KALAMAZOO (CBS Detroit) Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Kate Upton — and really, what could be left to the imagination after that bikini? — something new comes to light.

Turns out, Upton’s uncle is an honest-to-G0d civic leader, and a Republican to boot, and her family founded the Whirlpool company more than 100 years ago.

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Celebrity gossip website TMZ caught state Rep. Fred Upton, R-6th District, and asked if the bikini model hurts or helps the family brand. Upton stood by his family.

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“She’s a nice gal, she’s a great gal,” he said.

See the entire video HERE.

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So, what do you think: Would you be more or less likely to vote for someone because they’re related to Kate Upton? Let us know in comments below.