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Dick Morris’ Wife Says She’s Sticking By Her Best Friend Amid Scandal

September 22, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The wife of Dick Morris, who resigned from President Clinton’s re-election campaign in a sex scandal, says she’s staying with her husband _ for now _ because she can’t abandon her ``best friend.″

``I never said, `I’m standing by this man no matter what.′ Somebody else said that,″ Eileen McGann told Newsweek in a rare interview since her husband quit last month. ``I don’t know where I’m going to be six months or a year from now. I’m taking it day by day.″

Morris, architect of Clinton’s centrist re-election strategy, quit the campaign after the Star supermarket tabloid published an account of trysts between Morris and a $200-an-hour prostitute. The woman, Sherry Rowlands, said Morris often spent week nights in a Washington hotel with her and went home to his wife on weekends in West Redding, Conn.

After the scandal broke, Morris and his wife posed for a Time magazine cover and gave a press conference, resulting in a backlash among some feminists because McGann seemed to take the events in stride.

``While I’m trying very hard to understand, that doesn’t mean I don’t feel any pain or anger,″ McGann told Newsweek in the interview that appears in Sept. 30 issues, on newsstands Monday. ``I’m not happy about what he did and sometimes I think about dismembering him, and good friends have offered to help me dig up the backyard and bury him.″

For now, McGann said she’s sticking with Morris. ``I know one thing: I’m not going to leave someone who’s been my best friend for 20 years.″

As she struggles to maintain her privacy, McGann, an attorney, said she is working hard on her legal cases while her husband is at home writing a book about his time as a White House adviser for a reported $2.5 million.

``Believe, me, he is suffering terribly,″ she said. `` ... We are in the middle of a terrible, terrible trauma, and that seems to get lost in the over analysis of people who don’t know me and don’t know Dick.″

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