The McLean Ear: Well-known Split Power Couple Put Mansion Up for Sale, Trouble for the Lugars

We Hear to Tell

Was It the Divorce? Surrey Hill, the jaw-dropping Georgian-style mansion, belonging to Ed and Edwina Rogers, he the well-connected Washington lobbyist, is for sale.

Asking price: $8 million. Assessed value: $5 million.

The Washington Post reported the Republican power couple acrimoniously split in 2010.

The 15,000 square foot, two-story brick mansion sits on four acres of land and includes seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, four fireplaces, four-car garage and a swimming pool, according to Fairfax County property records.

The real estate ad says the pool is heated and there is a putting green.

The New Republic further described the home in a 2006 story about how a bevy of the Republican elite including former Vice President Dick Cheney, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich,editor William Kristol, commentator Pat Buchanan all lived in McLean.

Problems with a McLean Address. Indiana's senior senator Richard Lugar and wife Charlene have lived in McLean for 35 years. Last week, an Indiana County election board ruled therefore they were ineligble to vote in ----Indiana.

The Democratic-controlled (Marion) county election board ruled 2-1 on March 15,   that Dick and Charlene Lugar lost their eligibility to vote after the Lugars sold their Indianapolis home in 1977 when Lugar began serving in the U.S. Senate, the New York Times reported. The Lugars are appealing.

By the way, Sen. Lugar just happens to be running for reelection this year.

What a Way to Go. McLean business neighbor Gannett has said goodbye to its chronically ill CEO with $32 million.

This largesse comes from the nation's largest newspaper owner that continues to layoff editors, reporters and copy editors across the country. Gannett's stock price plummeted by 86 percent while Dubow was CEO, dropping from $72.69 to $10.45, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dubow, who lives in Great Falls, resigned last October after six years as Gannett CEO and 30 years with the company. He stepped down after taking two medical leaves during 2010 and 2011 to deal with hip and back ailments, the Chronicle reported.

Gannett, the owner of USA Today and more than 80 other U.S. newspapers disclosed the details of Dubow's compensation in a regulatory filing last week, the Chronicle reported.

Full Disclosure: McLean Patch is a Gannett stockholder.

If you hear news, or better still gossip that needs checking, let us know. TheMcLeanEar@gmail.com

Rob March 23, 2012 at 01:31 PM
It was the Northwest Indiana Times, not The New York Times


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