Tags: Teresa | Heinz | Kerry

Teresa Heinz Kerry

Tuesday, 03 February 2004 12:00 AM

But try getting used to the fact that a candidate for president used to date, and dumped, one of your close girlfriends, and ended up married to one of the richest women in town. That's how well I know John Kerry, who I first met at least 25 years ago. Of course I could blame him for bad dating behavior, but that's never how it works. Feminism notwithstanding, it's always hard to like the woman who ultimately lands the guy. She has to be quite a woman. Teresa Heinz Kerry is.

Luckily for John Kerry, George W. Bush was young and stupid once, too, and he wasn't even single. So this isn't a political issue but a personal one. I've known John Kerry long enough to know him when he was married, single and married again. I remember his man-about-town days in Boston and in Washington. I was the one who used to go back and forth, telling my girlfriend in Boston about the likes of Morgan Fairchild in D.C.

Don't waste your life on him, we all used to say. The handwriting is on the wall, if not in all the Washington papers. Her childbearing years were coming to the end. She was a grown-up, a lawyer, his former law partner, but that has nothing to do with being smart about men when you're in love.

This is all public record. I'm not revealing anything here that Karl Rove doesn't know about. This is not Monica Lewinsky. Everybody was age-appropriate, everything was consensual. No laws were broken. Only hearts. My friend eventually found a nice husband and had two kids.

John found Teresa.

At first, everyone laughed. Just a coincidence that she has a half-billion dollars, people snickered. I wonder if he's seeing green, cynical friends of mine asked. I hope he's miserable, more than one said. Stories were passed around about how Teresa still referred to her late husband, Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, as "her husband," how she talked openly about Botox, how she would certainly kill John if she caught him looking at another woman.

A marriage of convenience, many people assumed. An expression of his ambition, they said. How will this half a billionaire connect with farm women in Iowa and rural women in New Hampshire, Kerry critics asked viciously.

Just fine, as it turned out.

I caught up with Teresa Heinz Kerry in New Hampshire. No Judy Steinberg Dean she. No Hillary, either. From the beginning, she was at her husband's side in this campaign, supporting him, because she wanted to be. She speaks from the heart. She has been winning support for her husband from women with whom she has nothing particular in common because they sense her authenticity, which matters more than her accent and her bank account. This is a real marriage, a real partnership. At least that's what all the women I talked to said.

They're right. Imagine that. I was in the backroom in Nashua when I caught the two of them in an unguarded moment. They didn't realize that anybody was watching. They embraced. At length. With real passion.

Most politicians embrace their wives when they see the cameras and prefer to talk to their aides in private. John and Teresa kiss in private. They're hot. I couldn't help but smile. How can you not like a hot 60-year-old couple? Watch out, Karl. This is what women want.

COPYRIGHT 2004 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.

104

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Pre-2008
But try getting used to the fact that a candidate for president used to date, and dumped, one of your close girlfriends, and ended up married to one of the richest women in town. That's how well I know John Kerry, who I first met at least 25 years ago. Of course I could...
Teresa,Heinz,Kerry
576
2004-00-03
Tuesday, 03 February 2004 12:00 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved