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Ex-Senator Admits to Fathering Child With Other Senator's Daughter

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Former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici revealed today that he fathered a son in an extramarital affair with another senator's daughter more than 30 years ago and has kept the secret since then, only telling his own family in the last "several months."

In a statement to the Albuquerque Journal, the 80-year-old Republican, who represented New Mexico for more than 30 years, said the mother of his son "made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she."

Domenici wrote that he was worried about the privacy of his son, a 34-year-old Nevada lawyer named Adam Laxalt, as well as the potential impact on Laxalt's mother, Michelle Laxalt, 58. Domenici has eight other children with his wife Nancy.

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"My past action has caused hurt and disappointment to my wife, children, family, and others. For that I am solely responsible," Domenici, who still lives in Washington, D.C., said in the statement. "My family has been aware of these events for several months. I have apologized as best as I can to my wife, and we have worked together to strengthen our relationship. I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior. I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression."

Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former U.S. senator and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt, is a former government relations consultant and lobbyist. Paul Laxalt was a U.S. senator from Nevada from 1974 to 1987 and served as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Domenici told the newspaper he made the confession because he believed someone else was about to make the story public.

"Rather than have others breach this privacy, I have decided to make this statement today. These circumstances now compel me to reveal this situation," Domenici said.

Michelle Laxalt also put out a statement to the Albuquerque Journal, saying, "one night's mistake led to pregnancy more than 30 years ago.

"I chose to go through with that pregnancy, although other choices were available," Laxalt wrote. "I also chose to raise my child as a single parent. Given the fact that both my father and the father of my child were United States senators, I felt strongly that I would make this choice according to my values, and would not seek advice, input or permission. My interaction with my child's father consisted of telling him my decision, asking that he avail himself for health-related purposes, and asking that he agree that this remain private between the two of us."

She said she raised her son Adam "surrounded by love and joy and opportunity."

"I am proud of him, yet saddened that the circumstances of his birth might be used like a weapon to hurt many we love," Laxalt said in the statement. "Recently information has come to me that this sacred situation might be twisted, re-written out of whole cloth, and shopped to press outlets large and small in a vicious attempt to smear, hurt and diminish Pete Domenici, an honorable man, his extraordinary wife, Nancy, and other innocents. Why after more than 30 years, would anyone insinuate pain and ugliness where joy and beauty have presided?"

Adam Laxalt returned an e mail interview request from ABC News writing that he has "lived my entire life as a private citizen and intend to remain one."

"I plan to address personal issues privately and will not be commenting or joining any public discussion," Laxalt wrote.

According to his online biography at his Las Vegas law firm, Adam Laxalt served for five years as a Naval Officer and lawyer in the U.S. Navy. He was also deployed to Iraq, where he provided legal advice on detainee detention operations.

Domenici served in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009, and was the longest serving U.S. senator in New Mexico's history. He retired in 2009 when he was diagnosed with a type of dementia. During his time in the U.S. Senate he served as the chairman of the Budget Committee and the Energy Committee.

The confession comes just days after it was revealed that Re p. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) has a secret daughter, although the congressman has never been married. He was spotted trading tweets with a young woman during the State of the Union address and his "ilu" signoffs - digital shorthand for I love you - prompted inquiries into the identity of the congressman's tweet mate. Just days later he confessed that the woman - 24 year old Victoria Brink - is his daughter whom he learned about three years ago.

ABC News' John Parkinson contributed to this report.

http://news.yahoo.com/former-senator-admits-fathering-child-other-senators-daughter-200530146--abc-news-politics.html


by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:41 AM
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Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I went to the link and checked out all the ones listed that had kids like this...I wonder how many of them are anti-birth control! LOL

IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

 Dirty little secrets...

furbabymum
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM

 A 50 year old banging a then 28 year old. Yuck!

Anyway, power corrupts.

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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Quoting futureshock:


Quoting lizmarie1975:

Her values only came into play when considering how to raise the child. Those same values obviously didn't get in her way when cheating on her husband with a married man.

How virtuous of her.

Exactly!  I especially love this line:

"I am proud of him, yet saddened that the circumstances of his birth might be used like a weapon to hurt many we love," Laxalt said in the statement. "Recently information has come to me that this sacred situation might be twisted, re-written out of whole cloth, and shopped to press outlets large and small in a vicious attempt to smear, hurt and diminish Pete Domenici, an honorable man, his extraordinary wife, Nancy, and other innocents. Why after more than 30 years, would anyone insinuate pain and ugliness where joy and beauty have presided?"


Joy and beauty presided because his wife and kids didn't KNOW.  It seems that she's passing the blame on to others when instead it was her and the senator who caused the pain and ugliness.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

 

Wouldn't have to be, if we could get everyone to turn of American Idol (wait that has pretty much happened), turn off the Kardashians, and pay attention, we could right this ship.

Not a lot of hope though.

Quoting PinkParadox:

And these are the people running our country...


 

ashellbell
by shellbark on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I just don't care about anyone doesn't sex life. **shrugs** that's his business.
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MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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I hate reading stories like this one.  It's none of my business.  The young man should not have to be inundated by the media, or have the intimate details on his life splashed on every newspaper in America. 

PinkParadox
by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

It's a corrupt system, run by corrupt people..

Quoting Billiejeens:


Wouldn't have to be, if we could get everyone to turn of American Idol (wait that has pretty much happened), turn off the Kardashians, and pay attention, we could right this ship.

Not a lot of hope though.

Quoting PinkParadox:

And these are the people running our country...




grandmab125
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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 It's just another stupid article you ladies put up to try to stick it to the cons on the evil repub politicians.  This happened 30 years ago.  Who cares about it now?  It's hardly a "hot topic", and it wouldn't be news, if it was an 80 year old ex senator from the democratic party.

Oh, and by the way, I'm not very good at knitting...your little sarcastic remark, missed the target.

Quoting Goodwoman614:

 

 

Quoting grandmab125:

 And this is important or interesting, because? Sigh....

 

Current Events and Hot Topics group...*sigh*

or did you think this was your knitting group by mistake?

 

grandma B

la_bella_vita
by Bella on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM

 Pathetic

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