There was a time in our nation’s history when “divorce” was something not often spoken about in polite company, and politicians often stayed with their spouses to keep up appearances.
There was even a time when such marital splits would be career-ending, but since the “sexual revolution” of the 1970s, it has been generally more accepted. In January 1977, The Washington Post even ran a story, “The Capital Hill ‘Divorce Epidemic’,” which noted that there were just 50 known divorced or separated members of Congress.
Though divorce may not be as taboo as it once was – it still is a big deal when it comes to certain politicians, especially those who espouse “family values,” such as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who split with her husband after 31 years of marriage in 2020.
Lauren Boebert Break-up
News broke this week that U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) filed for divorce from her husband Jayson Boebert last month.
It came just a month after the 36-year-old congresswoman announced she was to become a grandmother. The Boeberts have been married for nearly two decades and have four sons together, and she cited “irreconcilable differences,” while vowing to continue to represent the people of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
“It is with a heavy weight on my heart that I have filed for divorce from my husband. I am grateful for our years of marriage together and for our beautiful children, all of whom deserve privacy and love as we work through this process,” the congresswoman said via a written statement, per the Colorado Sun. “I’ve always been faithful in my marriage, and I believe strongly in marriage, which makes this announcement that much more difficult.”
Trouble Had Been Brewing?
In her book, “My American Life,” Boerbert detailed her relationship with Jayson, 42, who she met when she was 16. They married soon after and she had her first son when she was 18. She also described that Jayson “needed the alcohol and anger management classes that came with the plea deal” after he pleaded guilty to public indecency and lewd exposure in an incident in 2004.
Boebert has defended her estranged husband and stated that he did “not sign up to be in the public limelight,” in response to the allegations that he was “extremely angry” when he was served with the divorce papers at the family home.
“The stories reported about the process server, and even Jayson running over a mailbox are a complete lie. Jayson doesn’t sit around cleaning guns and he certainly doesn’t drink beer out of a glass, just as much as he doesn’t drink Bud Light,” said Boebert, according to a report from TheHill.com.
Latest GOP Firebrand to File for Divorce
News that Rep. Boebert was splitting with her husband comes just nearly eight months after former friend turned GOP rival Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia was also served divorce papers. In his filing, Perry Greene described the marriage as “irretrievably broken,” but also asked the Floyd County Superior Court to seal the divorce proceedings to keep the details private.
“Marriage is a wonderful thing and I’m a firm believer in it. Our society is formed by a husband and wife creating a family to nurture and protect,” Marjorie Taylor Greene said in a statement shared with TheHill.com last September. However, she also showed a bit less respect for another institution, namely the union that exists as the United States of America when she called for “national divorce,” earlier this year.
It does seem unlikely that divorce may not impact the political careers of either Congresswoman. Greene easily won re-election last year, even as Boebert’s race was far closer.
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