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Even in looking back at her proposal, Dina says there were signs something wasn't right. Before Jim proposed, Dina says he first had a friend ask her if she would marry him. "And I thought it was very strange, but I thought perhaps he was insecure, wasn't sure if I'd say yes, and maybe afraid of denial," she says. "I said, 'Why isn't he asking me himself?' And she says, 'Well, I don't know. I guess he's afraid of rejection or afraid that you'll say no.' So I said I would."

A month and a half later, Dina says she and Jim went to Montreal. During dinner, she was getting ready to put her menu down when she saw a box on her plate. "So he looked at me and said, 'Aren't you going to open it?' So I opened it and I looked at it and I was waiting for him to say something. He didn't say anything," she says. "And he said, 'What do you think?' 'What do you mean what do I think?' 'Well,' he says, 'Well, it's a pretty significant ring.'"

Dina says she looked at him and waited longer for a proposal. "And it never happened. And he says, 'Well?' I'm like, 'Well, what?'" Dina says. "'What do you think?' [Jim asked]. I said, 'I guess yes.'"

Although she agreed to marry him, Dina says Jim never actually proposed. "He wasn't going to get on his knees," she says. "He never asked."
FROM: Dina McGreevey, Estranged Wife of the Gay Governor
Published on January 01, 2006