Sunday, May 13, 2012

Husband And Wife Running Against Each Other For a State Assembly Seat

That is going to make for some interesting family dinners, if they have family dinners.

"The War of the Roses is erupting on Long Island, where a Nassau County man is set to challenge his estranged wife for state Assembly.

Mark Schimel has been given the Nassau County GOP nomination to seek the Great Neck seat that currently belongs to his estranged wife — Democrat Michelle Schimel.

It’s a move that shocked even his own mother.

“You’re joking,” Irma Schimel said when she learned of her son’s plans by the Daily News.
The couple separated about a year ago after 32 years of marriage and two kids — but are not legally divorced.

Irma Schimel said she still considers Michelle her daughter-in-law and even received a Mother’s Day card from her this year.

“I love her very much,” Irma Schimel said. “I can’t believe he’d do a thing like this. I’m going to talk to him.”

Michelle Schimel, 54, is in her third term, having first been elected in 2007 to replace Thomas DiNapoli, who resigned to become state controller.

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