Carmelita Rainer was Patrick Darling's transgender lover. When Tripp discovers this, he forces Patrick to end the affair, which sends him spiraling into a depression.

He eventually restarts the relationship, which his father continually tries put a stop to. As Ellen Darling becomes aware of her husband's affair, she is initially composed, but then becomes determined to take care of Carmelita. At the end of the first season, Carmelita is abducted by someone hired by Ellen. She later resurfaces as the election draws near, but temporarily ends the relationship when discovering the truth behind Ellen's death.

Eventually her love towards Patrick is proved stronger, and she once again is reunited with him. However - their relationship is put to a tragic end, as Carmelita is shot to death at Patrick's inauguration, only minutes before Patrick had planned to go public with their love.

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