Romance Blooms on Capitol Hill

Romance may be in the air for two of the better-known House members: Entertainer Sonny Bono’s widow and the son of a former U.S. senator.

Members of the Florida delegation have been atwitter over frequent sightings of Reps. Mary Bono, R-Calif., and Connie Mack IV, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill.

Both Bono and Mack recently announced their marriages were ending.

Bono announced her separation from second husband Glenn Baxley last month, and Mack announced his separation from wife Ann in August.

When asked Friday about the relationship, Mack chief of staff Jeff Cohen would only say: “Connie’s marriage was in trouble for a long time. Beyond that, he doesn’t feel it’s appropriate to comment on his personal life.”

Bono chief of staff Frank Cullen Jr. said Bono “is going through a difficult time.”

“My boss recently filed for divorce and out of respect for all the things she’s going through, we’re not going to comment on her private life.”

When asked to deny that the two were seeing each other Cullen would only say, “the statement speaks for itself.”

Bono is the widow of former Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif., who entered Congress after a well-known entertainment career as half of the Sonny and Cher duo. Mack is the son of former Sen. Connie Mack, R-Fla.

(Contact Amie Parnes at parnesa(at)