Extramarital Affair Frowned On by Public, Divorce Not So Bad

Pew Research Center has some interesting findings regarding the issue of messing around on your spouse, and then wishing to be an elected official.  I wonder who the next elected official will be to suffer the judgment of the public when it comes to extramarital affairs.

The public has a more negative view of a candidate’s past infidelity than in 2007 – 46% now say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had an extramarital affair in the past while 49% say this would not matter to them. In 2007, 39% said they would be less likely to support a candidate who had an affair while the majority (56%) said it would not matter to them.

More Republicans (57%) than Democrats (42%) say they would be less likely to support a candidate who has had an extramarital affair. The gap was much wider in 2007 when 62% of Republicans and only 25% of Democrats said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had an extramarital affair.

The public continues to be far more forgiving of a past divorce – only 11% say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who has been divorced while most (85%) say this wouldn’t matter to them. Republicans are somewhat more likely than Democrats to view a candidate’s divorce negatively.

Nearly seven-in-ten (69%) say it would not matter to them if a candidate has used marijuana in the past, while 24% say they would be less likely to support such a candidate. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to view past marijuana use as a negative (35% vs. 20%).

Marie Osmond Likes To Reuse Her Men

The world needs some lighter news.

No less crazy perhaps, but lighter.

With that I offer the dysfunctional family (or is that being redundant) of Marie Osmond.  At least with Marie Osmond, and her situation, we do not have the problem of her not understanding the need for gay marriage.  She has a lesbian daughter, and has stated she is for civil rights for everyone.  After this story she better be……..

Marie Osmond just married her first husband—again.

Osmond, who married Stephen Craig 30 years ago—and then divorced him three years later—re-tied the knot with him in Las Vegas today.

Osmond and Craig have one son, Stephen, now 28, from their original union. After their divorce, Osmond went on to have seven children with her second husband, Brian Blosil, whom she divorced in 2007.

The concept of re-marrying an ex-spouse is a perplexing blend of hope and stupidity. Is this a case of the ultimate triumph of a relationship’s progress—that after a split, a couple can once again fall for their ex’s good qualities, rekindle the spark that drew them together, and yet have successfully worked through the problems that, previously, drove them to divorce court?

Or is this the ultimate duh! and the same problematic dynamic that forced a couple to split the first time around is sure to still be in play to wedge them apart once more? Is remarrying one’s ex the triumph of hope and maturity—or the inability to learn a lesson the first time?

In the celebrity world, at least, it seems to be the latter. Remarrying an ex tends to lead to the same event the first marriage led to: divorce. Second time is not the charm.

State Senator Randy Hopper Has More Than Political Problems

UPDATED

I will let the final sentences at the end of this post tell the story. 

State Senator Randy Hopper ran as a ‘family man’ in 2008, but reports are that he lost his moral way in the big bad liberal City of Madison.  Hopper will now face a recall attempt following his assault on state workers and public employees.

Blogging Blue has the story, and I love it!

Randy Hopper filed for divorce from his wife in August 2010, and it’s being reported his soon to be ex-wife will be signing a recall petition.

Zach at Blogging Blue adds the following in a comment on this post.

I’ve actually received information from an anonymous source that not only has Hopper’s wife signed a recall petition, but she has pledged a financial contribution to whomever his challenger is, if a recall is successful.