PRESENTING: The Amazing Lives Of The Romney Boys

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With their Kennedy-esque cavorting around the Romney family compound on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, Mitt Romney‘s five broad-shouldered, straight-toothed sons captured the national media’s attention this week as the latest generation of attractive political progeny. 

It certainly won’t be the last that the country will see of the Romney boys. As the Republican presidential nominee struggles to connect with voters, the candidate’s five grown sons have been tasked with showing America the human side of Mitt Romney. Like some kind of clean-cut campaign boy band, the five young Romney men pop up frequently on the trail, driven by the singular goal of getting their father elected to the White House.

The five brothers — Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig — are all graduates of Brigham Young University, and all have families of their own. Beyond this All-American image, however, not much is known about these Romney men. 

But a little digging turned up some surprising details about Romney’s sons, including their pet peeves, personal political aspirations, and even a shirtless photo leaked to Twitter. 

Tagg Romney, the candidate's oldest son, has played a prominent role on both of his father's presidential campaigns.

Tagg graduated from the traditionally Mormon Brigham Young University in 1994.

All five Romney sons went to BYU for their undergraduate studies. Tagg went on to attend Harvard Business School.

He later worked as a marketing executive for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Reebok.

Tagg and wife, Jen, have six children together.

Tagg tweeted this picture when his family joined him on the Romney tour bus:

'Family is on the #romney2012 bus this morning. Nice to see my wife and kids again! I almost had to reintroduce myself.'

Last May, Tagg and Jen welcomed twin boys, David and William, who were born via a surrogate.

Tagg tweeted this picture as a birth announcement for his twins:

'Happy 2 announce birth of twin boys David Mitt and William Ryder. Big thanks to our surrogate. Life is a miracle.'

Tagg is also a big Boston sports fan.

He tweeted this picture with the caption:

'Opening Day at Fenway. Sorry school! Would be even better if we were 5-1 than 1-5.'

Matt Romney, the second oldest brother, also graduated from BYU and HBS.

He is the Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at Excel Trusts.

Matt and his wife, Laurie, have three children together, and live in San Diego.

On the campaign, Matt represented his father on a trip to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands to meet with Republican leadership.

Matt tweeted this photo with the caption 'great trip to Saipan where Gov. Fitial helped us get all 9 delegates. pic here w his wife Josie.'

Matt also inherited his father's prankster spirit.

While on the campaign trail in 2007, Matt fooled his father by pretending that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had called by using the online tool, Schwarzenegger Soundboard.

But sometimes his jokes fall flat.

At a press conference earlier this year, Matt cracked a birther joke when asked about his father's tax returns. He later apologized for his comments on Twitter.

Matt's son, Nate, also seems to be a jokester.

He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Jen, and their children.

There are rumours that Josh is considering a political career.

It seems Josh is already cozying up to the Republican elite. He tweeted this photo of himself (centre) with his father (left) and South Dakota Senator John Thune (right).

For the 2008 primary election, Josh traveled to all 99 counties in Iowa, stumping for his father.

Apparently Josh looks like Ashton Kutcher?

The brothers told the Washington Post that they like to tease Josh for the media calling him an Ashton Kutcher look-alike, even posting 'a blog entry titled 'Separated At Birth,' Josh's photo was next to Kutcher's.'

Born in 1978, Ben Romney is a medical resident in radiology in Boston.

He is also married, but unlike his brothers, does not have any children.

But he and his wife do have a beloved dog, Kingsley, who is half yorkie, half poodle.

But, for the most part, Ben Romney remains a mystery.

In a New York Times profile of the Romney brothers, Ben was entirely missing from the piece, except this brief mention, 'Ben Romney, 33, was the absent son, at least for this trip...Ben is also the most un-Romney Romney. He's the only brother with blond hair and is described as quiet and focused.'

But on vacation over Fourth of July weekend, Ben was photographed alongside his father and his brothers enjoying a game of volleyball.

The candidate's youngest son, Craig Romney, is another BYU graduate and a music lover.

He previously worked as an advertising music producer at McGarry Bowen, but now works in real estate.

Craig went on a Mormon mission to Santiago, Chile from 2000 to 2002.

Craig and his wife, Mary, have two children together, Parker (left) and Miles.

Craig was recently named the director of Young Americans for Romney.

During the 2008 primary campaign, the Romney sons took to blogging.

For the months leading up to the Republican primaries, the five brothers did their own social media outreach, writing for their 'Five Brothers' blog. They promised regular updates and an 'informal' tone, but they dumped the blog for Twitter and Facebook during the 2012 election.

Tagg, Matt and Josh regularly post pictures to Twitter. Here's a picture Tagg tweeted of four of the mustached brothers (Tagg is absent in the photo) with the caption, '4/5 brothers growing staches 4 #Movember cancer awareness.'

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