Eric Mar Divorce Probably Won't Turn Voters Off

In politics, a picture-perfect family is almost always a necessary asset to running a successful campaign. Unless of course, you're in San Francisco, where voters are much more forgiving of marital dramas and other bad craziness.

Supervisor Eric Mar's campaign manager fired off a press release at 5:33 p.m. on Friday — of a holiday weekend, no less — to announce the bad news: Mar and his wife, Sandra Chin-Mar, are in the process of ending their 25-year marriage.

“Despite their separation, Eric and Sandra will share joint custody of their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. Thank you for respecting the privacy of Supervisor Mar and his family during this time,” the statement read.

The news only made headlines in a few area blogs. Perhaps that's because the supervisor timed his announcement on the cusp of a three-day weekend (and during Burning Man). Or maybe it's because the Mars have been separated for quite some time, and the supervisor has introduced his present female companion to his colleagues, at least one of whom told SF Weekly he was taken aback by the news — because he'd assumed the Mars were already divorced.

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