Magazine article Newsweek

The Mayor's Marriage

Magazine article Newsweek

The Mayor's Marriage

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He's a workaholic pol, she's a dedicated working mom and now their private lives are in the spotlight

IMAGINE BEING MARRIED to Rudy Giuliani. In a metropolis of 8 million, he needs to show up anywhere two cameras are gathered; in a city that never sleeps, neither does he, according to his latest campaign ads. Like most successful politicians, Giuliani spends more time in the office or in his official off-white Chevy Suburban with blacked-out windows than he does at home. And like most striving executives, he spends more time with his staff than he does with his wife and children. Real "family time" has to be squeezed into the schedule. Throw in a nosy press corps that stakes out the mayor's mansion to see if the First Lady still sleeps there, and you have the marital state of Donna Hanover, 47.

Given all that, she seems remarkably cheerful. Last week Vanity Fair published persistent rumors that Giuliani was having an affair with his communications director, Cristyne Lategano, 82, and that his marriage of 18 years was essentially over. But the piece was demonstrably wrong on some details and lacked on-the-record, confirmable sourcing. For her part, Hanover issued a bland nondenial. While Giuliani angrily dismissed the article as "untrue" and "trash," and Lategano denounced the press for sexism, Hanover just smiled at reporters and said, "We're a family, and we're going to stay a family."

Hanover has refused to play the woman scorned. A Stanford grad with a sunny disposition, she has always been ambitious. Shortly after their marriage in 1984 (his second, her first), Hanover, then a TV newscaster in Miami, said that she and Rudy planned to live in Washington or New York so they could both rise to the top of their professions. For a time, however, her career came second. By 1988 Giuliani was running for mayor of New York (he lost) and Hanover, to avoid a conflict of interest, had given up her job as a local news anchor to become a part-time employee of the TV Food Network. …

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