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January 28, 2014


How Do Political Spouses Face Scandal?

Washington Post: "Imagine for a minute the pillow talk shared within a marriage embroiled in a political scandal. We're not talking about a sex scandal, that trope faced time and again by spouses of wayward politicians. Consider instead paper crimes -- legal violations involving gifts accepted, ethics rules broken or money hidden in undergarments."

"A political union is unique within the institution of marriage -- the unelected partner has presumably campaigned for her spouse, smiled on his fair share of rope lines and signed up, reluctantly or not, for public scrutiny of their life together. So what happens when the clouds of scandal descend? Do such charges harden the resolve of the political couple, who by definition are accustomed to facing adversaries? Or does it tear the relationship apart?"












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