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Sister of Alleged Romney Bullying Victim Never Knew about the Episode

The sisters of the boy Mitt Romney allegedly bullied in high school isn't happy that their brother's name is in the news. In fact, prior to the Washington Post's story about Romney's prep school antics, the women didn't even know about the incident. Instead of jumping on the Mitt's-a-bully bandwagon, however, they want their brother's memory out of the fray. Turns out, WaPo got some of their facts wrong, and besides, say his sisters, he wouldn't want to be used as a political pawn anyway.

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Betsy Lauber, one of John Lauber’s three sisters, spoke with ABC News Tuesday night regarding the accuracy of the story.

“The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. There will be no more comments from the family,” she said.

“Even if it did happen, John probably wouldn’t have said anything,” Christine Lauber said.

She added she and her sisters will likely put out a statement later via a family attorney.

“If he were still alive today, he would be furious [about the story],” she said with tears in her eyes.

The story has already come under scrutiny for misleading information, but this statement from the family seals it: the Post published a shoddy hit-piece designed to make Romney look bad in the wake of Obama's gay marriage endorsement. Now, as Romney himself said, "Aren't there issues of significance you'd like to talk about?"

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