Ah, the joys of holy matrimony.
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a column noting that my wife, Sarah Duniway, did legal work for at least one candidate and many of the political groups I cover. It turns out she has a new client: Mark Dayton’s recount fund.
As I noted last year, Sarah doesn’t tell me her clients (I found out about this one from a reporter). When I do learn of a connection, I’ll choose transparency with readers over recusal from the topic. You can factor the family connection into whatever you think of my work.
If you don’t already trust me, skip this part, but Sarah doesn’t talk about her clients nor does she feed me inside information — and vice versa. I’m not shy about my opinions, which are independent of her paydays, but remain committed to pursuing facts and evaluating them as fairly as I can. Part of that evaluation is whether I can be fair.
Again, you can find a longer discussion of our dinner-table process here.