In the midst of filing for divorce, Republican Governor Jim Gibbons of the State of Nevada left the Governor’s mansion to reside in his previous estate in Reno, leaving his wife in possession of the home.
The Governor, whose mansion is maintained by the taxpayers, is now in Court in an attempt to have his wife evicted from the home so that he may return to it.
The Associated Press Reports:
Gibbons moved out of the mansion… sometime earlier this year and returned to the couple's modest, four-bedroom house about 25 miles away in Reno, which is appropriate, given the way Nevada turned the phrase "I'm going to Reno!" into a 1940s euphemism for divorce. He continues to conduct some official business at the mansion before driving back to Reno at night.
The move has raised questions about the governor's compliance with an 1866 state law that says a governor must "keep his office and reside at the seat of government."
The Nevada Appeal in Carson City said in an editorial that the governor should be the one living in the mansion — unless "they change its name to the First Lady's Mansion."
"Dawn Gibbons should leave and let the taxpayers' representative do our business in our mansion. If she wants to live there, she should get elected governor or live with the one we've got," Sid Goodman of Las Vegas wrote in a letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Sun.
Gibbons press secretary Ben Kieckhefer has described the move to Reno as a temporary situation and said there is no violation of the law.
- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto