I had heard several weeks ago that Senator Richard Colburn’s wife had left him and the rumors were that he was having an affair with an aide to Delegate Cathy Vitale. I’ve also heard one or two Republicans are considering a primary bid against Colburn in this year’s election.
Delmarva Now has the story:
State Sen. Richard Colburn’s wife is seeking divorce from the 64-year-old legislator, accusing him in court papers of having an affair with a 26-year-old former aide.
Alma Fitzgerald Colburn filed for divorce last Friday after 14 years of marriage. Her court filing alleges Richard Colburn committed adultery with Cassia Bethany Martens, who worked for him in 2010 and 2011. Court papers do not say when the alleged affair began or if it has ended.
Reached by telephone Thursday, both Alma Colburn and Richard Colburn did not wish to comment or answer questions about the case
Colburn’s attorney, Lynn Knight made an unusual request:
Knight has requested that Dorchester County Circuit Court limit who can see the divorce file, saying it could harm Colburn’s political career.
“The records contained personal information of the defendant that could be detrimental to his career, affect his financial stability and that of the plaintiff during the pendency of the divorce proceedings,” Knight wrote. “No prejudice exists to the plaintiff to limit or restrict the inspection of these records. Severe prejudice exists to the defendant, including the potential for blackmail or other coercion due to his political position.”
The paper wasn’t able to track down Martens for comment. She currently works as a legislative aide for Del. Vitale.
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