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Stung by divorce, Nick Loeb dropping state Senate bid and pledging full refund to contributors

by George Bennett | October 13th, 2009

Anna and Nick Loeb in happier times

Anna and Nick Loeb in happier times

DELRAY BEACH — Saying he can’t run for office while going through a divorce, Nick Loeb is terminating his state Senate bid and pledging to spend more than $100,000 of his own money to give full refunds to everyone who contributed to his campaign.

Loeb, a Republican who had former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani come to Palm Beach County to headline a May fund-raiser, said he collected more than $300,000 in contributions and spent more than $100,000 on his campaign for the Palm Beach-Broward legislative seat of Senate President Jeff Atwater, who’s running for chief financial officer in 2010.

Loeb’s wife, Anna, filed for divorce this month. Nick Loeb said he and his wife have been separated since July, when he said Anna Loeb reconnected with an old boyfriend while she was visiting her native Sweden.

Anna Loeb’s attorney, Michael Walsh, was not immediately reachable this afternoon to comment on Nick Loeb’s version events.

“I wish things could be different. This is not what I wanted. I have tried to reconcile but this is what she wants,” Nick Loeb said.

“I didn’t think it’s very fair to my supporters to run a campaign while I go through a divorce at the same time,” Loeb said while sitting in the living room of his 4,400-square-foot house on Lake Ida. The room was cluttered with boxes of what Loeb said are belongings his wife wants shipped to her.

Loeb’s departure from the Senate race comes as no surprise to politics watchers. Since at least August, when Anna Loeb was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Boca Raton, there’s been little evidence of a Loeb campaign.

The wealthy and politically connected Loeb, son of former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark and UN delegate John Loeb, originally filed to run for a state House seat in the spring. But he switched to the Senate race in May after Atwater announced he was running for CFO. He faced a tough GOP primary against state Reps. Carl Domino of Jupiter and Ellyn Bogdanoff of Fort Lauderdale. Democratic state Rep. Kelly Skidmore of Boca Raton is also running for the District 25 Senate seat.

When a candidate terminates a campaign, he can give unused money to charity or his political party or return contributions on a pro-rata basis to donors. Rather than give contributors a partial refund, Loeb said he plans to put more than $100,000 of his own money into his campaign before formally shutting it down so he can give 100 percent refunds.

Loeb said he plans to remain in South Florida and concentrate on his consulting business that helps clients increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Loeb, who lost a 2005 campaign for Delray Beach city commission, didn’t rule out return to politics sometime in the future, but said, “I just need some time for myself to get through this ordeal.”

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7 Responses to “Stung by divorce, Nick Loeb dropping state Senate bid and pledging full refund to contributors”

  1. Nick Loeb drops out of Senate race, cites divorce | Palm Beach & South Florida gossip & celebrity news | Jose Lambiet’s Says:

    [...] Senate hopeful Nick Loeb dropped out of the District 25 race a day after Page2Live reported that his Swedish wife had filed for [...]

  2. bernie Says:

    wow, a very stand up thing to do, sounds like his wife sucks, screwing around during a serious and important time, typical south florida change, i am sure she was nice before she came here

  3. PreGame Says:

    Bravo Loeb. The press that has been slamming Nick when he was the victim in the entire drama. About time he set the record straight and in a polite and mature manner. I don’t know either of you personally, but people seem to lose focus on the real issues… what your political platform is/was, not what is behind your doors at home or what you did with some stupid movie in your youth. From the recent articles your wife was being praised for her behavior and admired for her looks (which are nice, but a dime a dozen – true beauty is on the inside), and you were getting bashed like you deserved her to leave. The press can be very unfair.

  4. She was a drunk anyway Says:

    She was a drunk and a liar anyway.Fooling around behind Nick’s back.Leave that phony in the dust.Looks aren’t everything that’s for sure.Some trophy she turned out to be.She gets an award for drunk,liar,philanderer,DUI,cheating wife of the year award.

  5. Wexler, Loeb Out; Are Ring, Waldman In? : Says:

    [...] told the Palm Beach Post he can’t deal with his pending divorce and his campaign at the same [...]

  6. Nic Says:

    Carpetbagger with personal family problems that were unresolved when HE decided to run for political office.

    Poor critical thinking skills. Get your act together. Flaw thinking.

  7. Paulo Says:

    I know Nick Loeb and his father personally for many years! I am not surprised by the way he handled this situation. Nick is an upstanding guy with impeccable moral standards.
    He has always wanted to serve his country like his father did. His divorce is unfortunate, but life goes on and Nick deserves to be happy. Wish you the best my friend!

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