Some Supporters Of Nevada Governor Concerned About Fallout Over Divorce

RENO (AP) - Some supporters of Gov. Gibbons say they're concerned about the potential political fallout of his decision to seek a divorce from his wife of 22 years midway through his first term.

Gibbons, who has said he plans to seek re-election in 2010, cited incompatibility in filing for the divorce from Dawn Gibbons on May 2.

Conservative activist Chuck Muth of Carson City says some Gibbons supporters are starting to wonder if he'll seek a second term and if a search for another Republican candidate should begin.

Republican strategist Ryan Erwin of Las Vegas says Gibbons faces
enough challenges and a drawn-out divorce won't help him.

The divorce case is the latest in a series of difficulties for the Republican governor, including a pending corruption investigation by the FBI and claims by a Las Vegas cocktail waitress that he assaulted her in a parking garage after she rebuffed his advances just before his 2006 election.

Many of Gibbons' supporters think he still can revive his administration in the remaining two years of his term with a strong performance during the 2009 Legislature.

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