Radkey Goes After Romney

The following excerpt is from a Washington Post article about activist Helen Radkey and her current obsession with going after Governor Romney – attempting to tie him to both the posthumus baptism of off-limits Jews, as well as some of his polygamous ancestors. She makes the news regularly by locating controversial proxy baptisms, and blowing the whistle on them.

My readers all know my opinion about LDS proxy baptisms. I’m a simple man, and simply put, If it’s true, then hallelujah!. Thank you, my Mormon friends. If it’s not true, then what possible difference can it make…

SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney has major headaches named Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

This month, he also had Helen Radkey.

At 1:55 p.m. on Feb. 8, Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon who spends her days combing through databases at the church’s Family History Library, e-mailed Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named for the famed Nazi-hunter.

“FYI, discovered today: Posthumous baptisms for the parents of Simon Wiesen­thal,” Radkey wrote. “I am collecting evidence, which will be e-mailed to you, if requested, as long as there is a public stink.”

Now Radkey’s energies are directed at a new area of research, which she hopes will cause a new headache for Romney: the posthumous plural marriages of his ancestors. She calls this “Romney’s polygamy tree.”

More important for her, she found Romney’s depiction of polygamy — he called it “bizarre” and “awful” — in bad taste. “How dare he say that polygamy was horrible when it was what his ancestors believed?” she said. “I believe you should honor your bloodline. I have convicts in my bloodline. I don’t reject them.”

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

3 thoughts on “Radkey Goes After Romney”

  1. This Helen Radkey needs to get a life. Find something constructive to do or help out in her community if she has so much time on her hands. Who cares how many wives a person had back then
    look at the number of wives Kings had. That was back then , this is today. Get with the times lady!

  2. ” How dare hesay that polygamy was horrible when it was what his ancestors believed”

    What an absolutely ridiculous statement. I’m not a Romney fan, but how on earth is he responsible for what his ancestors did? Some of my ancestors owned slaves, and although I find that horrible, I still honor them, and certainly don’t reject them. Good advice… Get a life.

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