10 Soap Opera Politicians Who'd Get Our Vote
No. 3: Ross Marler, Guiding Light
It may be hard for viewers who began watching Guiding Light later in its run to imagine Ross Marler (Jerry verDorn) as anything but an upstanding citizen, husband and father. He showcased none of those qualities when he defended Roger Thorpe (the late Michael Zaslow) against marital rape charges back in 1979. Over a decade and some change later, a much more mellow Ross fell in love with Roger's ex-wife Holly (Maureen Garrett), who supported him during a bid for the Senate.
Ross Marler's political dreams were kept from becoming a reality, due to his involvement with the volatile Thorpes. Blake (Sherry Stringfield, Liz Keifer)—Roger and Holly's scheming daughter—began throwing herself at Ross. She wanted to pay her mother back for exposing her various lies to hubby Alan-Michael Spaulding (Rick Hearst).
As much as he tried to fight it, Ross was intensely attracted to the daughter of his fiancée. When a furious Holly found Blake and Ross in bed together, she not only told Roger about their affair, but sent pictures of her ex and daughter to a trashy tabloid!
Despite his scandalous liaisons with the mother-daughter duo, Ross manged to be elected Senator. However, when Roger blackmailed him with video footage of Blake breaking into his opponent's campaign office, Ross decided to step down. He didn't step away from Blake though. The two married (on multiple occasions) and had three children together, before Ross died during a plane crash in 2006.