According to the anonymous source, Ivory has been romantically attached to Ivory for decades. The affair reportedly began sometime in the mid-1970s, when the couple explored their mutual feelings while watching an episode of the popular sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
For some political observers, the close personal relationship between a state representative and a lobbyist raises serious concerns about conflict of interest. Josh Kanter of Alliance for a Better Utah believes the connection may have influenced Ivory’s work in the Utah legislature.
“It’s pretty clear that Rep. Ivory has shown an interest in the public lands issue, and this revelation seems to suggest it was a very personal interest,” Kanter said. “An elected official abuses the public’s trust by doing something like this behind our backs.”
To make matters worse, Ivory’s wife and fellow lobbyist Rebecca Ivory reportedly has engaged in intimate relations with Ivory. Ivory, who was sponsored legislation endorsed by both Ivorys, has even fathered children with Ivory’s wife. It is unclear if Ivory’s wife, lobbyist Rebecca Ivory, was aware of either affair.
Neither Ivory nor Ivory could be reached for comment.