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Why Political Wives Stand by Their Men

March 15, 2008 09:35 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Silda Spitzer, like the wives of many wayward politicians, stood stoically beside her shamed husband. Why?

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On Monday, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer appeared beside his wife before the media and apologized for his behavior. Observers were left wondering why women such as Silda are willing to endure such a humiliating experience.

A communications expert for ABC News conjectures that while the average woman might leave the relationship, “With these high-profile cases, everything is at stake—the job, the prestige—and so it’s almost the norm for the wife to stand there and say, ‘yes, he was wrong, but I forgive him.’”

Silda is the latest in a line of women who have stood by high-powered politician husbands who are immured in scandal, including Suzanne Craig, the wife of Sen. Larry Craig, Dina Matos McGreevey, the wife of former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, and of course Sen. Hillary Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton. Clinton said in a 1992 interview on 60 Minutes, "You know, I'm not sitting here—some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette."

On CNN’s Larry King Live, Dina Matos McGreevey talked about the difficulty of standing by a spouse caught in a sex scandal and said that viewers can’t know what it is like to be in Silda’s shoes.

“My heart is broken for her because I know exactly what she is feeling,” McGreevey said.

Headline links: Stand by your man

Background: Eliot Spitzer linked to prostitution; apologizes over ‘private matter’

Related Topics: The wronged wives club

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