Washington, Oct. 9: If Mitt Romney wins the White House race, there is a small place in North England, Cumbria, where his victory would be warmly welcomed, as there is a family that has discovered it is related to the Republican candidate.
Five siblings have learned that they share a great-great grandfather with Romney.
One sibling Jennie Wilcock, 69, a retired barmaid from Barrow-in-Furness, said that Romney is liked most by her brother, Mick Iveson.
“I saw him [Romney] on the telly twice the other day. My brother looks quite like him. He had dark hair like him. It’s all grey now,” Jennie said, adding: “He looks like our Mike. Same sort of face and everything”.
“I think I do a little bit, in my eyes and jaw,” agreed Mick, a retired groundsman who lives nearby in Lindal-in-Furness and is in remission from prostate cancer.
According to the Telegraph, neither had even ever heard of Romney until their grandson-in-law Simon Nash, an amateur genealogist, told them a few weeks ago that they were fourth cousins, after tracing a mutual link going back five generations to George Romney, who died in 1859 and was born in Dalton-in-Furness.
“I was quite surprised and shocked – it’s one of those things you don’t expect,” Mick said, adding: “I didn’t know much about him before this, I don’t have a computer!”
“It’s a bit of good news – there’s not many multi-millionaires around Dalton-in-Furness. We would welcome him if he wanted to visit, I’m sure Mick would like to meet him,” Pauline, his wife of 39 years, added.
According to the report, the two-story, pebble-dashed house where Wilcock has lived for 25 years is her only residence. Romney, on the other hand, has four homes, each of substantial proportions and each worth millions, though only one has a vehicle-elevator.
Wilcock said that ‘most’ of her children are out of work. All of Romney’s five sons are gainfully employed. She has never voted; on Nov 6 Romney will stand for elected office for fourth time.
Unlike his wife Ann, who has kept up with her Welsh relatives, Romney has not yet made the traditional pilgrimage of American politicians to obscure relatives across the pond, the report added. (ANI)