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Washington power-couple Ed and Edwina Rogers call it quits


Edwina and Ed Rogers are calling it quits. (2003 photo by Rebecca D'Angelo for The Washington Post)

Another D.C. power couple is calling it quits: Republican lobbyists Ed and Edwina Rogers, who have filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage.

Ed Rogers, an Alabama native in his early 50s, was a young foot soldier in the Reagan revolution who came to prominence as Lee Atwater's top deputy on George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign. After working in the White House, he founded what became known as the lobbying giant BGR Group with Haley Barbour, now the governor of Mississippi. In 1989, he married Edwina, a fellow University of Alabama alum who worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the GOP takeover in 1994, and later for then-Majority Leader Trent Lott. She, too, transitioned into lobbying, most recently with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

They did well for themselves professionally: The tricked-out seven-bedroom mansion they built in McLean several years ago -- site of charitable and political fundraisers -- drew joking comparisons to Versailles. ("In this house, you're never too far from a drink or a TV screen," Ed told our colleague Al Kamen in 2003.) Edwina, now in her mid-40s, turned heads last fall when she was trailed around town by TV cameras filming "Real Housewives of D.C."; though she was said to be in contention for a central role, she's only made guest appearances in the Bravo reality series.

Court documents filed in Fairfax County suggest their split could get ugly. He filed for divorce last month, citing "no hope or probability of a reconciliation." He claimed she was frequently absent from home without explanation; she said that any absences were because of her job, and that he simply never bothered to ask about her schedule nor inform her of his. She countersued, alleging desertion -- that he ignored her birthday, refused to give her a ride when she needed surgery, kept her in the dark about his finances. Each claims that the other had affairs. Both want the house, and both want custody of their two young children. Lawyers on both sides declined to comment.

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By The Reliable Source  |  September 16, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
 
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Comments

Gott love those conservative Republican moral family values...

Posted by: doxparadise | September 16, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

At least this will give the media reporters something new to talk about 24/7. They can insult each others views of the couple, too. Come up with new details the other reporters didn't know, blah, blah, blah. . . . . .

Y----A----W----N!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: momof20yo | September 16, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

You know the divorce lawyers are smacking their lips with the prospect of hundreds of thousands of dollars of fees each.

Gotta keep NOVA lawyers employed!!

Posted by: Nosh1 | September 16, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Sanctity of Marriage.

That's all.

Posted by: equinox99 | September 16, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

With her flaming nostrils it was less than likely she'd be involved in trysts...

Posted by: rpcv84 | September 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I like her pearl necklace.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | September 16, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

She's in her mid-40's?? Guess life in D. C. really does age you.

Posted by: Jayne | September 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for the cildren.

You can tell by the quotes from the court papers, these two are both incredibly self-absorbed. If neither of them are ever home because of work/politics, who's raising the children? The nanny?

If every married woman divorced a husband because he forgot one of her birthdays, there would be no married couples on the planet.

Shameful.

Posted by: pfallsgirl | September 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

They did very well for themselves and to hell with the small people working for a living in honest jobs.

Posted by: bdunn1 | September 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Al and Tipper could learn from these two.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | September 16, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

My

D-I-V-O-R-C-E

became final today.

Ah, Tammy Wynette had it right.

Posted by: bs2004 | September 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This couple (And other republican couples who divorce) should not be allowed to. As a gay man who cannot get married according to federal DOMA, I think divorce should be illegal as well for str8 people. They should have to keep their family together and work it out. Tough titty said the kitty....

Posted by: yeayea911 | September 16, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a true bitter Ho Mo, YY911.

Posted by: JoStalin | September 16, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry! I'm sorry! As a gay male, I now realize *MY* gay marriage lead to the demise of the Rogers' marriage. Oh the holy sanctimony of one man married to one woman! Traditional family values are crumbling and it's all my fault!

Yes, we must deny the marriage rights of other gays and lesbians, or more straight couples will be divorcing!

(Yeah, I'm kidding. Although I do thrive on the power trips my gay marriage brings with it.)

Posted by: williamhuxtan | September 16, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This is shocking! Why, I just saw them last weekend at Costco's - they were buying a 2 gallon tub of peanut butter. It can't be true. People who eat peanut butter will always be in love.

Posted by: CubsFan | September 16, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just pretend like Slick Willy and Hil?

Posted by: TheDubb | September 17, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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