Bachelor Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), out with a new e-book to pair with his presidential run, has opened up about his past loves.
In My Story, Graham writes, “I’ve never married. I guess I attribute that to timing, too. The opportunity never presented itself at the right time, or I never found time to meet the right girl, or the right girl was smart enough not to have time for me.”
“I haven’t been lucky that way,” he says of marriage. “But I have a family,” he adds of his sister, who’s married with two children.
Graham says he had two serious relationships while overseas with the Air Force: a JAG officer named Carol and a Lufthansa flight attendant named Sylvia.
“She was a great lawyer and an even better person and we had a blast together,” he wrote of Carol. “But tours of duty end and people move on. Such is life in the military. Carol returned to the States, got married, raised a family, and served on Colin Powell’s staff.”
The relationship with Sylvia “became serious quickly,” he said. “At one point, I thought I would propose, or at least I entertained the idea.”
Asked about the relationship on CNN yesterday, Graham “her mother was elderly in Vienna; I wanted to go back to South Carolina, and she wanted to stay in Vienna.”
“But that time in my life, you know, I was raising my sister. I had gotten through law school. The Air Force had stationed me in South Carolina so my sister could finish high school,” said Graham, whose parents had died by this time in his life.
“When she was in college, for the first time I had some time to myself. And I enjoyed being a prosecutor, traveling all over Europe,” the senator added. “I met Sylvia, some other nice people, young ladies over there. That was probably the best time in my life.”