The Nation: Hazards for the Political Husband

John Heckler, husband of a Republican Congresswoman from Massachusetts, knows all about the hazards of marriage to a politician. Although he thoroughly enjoys his role as a political spouse, he has had to curb his outspokenness. Because his wife Margaret, 43, is constantly seen in the company of advisers and colleagues—most of them male—he has had to endure innuendoes about the state of his marriage. Then there are the parties. "If we had a party where we invited all members of Congress," says Heckler, an investment executive, "they would all talk shop and...

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