Utah legislator fails to convince those back home Voters believe she knew about husband's activities

November 21, 1995|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Enid Greene Waldholtz's assertions that she is the innocent victim of a duplicitous husband are not convincing the voters back home.

Recent polls conducted by her hometown newspapers in Utah show that those surveyed in Salt Lake City believe overwhelmingly that Mrs. Waldholtz, a former corporate lawyer, was fully aware of the financial problems for which she is now blaming her husband.

But, in a seeming contradiction, the polls also say that people do not want her to resign -- they just do not want her to run for re-election next year.

As the widening financial mess engulfed Mrs. Waldholtz, a freshman Republican, last week, she said she would not resign. So far, she has blamed her troubles on her husband, who is suspected of writing bad checks, manipulating accounts and mismanaging money in her campaign, her office and her personal life.

A majority of those surveyed in polls by the Deseret News of Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake Tribune said that they believed that Mrs. Waldholtz was probably or definitely not telling the truth, that she must share responsibility with her husband for the financial mess and that she could not be "an effective voice for Utah during the remainder of her term."

Mrs. Waldholtz filed divorce papers in Utah last Tuesday, just two days after her husband, Joe, 32, vanished. He surrendered Friday and is to appear tomorrow before a federal grand jury in Washington investigating a $1.7 million check-kiting scheme.

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