A Closer Look at Karen Santorum

So, we’ve delved into the histories of Callista Gingrich and Ann Romney. But this Republican primary season is proving to be nothing if not unpredictable. Now, Rick Santorum is surging. Let’s take a look at Rick Santorum’s wife Karen.

Karen Garver was born April 22, 1960, in Pittsburgh. She is one of twelve children in a Catholic family.

Mrs. Santorum’s record in recent years has been squeaky clean. She has a bit of a checkered past, however, having spent much of her 20s living with a man 40 years older, a divorced father of 6 grown children who also happened to be an abortion doctor. Oddly enough, the doctor, Tom Allen, also delivered Karen Santorum. “Karen was a lovely girl, very intelligent and sweet,” says Allen, who at 92 is still around.

Karen’s parents were not happy with the situation, nor was Allen’s youngest daughter, Candy, who was Karen’s age. Allen treated Karen well, buying her a piano and taking her to Europe several times. Karen was a neonatal nurse at the time, and she had enrolled in law school. The couple broke up after six years because Karen wanted to have kids, “and that was something I had already done,” said Allen.

Shortly after leaving Allen, Karen met Rick Santorum. He was recruiting interns for his law firm, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, and he chose her. The Santorums married in 1990, and they have 7 living children: Elizabeth, Richard, Daniel, Sarah, Peter, Patrick, and Isabella. Another son, Gabriel, was born prematurely and lived just two hours. Karen Santorum has written a book about Gabriel’s story, “Letters to Gabriel.”

The Santorums’ youngest daughter, Isabella, has a genetic defect known as Trisomy 18. I’ve written more about Bella Santorum here.

Karen Santorum is currently at stay-at-home mom to her seven children, and she home-schools them all. She’s a fairly private person, and my digging has failed to turn up much in the way of her interests and causes she supports. Most everything I can find online about her deals with her “shocking past” … I find that sad. She has written a book about the importance of teaching children manners — it looks wonderful. I regret that it’s out of stock currently.

 

5 thoughts on “A Closer Look at Karen Santorum

  1. I found this very interesting. I knew nothing about Karen Santorum. I watch with interest her husband’s climb in the polls. They call it “David and Goliath!” Sounds like there’s a good chance Hoosiers will be able to vote for him, if desired.

  2. Thanks for this. I am so sickened by the attacks on Karen. They are beyond disgusting. Amazing how people can ‘forgive’ Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs (!) and lying to the American public, yet they focus on something this woman (note – a non-candidate) did that was foolish and while she was in her 20s!
    I don’t know too many 20 -somethings who don’t do foolish things. Last I checked no one can walk on water and we are all sinners. You know, it would be relevant, vile and evil if we found out she was a pedophile or something criminal. But she screwed up and I bet she would say so, but no one, no one, has bothered to speak with her about her past. I bet you she would say – by the grace of God – she changed her life path. She should be commended for this change, not smeared in the press for it.

  3. Mrs. Santorum is impressive for her personal accomplishments, which would be even more impressive if she was not a “political wife.” In short, for her to stand next to her husband at a rally in this year’s Republican presidential primary in Iowa and listen to him call himself the “Jesus” candidate and to agree openly with him that sex outside of marriage is a sin and that abortion is uniformly evil no matter the circumstances makes for high theater and certainly for grand hypocrisy once her personal history is known. One has a right to try to outlive one’s past, but one does not have the right to hypocrisy such as a man like Gingfrich seems to try to do. Clinton at least does not spend time trying to talk about such issues as if he is a role model. We are all sinners for sure (although I have never had affairs or sex outside marriage), but I personally despise hypocrites like the Santorums. If the two of them are such big supporters of being Christians Catholic style, why is it they did not send their children to private Catholic schools? Could it be that they did not want to pay for it or is it that the Santorums want to exert complete control over their children?

  4. Yes I would love to see Karen Santorum as First Lady of the United States of America!!!!

    Rick Santorum 2012

    Sad part is I ‘m only 16:( But I can still practice for when I’m 18;)

  5. I have been watching the Republican search for their next presidential candidate and have sadly come to the conclusion that Senator Santorum is too honorable to lead our country. God has blessed him with a beautiful family, he should just go home and spend his time with his little precious daughter. Regretfully, I have come to the conclusion that America deserves the consequences of our shallow self-motivated actions. May God have mercy on us.

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