Could you be a political spouse?

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    Dec 12, 2013 1:57 AM GMT
    I don't start topics that much, but this one popped into my mind after I attended the organization of my local council last night and the council members talked about how the schedule was sometimes and I thought I'd post it. With things changing, obviously being gay in public office isn't a big issue anymore, so over time more gays will be elected to office.

    If you were married/partnered to a politician, do you think you could handle the potential stress that comes with being a political spouse? Would your past or your personality be potentially damaging for your husband/partner?
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    Dec 12, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    My first wife was a political spouse 37 years ago. It wasn't easy as she wanted nothing to do with it. It was a major factor in our divorce.
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    Dec 12, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    Nope... To many fun and naughty memories
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    Dec 12, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    Only if I always got my way.icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 12, 2013 5:41 AM GMT
    Funny, my 'opponent' was Ronald Reagan .... not so much Jimmy Carter. Wife was a big Reagan fan. Reagan cost Ford the election sort of just like Ted Kennedy did to Carter four years later. Yeah yeah, that's over simplifying a bit.
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    Dec 12, 2013 8:37 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    freedomisntfree saidFunny, my 'opponent' was Ronald Reagan .... not so much Jimmy Carter. Wife was a big Reagan fan. Reagan cost Ford the election sort of just like Ted Kennedy did to Carter four years later. Yeah yeah, that's over simplifying a bit.

    Um, I think Richard Nixon had more to do with Ford losing than Reagan did. Although Reagan's insurgency didn't help matters. But I seriously doubt that anyone switched from Republican to Democrat over it.


    "Yeah yeah, that's over simplifying a bit"

    Reagan sitting it out had about the same effect as Ted Kennedy opposing Carter in the 1980 primary. Just about any time there's a primary challenge for POTUS, the incumbent loses.

    True, few switched parties, but I think a bunch of the Reagan Right sat home.