10 Soap Opera Politicians Who'd Get Our Vote
No. 4: Greg Sumner, Knots Landing
When Mac MacKenzie's (Kevin Dobson) old law school pal Greg Sumner (William Devane) announced a run for the state senate, Mac and his do-gooder wife Karen (Michele Lee) thought he was the man for the job. Mac even went to work for Sumner, heading up his Senate Crime Commission. Little did he realize, the biggest crook in Knots Landing was his boss! Well, almost the biggest crook...
In truth that title went to Karen's sister-in-law Abby Fairgate (Donna Mills), who convinced Greg to provide her with an illegal land variance to build Lotus Point. When Greg's treacherous dealings with Abby came to light, he pinned his involvement on Mac. I guess these two didn't spend a lot of time humming "That's What Friends Are For" during the 80's.
Greg later realized his brand of shameless duplicity was much more suited to big business than the state senate. He inherited Galveston Industries from his father and promptly renamed it Sumner Group. Meanwhile, Mac spent the rest of the decade, and the beginning of the next, trying to expose one of Sumner's ruthless schemes or another.
Greg and Mac didn't only tangle on the business front. Things became personal when Greg began romancing single mom Laura Avery (Constance McCashin), who just so happened to be one of the MacKenzie's best friends, and their Seaview Circle neighbor.
When Laura died of cancer, a devastated Greg gave their daughter Meg to Karen and Mac to raise. He later became romantically involved with Mac's long-lost daughter Paige Mathison (Nicollette Sheridan). Politics make strange bedfellows, indeed!