New Baucus divorce report emerges

2009-01-05T23:00:00Z New Baucus divorce report emergesJENNIFER McKEE Gazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette
January 05, 2009 11:00 pm  • 

HELENA - A second national newspaper has reported that U.S. Sen. Max Baucus may be splitting from his wife of 25 years, former senatorial aide and artist Wanda Baucus.

The Washington Post reported in a gossip column Monday that the Baucuses may be splitting. The New York Daily News reported in September that the Baucuses may be divorcing.

At the time, Barrett Kaiser, a spokesman for the Montana Democrat, would not say whether a split is coming.

Kaiser was similarly tight-lipped Monday, saying only "it's a personal matter" when asked if the senator and his wife were divorcing.

The Post article cited several incidents that point to a split that many in the Montana press had also noted:

Wanda Baucus did not attend the summer wedding of her stepson, Zeno Baucus, in Big Sky.

Wanda Baucus also didn't make a single campaign appearance this fall when Baucus was often in the state in his bid for a sixth term. Finally, Baucus' 2008 Christmas card did not feature one of his wife's art pieces. Baucus traditionally sends out a card to supporters that features one of his wife's pieces on the front. Baucus also sent out a Christmas card in 2007 without his wife's art.

Baucus has been married once before, to journalist Ann Geracimos. She is the mother of Baucus' only child, Zeno, 32, a lawyer in Washington, D.C.

Baucus and Geracimos divorced in 1982, when Baucus was also serving in the U.S. Senate. He met Wanda Baucus, then an aide to former Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., shortly after his divorce.

The couple has lived their married life in Georgetown, in the nation's capital. Wanda Baucus has never lived in Montana.

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