Former U.S. Reps. Connie Mack IV and Mary Bono Mack announced Friday they are planning to divorce.
“We are saddened to announce that we have reached the difficult decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a prepared statement. “We have nothing but respect and admiration for each other and we intend to remain on the friendliest of terms. We appreciate the love and support of our family and friends.”
Connie Mack, then a Republican congressman from Fort Myers, wed Mary Bono, then a congresswoman from California, in a private ceremony in December 2007. Mack proposed to Bono that August while on a camping trip in Moab, Utah. Mack and Bono dated for two years prior to their wedding.
The marriage was Mack’s second and Bono’s third. Bono is the widow of former Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif., who entered Congress after a well-known entertainment career as part of the Sonny and Cher duo.
Mack was defeated in his attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in November. Bono Mack was also defeated in November in her bid for reelection.