Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has frequently brought up President Obama’s fondness for the politics and methods of activist Saul Alinsky.

However,there is evidence presumptive Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney may have been influenced by the late 20th century,Chicago-based radical.

Political commentator Dan Riehl wrote on BigGovernment.com that the “toxic-to-conservatives” Alinsky effect has its roots in the former Massachusetts governor’s father,George Romney.

“The progressive Alinsky is infamous and actually toxic on the right,” Riehl wrote. “George Romney’s endorsement of him,coupled with his acknowledged strong influence on son Mitt,will do little to assure suspicious conservatives concerned about Mitt Romney’s record as a progressive,including his introduction of Romneycare in Massachusetts.”

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