Several days before her much-anticipated open hearing in divorce court Wednesday, Rep. Enid Greene Waldholtz has sold her Cottonwood Heights home.
Realtor Hugh Smith, who listed the house on 6691 Benecia Way weeks ago for $349,900, said Tuesday he sold it Saturday for about that amount."It was a very good offer," said Smith, explaining that he could not reveal the exact sale price, however, until the deal formally closes. He said all indications are it will proceed as proposed. It also hinges on per-mis-sion that is expected from the court handling the Waldholtz divorce.
The sale is a dollop of good news in an otherwise bleak year for Waldholtz, who has clung to office despite the scandal over funding her election bid in 1994 and an alleged simultaneous $1.7 check-kiting scam. Campaign-spending revelations were accompanied by ugly personal fallout that saw her file for divorce late last year from her estranged husband, Joe Waldholtz, while he disappeared for several days to avoid questions about the campaign he managed.
Enid, who has said the whole affair has left her virtually penniless, was scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon in an open court hearing before 3rd District Court Commissioner Lisa Jones.
She has publicly blamed Joe entirely for the scandal, a theme repeated in her divorce papers that maintain her husband is unfit to care for their baby daughter, Elizabeth, who was born in September 1995.
Citing incidents of "erratic and bizarre" behavior, Enid and her attorneys have also said Joe is a prescription-drug abuser. And they have hinted he is a closet homosexual.
Joe's responses have ranged from those of a wounded and chivalrous suitor to angry though veiled counterattacks that he has a story to tell that is rather different from Enid's.
In her divorce petition, Enid seeks permanent child custody and a later division of property. The Cottonwood Heights house, according to Enid, is her sole asset. She said she was forced to sell it because of mounting legal bills as well as basic living costs.
Smith said although the Waldholtz home sold "much faster than normal," he dismissed any notion that it might have possessed a certain cachet because of the Waldholtz connectio n.
"Frankly, I was worried it was going to go the other way," he said.
Smith said the house is listed solely in the congresswoman's name. It has four bedrooms, three baths and includes about 3,900 square feet, though not all of that area is finished.