McGurk's wife: I've become 'collateral damage'
Brett McGurk during testimony before the Senate.
June 15th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

McGurk's wife: I've become 'collateral damage'

The wife of Brett McGurk, the president's pick to be ambassador to Iraq, whose nomination is in jeopardy following recent revelations of questionable conduct, said Friday she feels "targeted" over recent reports that led to her resignation as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

"I've never felt so vulnerable, so targeted and so exposed as I have in the last two weeks," Gina Chon wrote in an email to friends, obtained by CNN. "I feel like I have become collateral damage in this process."

McGurk, who served in the administrations of  President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, has come under scrutiny since salacious emails with Chon were made public, revealing the two carried on an affair while they were stationed in Baghdad in 2008. They later married, but the emails and ensuing revelations led to Chon's resignation from her post Tuesday at the Journal and Senate leaders have indicated they may delay a vote on McGurk's confirmation.

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  7. CarmenSo

    This is only a scandal; because Republicans still live in 1905 where women weren't allowed to date without a chaperon and her father had to approve all male admirers

    June 19, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
  8. FormerPresidentBarackObama?

    Very Prophetic!

    June 18, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  9. lisequinn

    Why would she resign? Were they not both single at the time? Are they not married now – why would this be a scandal? Two consenting adults meeting, dating, marrying?

    June 18, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • zumaque1

      The "extended" article indicates he was married.

      June 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • CarmenSo

        Maybe i missed that part in the extended article but i didn't see anywhere that said he was married

        June 19, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  10. mo

    Former President Barack Obama?? I know I've been out of the country for almost 5 months but hell im pretty sure hes still the president.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
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    This guy is done. Why are we still even talking about this. He should be lucky to any have a security clearance after this.

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  13. GhostCoyote

    How is she collatoral damage? She was a prime player in the scandal. And if she feels threatened or targeted by the media, then maybe this is just a case of Kharma biting her in the ass, seeing has how she was a part of that world (granted I don't know exactly what beat she was assigned to or any specific articles she may have written. I'm generalizing about the media as a community in general being vultures and bullies)

    June 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  14. William H

    From the article.

    "McGurk, who served in the administrations of former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush"

    President Obama is not a former president.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Roger

      I saw that too. I was thinking; wait a minute,has CNN called this race already?

      June 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • voodkokk

      He will be after November

      June 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  15. LibsRLoony

    Waaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh went the liberal victim.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply

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