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Former governor weds campaign staffer 41 years his junior

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has announced that he has married one of his gubernatorial campaign staffers.

Mark Dayton

Posting on Facebook Sunday, the 73-year-old Dayton said he has wed 32-year-old Ana Orke, who worked on his campaign in 2010.

Acknowledging the age gap of more than four decades, Dayton said the two “realized that the love binding” them “is far deeper and more meaningful than the years that separate” them.

Dayton, the 40th governor of Minnesota from 2011 to 2019, says the two ran into each other a couple years ago in Minneapolis and the “rest is happy history.”

In addition to an interest in politics, Dayton writes the two share a love for playing — and winning — board games.

“Ana Dayton is smart, compassionate, tough, funny and impossibly good at Scrabble,” the Facebook post said.

Ana Dayton also worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign during the 2008 primaries.