Posted on Sat, Oct. 04, 2003
Ballenger grouses about Muslims, lobbyist limits
Says both contributed to breakup of marriage
Observer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger blames the breakup of his 50-year marriage partly on the stress of living near a leading American Muslim advocacy group that he and his wife worried was so close to the U.S. Capitol that "they could blow the place up."
Another stress on their marriage: the decision by "we holier-than-thou Republicans" in the House, Ballenger said, to ban gifts -- including meals and theater tickets from lobbyists -- that once meant "a social life for (congressional) wives."
These are the people making decisions about our lives?