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Divorce having little effect on politicians' careers

Aside from the challenging emotional and financial aspects of a marital split, the politics of divorce are rapidly changing. A recent article takes a look at state governors and other politicians and the effect divorce has had (or hasn't had) on their careers. In an earlier post, we discussed the possible business repercussions a divorce can have, but it appears that political careers these days aren't as susceptible to backlash.

For instance, consider Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York. He went through a very public and very messy marital breakup that started in 2003 and ended in 2005. But his bid for the governorship was hardly affected, even as he lived with his girlfriend Sandra Lee.

Contrast that situation with Nelson Rockefeller's back in 1964. Rockefeller sought the presidential nomination for the Republican Party, but his being divorced essentially barred him from getting nominated.

Currently, there are four divorced United States governors, and the federal legislature has a total of 31 divorced representatives or senators, and one lawmaker is currently separated.

Mayor Bloomberg has been divorced from his former wife for two decades, and he and his longtime girlfriend live together.

Another example is South Carolina's former governor, Mark Sanford. Sanford was embroiled in scandal when it was discovered that he left the country to visit his mistress, but just recently, he won a party nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Clearly, widespread opinion about divorce has shifted immensely in a relatively short period of time. That doesn't mean that marriage is any less sacred these days, but New Yorkers considering divorce certainly need not be burdened by the old stigmas.

Source: buzzfeed.com, "Now Even Politicians Can Be Divorced," Ruby Cramer, April 4, 2013

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