A Fix callout: The top family feuds in politics

November 26, 2012

Families matter in politics. A well-known last name can instantly boost a candidate's name recognition and a relation to others who have held elected office often helps, too.


GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's 2014 Senate bid could pit the Moores against the Rockefellers once again. (Craig Cunningham -- AP)

Sometimes, families find themselves opposing one another in heated rivalries spanning across many years and several elections. The most recent example comes in West Virginia, where Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced Monday that she will challenge Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) in 2014, pitting two families with a long-standing rivalry against each other once again, should Rockefeller run for reelection. Another prime example is the Palin-Murkowski rivalry in Alaska.

What are some other examples of family feuds in politics? Over the course of the next few days, we’re asking Fix readers to help us pick the best ones. 

We will be taking nominations both in our comments section and on Twitter, using the hashtag #FixFamilyFeuds. 

We'll announce the top family feuds here on The Fix later this week. 

We look forward to the submissions!

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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