I recall (vaguely) a few years ago, a politician who had used their family members in some ad, which in turn had opponents and others making some underhanded comments. The candidate then said to the opponent to butt out at which point criticisms came in about candidates using their families in the first place wanting special treatment. Namecalling is not nice, but if politicians' families are brought in, then do they become equal targets for political opponents (and article readers) to exploit? And are we voting for the candidate's children or the candidates? We all assume the candidates give a damn about our families as much as they do their own, so what's the point in doing so to begin with? Playing with voters' emotions? I really don't know what the mindset is.