As the mayor of Vancouver goes through a reportedly amicable separation from his wife, he is enduring false attacks and alleged rumours from one of his political opponents, the NPA. After three decades of marriage, the mayor moved out of the couples’ recently purchased residence into a condo. As the rumours swirled, Vision Vancouver released numerous media information that seemed to pull NPA into the conflict.
The couple later released a statement that said they were separating. They did not address the issue of divorce. However, the mayor’s team was surprised by the statement as they hoped they would not have to say anything about the mayor’s relationship with his wife. Within minutes, Vision requested information from the NPA about false accusations against the mayor and his family.
An email from an NPA official included accusations of philandering against the mayor. A representative from Vision questioned NPA leadership and the personal attacks toward the mayor. A news release from Vision requested that the NPA candidate for mayor explain why the party was attacking the mayor. The Vision questioned the sling tactics of the NPA and the type of campaign that brought personal matters into the public arena. A representative with the Vision categorically denied the rumours although the mayor himself did not comment. The representative further requested privacy for the family. However, an NPA representative denied the claims that the party is attempting to discredit the mayor. Through the years, the mayor has put his family in the spotlight with publicized photos of all of them together.
When a public figure decides to end their marriage, rumours could make their way into the media even when the couple wants to keep things private. A family lawyer might be able to lessen the public damage to a high-profile figure.
Source: The Province, “Vision Vancouver accuses NPA of personal attacks in Gregor Robertson’s separation from wife”, Sam Cooper, July 07, 2014
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