew's brother, James E. Edmondson, served on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.


Drew Edmondson's uncle, J. Howard Edmondson, served as governor and was appointed to the US Senate to serve out Robert Kerr's term.

Posted by: okberkowitz1 | July 23, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

..and back to West Virginia, Jay Rockefeller's wife, Sharon PERCY Rockefeller, daugher of Charles Percy (Senator, Illinois)

Sebelius, yes, from Ohio or Gilligan's Island.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 23, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

MN- The Mondales

Chicago- Daleys

Posted by: DumpsterDiving | July 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Illinois: I saw good comments but nobody mentioned the young Patrick Daley, the Mayor's son who is now in the military. Forget all the wannabees, Rich Daley won't stop being Mayor (assuming good health)until his son Patrick is ready to take over.

Posted by: MikeK3 | July 23, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

In Mississippi, the Waller family or the Barbour family. Bill Waller is the current (elected) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and may run for governor in 2011. His father also served as governor. Current Governor Haley Barbour is somehow related to William Barbour who was a federal judge for many years.

Posted by: robbinsjoh | July 23, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen Sebelius and her father in law who was Governor of IOhio. His name escapes me right now but I think it was maybe Gilligan?

Posted by: COSDem | July 23, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana: Long Family (Democrats)

Huey Long, U.S. Senator/governor
Earl Long, governor
Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator
Gillis William Long, U.S. Representative
Speedy O. Long, U.S. Representative
and many more, they even have a Wiki page, and one Long is still holding office, but as a Republican (!)

Posted by: christoph_berlin | July 23, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Alabama has a well-known political dynasty in the Wallace Family. George Wallace served as governor for four terms: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. His wife, Lurleen Burns Wallace, was governor from 1967 to her death in 1968. George Wallace, Jr. has served as State Treasurer and on the public service commission and recently failed in an attempt to return to the State Treasurer's office.

The O'Neal family provided Alabama with the "father - son governors" of Edward O'Neal (1882-86)and Emmet O'Neal (1911-1915). The O'Neal family remains a socially influential family in the state.

Stephen Foster Black, grandson of US Supreme Court Justice, Hugo Black, made a bid for the State Treasurer's office in 2002. He is currently at the Univeristy of Alabama.

Posted by: bibbejr | July 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The Bush family in Texas. George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and "P" Bush the young up and coming son of Jeb who lives in Texas and has the advantage of hispanic heritage with a Columbian born mother. Of course there is not to be forgotten Prescott Bush who was GHW Bush's father and long time Senator from Connecticut and I believe Barbara Bush's family has a background in political life as well.

Posted by: jnorow | July 23, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Tafts of Ohio, which go back to President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft and continued down to the recently deposed Governor Robert Taft. His father, Bob, was called "Mr. Republican," if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by: lmhankins | July 23, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

In South Dakota, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is the granddaughter of former Gov. Ralph Herseth.

And former Sen. and Prez candidate George McGovern's grandson Matt McGovern has been discussed (among gossipers) as a possible statewide candidate. He's currently the South Dakota state director of Repower America.

~ J.A.O.

Posted by: xshelteringskyx | July 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

In the Rocky Mountain West or Southwest, no family rivals the UDALL brethren; yet. But Ken Salazar's brother is a moderate-D star in Congress... and Ex Gov. Roy Romer's son is running for Mayor of Denver...

Posted by: katiereinisch | July 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It's reaching back a ways, but let's not forget the Roosevelts of New York: TR, FDR, and a bunch of sons, not to mention Eleanor.

Posted by: Bondosan | July 23, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Oklahoma - Edmondsons & Borens

Posted by: skdonnell | July 23, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

In Virginia, I think you might want to consider the Obenshain family. Dick Obenshain won a heated convention for the Republican nomination for US Senate in 1978, but died in a tragic plane crash later that summer. The Republican Party of Virginia headquarters is named after him. His daughter Kate was the first female chair of the RPV. His son Mark is a popular state senator and I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to run for statewide office in the not too distant future.

The Byrd family doesn't really control the political landscape in Virginia anymore, but they definitely left their mark. It's almost impossible to drive around parts of Richmond or the Shenandoah Valley without seeing buildings named after Harry Byrd.

Posted by: ryansneddon | July 23, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Already mentioned, but a little more on the Casey lot in Pa. Besides Bob Sr. (state senator, state auditor general, governor) and Bob Jr. (state auditor general, state treasurer, U.S. Senator) there is brother Pat, former congressional candidate who was unsuccessful against Don Sherwood in the 90s, and brother Chris, a lawyer who was considered as U.S. Attorney and mentioned as a possible candidate for state attorney general. Pat also has been mentioned as a possible successor to Paul Kanjorski since the city of Scranton has been redistricted into PA-11 since his last congressional run

Posted by: keystoner | July 23, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

In Maryland the Curran-O'Malley family.

Posted by: mhaag1 | July 23, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Florida - The Diaz-Balarts, The Macks, The Smathers.

Posted by: islandgirl32226 | July 23, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me of a printed tee shirt that Albatross and Finch put out several years back..
'It's All Relative in West Virginia'

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Pa.: the Caseys
N.J.: the Frelinghuysens
Ohio: the Tafts

Posted by: von_wallenstein | July 23, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

In Wisconsin LaFollette family members have been part of the political landscape for 100 years.

Posted by: gupton2 | July 23, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

DrainYou wrote,
"ATTENTION CORPORATE MEDIA OUTLETS (I'm looking at you again, Chris Cillizza)

Now Is The Time To Reopen Breitbart's And Faux News' ACORN Fraud "Story" -- And Get The Story Right"

(omitted the blather)

---

You've spammed every thread on the blog with this gibberish. Just because no one responds to such idiocy doesn't mean they haven't seen it. Why don't you post it a few more times.

Everyone knows that ACORN was a criminal enterprise of leftist freeloaders---that's why they're out of business. You provide a link to Salon.com, the one place in the world with less credibility than Breitbart.
Faux News! Faux News! Faux News!

Now do some more crack and go back to Mother Goose where the real truth can be found.


Posted by: Brigade | July 23, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

In Vermont we have Thomas P Salmon who was the 75th governor and his son Thomas M Salmon who is current Auditor of Accounts in
Vermont.

And do you all remember when Jack Kennedy quoted his father after the Wisconsin primary to say: Jack don't buy one more vote than necessary?

Posted by: canaldoc | July 23, 2010 5:40 AM | Report abuse

Apologies, one correction. The almost unbroken run of Browns running statewide goes back to 1946, so the Truman Presidency, not Eisenhower's.

Posted by: qlangley | July 23, 2010 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Kennedys and Udalls are out of everyone else's league. There are Kennedys not only in MA, but dotted all over the North East (MD, NY and RI, off the top of my head) and Udalls all over the West.

On a pure state level, the Browns run away with it all. Not only do they dominate the largest state, but there has been a Brown on the statewide ballot every gubernatorial year except 2002, 1998, and 1986 going all the way back to the Eisenhower Presidency. Of course, they don't always win. Pat lost his third gubernatorial bid, Jerry lost his Senate race, and Kathleen lost the governorship. Jerry's race for governor this year is looking like a toss up.

Posted by: qlangley | July 23, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

The Byrds of Virginia,father and son Harry Flood Byrd, both senator.

Posted by: tbrock100 | July 23, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

ATTENTION CORPORATE MEDIA OUTLETS (I'm looking at you again, Chris Cillizza)

Now Is The Time To Reopen Breitbart's And Faux News' ACORN Fraud "Story" -- And Get The Story Right


Shirley Sherrod's case parallels similar deceptions used by the right in that other big smear (ACORN) -- and offers a chance to restore your lost standards


"Recalling Breitbart from his days as eager lackey to Matt Drudge, I warned from the beginning that nothing he produced would resemble journalism. More than once since then, I’ve mentioned the accumulating evidence of deception by O’Keefe and Breitbart in creating and then publicizing the ACORN tale. It was a "scandal" that became a national story only after wildly biased coverage on Fox News Channel, followed by sloppy, scared reporting in mainstream outlets, notably the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the national TV networks (some of whom flagellated themselves for failing to publicize this canard sooner!)."

"Investigations by former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, California Attorney General Jerry Brown, and the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, among others, have served to exonerate ACORN of the most outrageous charges of criminality (while still criticizing ACORN employees and leadership). More important, from the perspective of journalistic ethics, those investigations revealed that the videotapes released and promoted by Breitbart’s website were selectively and deceptively edited to serve as propaganda, not news."

http://www.salon.com/news/andrew_breitbart/index.html?story=/opinion/conason/2010/07/21/acorn


This raised a question that still hasn't been answered: Beyond blaming Breitbart, Faux News, will the corporate media ever take a good hard look at themselves? Breitbart and Faux would not get away with their lies if the rest of the media weren't using their own bullhorns to blindly promote those lies, repeating without reporting, as has become their habit. Sources either prove credible or they do not, and Breitbart and Faux are not credible. Conason has a suggestion for those traditional media sources that promoted the ACORN smear:


"So here at last is an opportunity for all of the corporate media outlets that aided and abetted the ACORN fraud to restore a minimum level of standards and honor. Investigate Breitbart, O’Keefe, Giles and the making and editing of the ACORN tapes without fear or favor -- then report the findings on page one."


http://www.salon.com/news/andrew_breitbart/index.html?story=/opinion/conason/2010/07/21/acorn


Posted by: DrainYou | July 23, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

in vermont there is one main dynasty: the snellings. Richard snelling (king richard) was governor from 1977-1985 and then from 1991 until his death. his wife barbara was lt gov and then a state senator who was succeeded by their daughter diane. His son mark is running for lt gov.

Posted by: tgporo12 | July 22, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

While this dynasty isn't confined to Arizona, the Udalls have been all over the place. Cousins Mark and Tom are Senators in Colorado and New Mexico. Both of their fathers (Mo and Stewart) were Representatives in Arizona. Recently ousted Oregon Senator Gordon Smith is also a cousin to Mark and Tom.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 22, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The present ident will not be taking any questions.


As usual. Mr transparency.

I'm so glad we"re all so post rAcial and all.

Another busted myth for the inept One.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 22, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the repeat posts.

Posted by: Playsmarts | July 22, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Texas: Bush (George P. is the next generation)
CA: Brown (Ed and Jerry)
KY: Chandler
FL: Chiles
PA: Casey
OH: Taft
OK: Boren
NV: Reid (Harry & Rory)
ND: Herseth
SD: Johnson
NJ: Kean (Tom Sr. & Jr.)
DE: Biden (Joe & Beau)
SC: Thurmond
MI/MA/UT: Romney
LA: Landrieu
ARK: Rockefeller
NM: Domenici
MI: Dingell, Kirkpatrick, Levin
NH: Sununu
RI: Chaffee (John & Lincoln, running for Gov)
MO: Carnahan, Blunt
WY: Simpson
IL: Daley, Hastert
NY: Quinn (former Rep. Jack and son Jack III, running for state senate), Cuomo, Vance, Clayton Powell (III & IV), Gilibrand

And that's just off the top of my head.

Posted by: Playsmarts | July 22, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Texas: Bush (George P. is the next generation)
CA: Brown (Ed and Jerry)
KY: Chandler
FL: Chiles
PA: Casey
OH: Taft
OK: Boren
NV: Reid (Harry & Rory)
ND: Herseth
SD: Johnson
NJ: Kean (Tom Sr. & Jr.)
DE: Biden (Joe & Beau)
SC: Thurmond
MI/MA/UT: Romney
LA: Landrieu
ARK: Rockefeller
NM: Domenici
MI: Dingell, Kirkpatrick, Levin
NH: Sununu
RI: Chaffee (John & Lincoln, running for Gov)
MO: Carnahan, Blunt
WY: Simpson
IL: Daley, Hastert
NY: Quinn (former Rep. Jack and son Jack III, running for state senate), Cuomo, Vance, Clayton Powell (III & IV), Gilibrand

And that's just off the top of my head.

Posted by: Playsmarts | July 22, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Texas: Bush (George P. is the next generation)
CA: Brown (Ed and Jerry)
KY: Chandler
FL: Chiles
PA: Casey
OH: Taft
OK: Boren
NV: Reid (Harry & Rory)
ND: Herseth
SD: Johnson
NJ: Kean (Tom Sr. & Jr.)
DE: Biden (Joe & Beau)
SC: Thurmond
MI/MA/UT: Romney
LA: Landrieu
ARK: Rockefeller
NM: Domenici
MI: Dingell, Kirkpatrick, Levin
NH: Sununu
RI: Chaffee (John & Lincoln, running for Gov)
MO: Carnahan, Blunt
WY: Simpson
IL: Daley, Hastert
NY: Quinn (former Rep. Jack and son Jack III, running for state senate), Cuomo, Vance, Clayton Powell (III & IV), Gilibrand

And that's just off the top of my head.

Posted by: Playsmarts | July 22, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

North Carolina had the Scotts: Gov. Kerr Scott, who begot Gov. Bob Scott, who begot former Agriculture Secretary Meg Scott Phipps. Unfortunately, she tarnished the family legacy with a scandal over selection of vendors for the state fair that landed her in federal prison for fraud and other charges.

Posted by: SueNC | July 22, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Missouri - the Blunts

Wondering if the Fix will make us a map of the political dynasties with everyone's feedback.

Posted by: Amis | July 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana - The Landrieus, Moon, Mary and Mitch

Washington - King County Councilman Reagan Dunn is the son of the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn and is rumored to be a future candidate for higher office. Gov. Christine Gregoire's daughter Courtney became legislative director to Sen. Maria Cantwell in 2007.

Florida -- Connie Mack III and IV (whose great grandparents were also congressman/senators)

Posted by: Amis | July 22, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Arkansas has the Pryors (David and Mark Pryor were both Senators and held state office)

A Carter dynasty might rise if his grandson eyes higher office than state senator.

Bidens in Delaware with Beau still on as Attorney General.

There are the Bayhs in Indiana

And the Daleys of Chicago and Illinois

Posted by: DanielCD | July 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Daleys in Illinois (Richard J, Richard M. William, John)

Madigans in Illinois (Mike and Lisa)

Mauros in Iowa

The Udalls (Morris, Mark, Tom and to a lesser extent Gordon in OR)

Grassleys in Iowa (Chuck and Patrick)

Culvers in Iowa (John and Chet)

Posted by: COSDem | July 22, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina:

Strom Thurmond was a Senator for decades, his son Paul ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for US House this year. His son Strom Thurmond Jr. was US Attorney for a short while.

The late Carroll Campbell was a very popular SC Governor two decades ago. One of his sons ran for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor in 2006, and his other son also ran unsuccessfully for the same House seat Thurmond's son ran for.

The Sheheens have to be taken into consideration if Senator Sheheen - the Democratic nominee for Governor - wins. His uncle, Bob, was Speaker of the SC House and his father was head of a state agency and is now a member of the Democratic Party Executive Committee.

Posted by: zacharyrcroft | July 22, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Illinois' most current power family has to be the Madigans (Father, Mike, is Speaker of the Illinois House; and daughter Lisa is the State Attorney General...she is also an up and comer). They also have the Simons (the Late Paul Simon was a legendary Senator and Presidential Candidate, his late wife Jeanne was a member of the state legislature, and his daughter Sheila is now a candidate for Lt. Governor); but the family that has had the most national impact would be the Stevensons (Adlai I was Vice President under Grover Cleveland; Lewis Green Stevenson was Secretary of State in Illinois; Adlai II was Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN and twice nominated for President; Adlai III was a US Senator and losing candidate for governor. They were mingled in with several other powerful families as well). In Chicago, there are the Daley's of course and the Jackson's (Jesse, Jesse Jr. and Sandi).

Posted by: Coloradem1 | July 22, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"...The Carnahans in Missouri!

Russ Carnahan - U.S. House Representative
Mel Carnahan - former governor of Missouri
Robin Carnahan - Secretary of State, Mussouri etc."

And don't forget the patriarch, ASJ Carnahan. That clan goes back in Missouri politics at least to Harry Truman's time!
-MD Lowe

Posted by: Ticdoulouroux1 | July 22, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

A question for the Obama White House (c/o Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod):

How would JFK handle THIS revelation?

'FACEBOOK' EVIDENCE OF SNEAKY U.S. GOV'T NET CENSORSHIP
http://nowpublic.com/world/facebook-evidence-sneaky-u-s-govt-net-censorship

PRESIDENT OBAMA: TARGET OF SILENT MICROWAVE/RADIO FREQUENCY ATTACK?

See Scrivener "comments" to:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles and links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

CA- The Kardashians

Posted by: leapin | July 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

We have the Romneys of Utah, Michigan and Mass..

Joe Manchin's uncle was a colorful character in West Virginia politics and had a Gov. Moonbeam level of strange behavoir.. they said A. James' entourage of young good looking men were themselves Kennedylike in their appearance. He lived at the local hobo hotel and his claim to fame was cleaning up the junk cars that littered the picturesque mountain state landscape.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 22, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I am so relieved that some new blood has arrived. It is so tedious to put up with the "regulars" daily drivl. The cut and hate. The whining. The leftist idiocy. A selective pruning of 4 or 5 stooges would get us back where we belong.

Need specifics?

Posted by: Moonbat | July 22, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Carte's Aunt Kay is secretary of the WV Department of Education and the Arts. Gosh, West Varginia is movin' on up with the Goodwin elite. Let's see . . . we have the Byrds of Virginia, the Culvers of Iowa, the Cuomo's of New York, the Brown's of California, the Bayh's of Indiana, Rockefeller's of New York, Arkansas, WV, the Bush Families of Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Maine, etc., etc.

Posted by: juanchin | July 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The Carnahans in Missouri!

Russ arnahan - U.S. House Representative
Mel Carnahan - former governor of Missouri
Robin Carnahan - Secretary of State, Mussouri etc.

Posted by: nicroxylifegmailcom | July 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Carte's Aunt Kay is secretary of the WV Department of Eduation and the Arts. Gosh, West Varginia is movin' on up with the Goodwin elite. Let's see . . . we have the Byrds of Virginia, the Culvers of Iowa, the Cuomo's of New York, the Brown's of California, the Bayh's of Indiana, Rockefeller's of New York, Arkansas, WV, the Bush Families of Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Maine, etc., etc.

Posted by: juanchin | July 22, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

There is also Shelley MOORE Capito..

Anyway.. it reminds me of Joe Kennedy complaining prior to JFK's historic primary win in anti-Catholic West Virginia.. he said something like.. I don't want to buy the whole state, I just want to rent it for one day!

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 22, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The Chandlers in Kentucky.. Ben Chandler (KY-6) is the grandson of former Sen, Gov & Commisioner of Baseball.. Happy Chandler.

Posted by: pikachu_the_impaler | July 22, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

In Wisconsin, I don't think we've had a dynasty since the LaFollettes. Bronson LaFollette, the son of Robert LaFollette Jr., was the state AG in the 60s, and is no longer active. Doug LaFollette is a thrice removed cousin of Bob LaFollette, and he's currently the WI Secretary of State--although the Democratic candidate for Governor, Tom Barrett, has advocated eliminating that office. I wouldn't expect a resurgence of the family any time soon.

Posted by: shaneh | July 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Long gone are the Talmadges. The political "families" of Georgia are now within the younger generations as the Democratic party is no longer the stronghold. The descendants of former Dem leaders would not be able to get elected as Dems statewide and none are attempting to do so. However, Carter’s grandson did win election to State Senate, but will not climb any higher. Now that the Republican Party rules the roost, but still remains in its infancy in the state, I would say the Carrs. Chris is Chief of Staff to Sen. Isakson and his brother Toby is the Executive Director of the GA GOP. Neither is elected....yet.

Posted by: GODAWGS1 | July 22, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

California -- Burtons and Browns
West -- Udalls

Posted by: mikecmcnerney | July 22, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The Udall-Hunt-Lee family has had members elected from six (6) western States: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah. There's the Biden family in Delaware and the Browns out in California.

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Maryland has Paul and John Sarbanes. MD also has had its share of Kennedy politicians--Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and former State Delegate (and failed congressional candidate) Mark Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Vice Presidential candidate Sargent Shriver.

Posted by: JeffDavis | July 22, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

For New Jersey, it's got to be the Frelinghuysens. From Rodney in the House now all the way back to Theodore, who ran for VP with Henry Clay, it seems like a Frelinghuysen has been in high political office in NJ for forever

Posted by: TheRoss-Man | July 22, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The Keans in NJ -- Tom Sr. was governor in the 80s and Tom Jr. is minority leader in the state senate and ran against Bob Menendez for U.S. senate in 2006.

The Cuomos in NY -- Mario was governor in the 80s and, his son, Andrew is attorney general now running for Gov.

Posted by: zwag | July 22, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Colorado -- The Salazars
Delaware -- The DuPonts
Iowa -- The Larsons

Posted by: 77778587 | July 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Old Joe Kennedy summed it up (when helping his Son win the West Virginia Presidential primary).. I don't want to buy this State, I just want to rent it for a day.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Wyoming has the Simpson family. Milward Simpson served as governor and U.S. Senator. He fathered Alan Simpson, who served in the U.S. Senate, and Pete Simpson, who was the Republican Nominee for Governor in 1986. Alan's son Colin is currently the Speaker of the Wyoming House, and a candidate in a crowded Republican Primary for Governor.

Posted by: CountdeMonet | July 22, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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