- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2002

ANNAPOLIS Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening married one of his deputy chiefs of staff over the weekend and is taking a honeymoon at an undisclosed location, his press office announced yesterday.
Mr. Glendening, 59, and Jennifer E. Crawford, 35, were married Friday in a civil ceremony. Saturday at the Governor's Mansion, they had a small formal ceremony that was attended by members of their immediate families. Mrs. Crawford will continue to use her maiden name.
Mike Morrill, the governor's communications director, said Mrs. Crawford gave notice more than two weeks ago that she would resign from her state job. Friday was her last day on the payroll.
It is the third marriage for Mr. Glendening, whose divorce from Frances Hughes Glendening, 50, was final in November. They were married nearly 25 years. The governor's first marriage to Lynn V. Shaw in 1963 ended in divorce eight years later.
Rumors about a romantic relationship between Mr. Glendening and his current wife surfaced shortly after Mr. Glendening separated in July 2000 from Frances Hughes Glendening, but Mr. Glendening has refused to answer any questions about his private life.
As Mr. Glendening's wife, Mrs. Crawford will have the unofficial title of Maryland's first lady and will be at the governor's side at dinners, receptions and other social events during the remaining 11 months of his administration.
Mr. Morrill said he did not know if she will pursue any particular interest as first lady. Governors' wives sometimes use their positions to advance special causes. Frances Hughes Glendening made promotion of the arts in Maryland part of her agenda.
Robert Duckworth, clerk of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, said he was asked early last week to perform the civil ceremony, which took place about 4 p.m. Friday in the Governor's Mansion.
"They looked very happy together," he said. "The governor is ready to move on to the next phase of his life, I suppose, with his new bride."
Mr. Duckworth said the first ceremony was attended only by four or five family members.
Mr. Morrill said he did not know where the couple is spending their honeymoon. The governor is scheduled to return to work Thursday.
The marriage is the first for Mrs. Crawford.
Mr. Glendening was elected to his second term as governor in 1998. Because of term limits, he cannot run this year for re-election.

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