The Gentleman Vanishes
Last week, though, the onetime corporate lawyer's career seemed about to unravel after her husband of two years, Joe Waldholtz, 32, treasurer of her election campaign, disappeared on Saturday, Nov. 11, amid questions of campaign finance irregularities. A federal arrest warrant has been issued. On Tuesday an indignant Representative Waldholtz, 37, declared, "I want this man tracked down, arrested and punished for what he has done to me, my family and the people of Utah." By Tuesday afternoon she had filed for divorce and announced that she would seek sole custody of Elizabeth.
If her anger was understandable, her professed surprise was perplexing. During her bitterly contested congressional race last year against Democrat Karen Shepherd, there were already rumblings that Joe, a 300-pound Republican operative whom Enid called "my Adonis," was playing fast and loose with the finances. Campaign checks bounced, and American Express sued Joe for payment of a $47,000 credit-card balance. The Utah press also questioned how a whopping $1.8 million appeared in Waldholtz's coffers as Election Day drew near. Waldholtz blamed the apparent irregularities on "bookkeeping errors." Now authorities suspect that Joe, who bolted from Washington's National Airport, may have looted as much as $2 million from campaign and personal accounts. As for Enid, she is asking her constituents for understanding. "I trusted him. I was wrong," she said. "We all deserve to know the truth."
On Newsstands Now
- Kim's Delivery Room Drama!
- Katie: A Year After Split
- Princess Kate: Palace's Baby Plan Revealed
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine