Off limits? House candidate takes a jab at his opponent's wife

A West Virginia congressional candidate got into some hot water after joking about the dating habits of an opponent’s wife.

On Friday night, at a forum of GOP primary candidates to challenge Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), businessman Mac Warner (R) recounted a conversation he had with fellow candidate Tim Stark's wife, in which (according to Warner) she jokingly said the crowd at the event would be on her husband’s side.
 
“I’m approaching the facility," Warner recounted, "and Mary tells me that I might as well just turn around and get in my truck and go on back down the road.

I said, ‘Why’s that?’ And she said, ‘Mac, I’ve dated about half the men in the room. This is my territory.’”
 
The line got plenty of laughs at the time, but Stark’s wife wasn’t one of them. 

Stark, who has been married for seven years, still denies that his wife ever said anything like that to Warner. “It was intended as a joke, and it didn’t go over very well,” he said.
 
Stark and Warner’s campaigns both said the issue has been smoothed over, with Stark saying his wife was happy with the resolution. But Stark still denied that his wife ever made the comments that Warner attributed to her.
 
Warner spokesman Anthony Conchel said Warner is known to be a gentleman and that he meant nothing derogatory. "There was no malice."