New York power broker and former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato, 76, and his wife, Katuria, 48, are working through "personal issues," Newsday reports.
"The only priority Senator and Katuria D'Amato have is their children," Gary Lewi, a family spokesman, said in a statement. "While they seek to resolve personal issues they remain completely focused on the well-being of their son and daughter and will have no further comment." The couple have a son, 6, and daughter, 4.
The D'Amatos were married in 2004 at a political- and celebrity-filled wedding at Oheka Castle in Huntington, Long Island (more recently the scene of an attempted hit on its politically connected owner).
Republican D'Amato, who now runs Park Strategies, one of the state's largest lobbying companies, was known during his 18 years in office as Senator Pothole, for the close attention he paid to constituent services. D'Amato served until 1999, when he was replaced by Democrat Chuck "A News Conference Every Sunday" Schumer. (Thanks Al!)