Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening returned to work yesterday in Annapolis after his four-day honeymoon, saying he was "tanned, rested and ready" for the rest of the General Assembly session.
The governor made two public appearances but offered little news about the quiet wedding performed at Government House, his official residence, last weekend. Glendening (D) declined to say where he and his wife, Jennifer Crawford, a former top aide, honeymooned, calling it a "private trip."
"I'm happy. Jennifer's happy," he said, during an appearance on WTOP radio's "Ask the Governor" program. "I'm in a good mood."
Later, he made no mention of his wedding during his only speech of the day. Before addressing an American Cancer Society luncheon, he told reporters he was grateful for the good wishes he and his wife had received from the public.
But, he said, "I don't normally comment on my private life."
Until his separation from his former wife, Frances Anne Glendening, in July 2000, the governor did invoke his family frequently in public. He often mentioned his son, Raymond, now a college student, in his speeches. Frances Anne Glendening appeared with him with at many public events and was a close political adviser in both of his gubernatorial campaigns.
Their divorce became final Nov. 19, two days before what would have been their 25th wedding anniversary.
It was prior to the divorce that Glendening, 59, began a relationship with Crawford, 35, who had been his deputy chief of staff. Most recently she had been his top staff aide on congressional redistricting.
Crawford resigned from the state payroll last Friday, and they were married by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Clerk Robert P. Duckworth that afternoon at the governor's mansion.
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