Terry Rakolta is a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is married to John Rakolta, the CEO of Walbridge, and the General Consul for Romania's Honorary General Consulate in Detroit., And they have four children, three daughters:Paige, Eileen and Lauren and a son, John Rakolta, Jr.
Rakolta's sister, Ronna Romney, is a Republican political activist and radio talk show host, who was formerly married to G. Scott Romney, the son of former Michigan governor George Romney and brother of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Rakolta's husband was a National Chairman for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign., her daughter Lauren was also a major figure in Mitt Romney's campaign and previously had worked for Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts. She is currently the finance director for Rick Snyder's campaign to be governor of Michigan.
"Married… with Children boycott"
Rakolta was prompted to write to the sponsors of Married… with Children after watching the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over" on January 15, 1989, in which Al Bundy and his friend Steve purchase a bra for Al's wife, Peggy. Several sponsors decided to cancel their commercials in response.
Fox responded to the boycott by moving the show's time slot from 8:30 to 9 PM and toning down the level of "raunch" in the series, reducing the amount of sexual content and implied nudity. Fox also decided not to air a potentially offensive episode titled "I'll See You in Court". Known as the "Lost Episode", it was finally aired in 2002 on FX and was packaged with the rest of the third season in the 2005 DVD release. The episode has aired outside America as a regular episode of season three ever since the show went into syndication.
Rakolta made several appearances on television talk shows and news programs at the time, including Nightline.
However, the boycott did little economic damage to Fox and to Married… with Children. A year after the boycott, nearly all the defecting advertisers had returned, and ratings were higher. Rakolta herself felt that her boycott had contributed to the show's higher viewership.
Rakolta later founded "Americans for Responsible Television" to fight against other shows that she deemed offensive, including shows by Phil Donahue and Howard Stern.