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.
All five Romney sons went to BYU for their undergraduate studies. Tagg went on to attend Harvard Business School.
He is the Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at Excel Trusts.
On the campaign, Matt represented his father on a trip to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands to meet with Republican leadership.
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.
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.'
He is also married, but unlike his brothers, does not have any children.
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.
He previously worked as an advertising music producer at McGarry Bowen, but now works in real estate.
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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