Post by John Chessant
In the 1994 Massachusetts gubernatorial election, the incumbent Bill
Weld defeated Democratic challenger Mark Roosevelt. It turned out that
the two candidates were second-cousins-in-law to each other; Mark
Roosevelt and Bill Weld's spouse, Susan Roosevelt Weld, were both
great-grandchildren of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Obviously, elections between 'close' family members would be unusual
since there is usually not too much variation in political leanings of
members of the same family of politicians. (An exception is the Udall
family, which counts among its members four recent U.S. senators, two
from each party: Tom Udall (D-NM, 2009-present), Mark Udall (D-CO,
2009-2015), Gordon Smith (R-OR, 1997-2009), and Mike Lee (R-UT,
Are there other examples of elections between family members?
Well, there were the Taylor brothers of Tennessee who ran aginst each other
For more distant relatives: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was a conceivable if
unlikely GOP presidential candidate against FDR.
If we look beyond the US, there is Ed Miliband vs. David Miliband for the
Labour Party leadership in the UK...