30 years ago. And we wonder why we’re in so much trouble. Why come out with it now? Apparently they were concerned that someone was going to reveal the “sacred” situation in an effort to “tarnish” Dominici’s reputation. From this story is appears Dominici’s family only learned of this a few months ago. Can you imagine being married to a man for 60 some years, give him 8 children, and you find this out when you’re in your 80s? He and Paul Laxalt’s daughter, the mother of the child, agreed to keep it a secret because of their connections to to Senate. Amazing.

Via US News & NBC News.

Former Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico revealed Wednesday that he fathered a child outside his marriage three decades ago with the daughter of another former senator.

Domenici, 80, a Republican who served six terms in the Senate before retiring in 2008, and the mother of the child each released statements to the Albuquerque Journal acknowledging Domenici’s fatherhood.

“I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior,” Domenici said. “I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression.”

The child, now grown, was identified as Adam Paul Laxalt, a lawyer in Las Vegas. His mother, Michelle Laxalt, is the daughter of Paul Laxalt, a Republican who represented Nevada in the Senate for 12 years before leaving in 1987.

Michelle Laxalt said in her statement: “One night’s mistake led to pregnancy more than 30 years ago.” She said that she raised the son as a single mother, and that Domenici had agreed to keep his fatherhood secret because of their connections to the Senate.

Domenici and Michelle Laxalt said they were releasing the information now because they thought someone else would shop it around to media outlets to damage Domenici’s reputation.
Her statement went on to say: “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.” […]

Domenici and his wife had eight children together. Domenici, reached at home Wednesday by The Associated Press, declined further comment. His statement said that his family has known for several months, and that he has “apologized as best I can” to his wife.

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  1. Shifra says:

    What’s next? Juan McRino had a fling with Nancy Pelosi? Boehner with Sheila Jackson Lee? Hillary with… um, never mind…

  2. Kitten says:

    I can’t even begin to imagine the level of betrayal his wife is feeling, and his whole family for that matter. And for Domenici and Laxalt to say they didn’t want this “sacred situation” to smear, hurt, and dimish an “honorable” man, is simply outrageous. Clearly, they only care about themselves and keeping their dirty little secret, a secret.

    It reminds me of wife swapping, and swinging…which I don’t doubt also goes on. If these kinds of shenanigans were going on 30 years ago, it’s gotta be on steroids in today’s Washington. With the country going to hell in a hand basket with near fiscal collapse, cover-ups, defense cuts, shamnesty, Hagel, O’Bummer, etc., we hear about this kinda crap from our leaders far too often. Men who are morally bankrupt.
    And we wonder why we’re in the shape we’re in?

    Good Grief.

  3. WalkStar says:

    What about the 30-year-old man having to grow up without a dad and being referred to by his own mother as a mistake? I’ll take that eye wash when you’re done, Kitten. These people should never have been blessed with a child. We adopted our magnificent son, who now at age 13 is devoted TAM.

    • Shifra says:

      Gosh, WalkStar, didn’t you get the memo from our Fearless Leader? He would not want his daughters to be punished with a baby…. 🙁

      Your son sounds like a great kid!

  4. USApride says:

    Let me get this straight………… they want to take raising the kids out of the hands of parents so that politicians and their minions so called teachers can teach our kids right from wrong …………. uhhhhhhhh ok These politicians need to shower in bleach.

  5. Alain41 says:

    Semi-related story: Last night, no. 1 ranked women’s basketball team Baylor played at UConn, no. 3 ranked team. Baylor won and its star player passed 3,000 points.

    So what’s the big story? The male UConn coach had an idiocy attack and patted the female Baylor coach on the backside before the game. (for those not familiar with college women’s basketball, the UConn coach’s teams have won many championships and have had multiple undefeated seasons)


  6. ashleymatt says:

    First of all: GROSS.

    Secondly, why are elected officials not subject to the same restrictions as uniformed personnel: background checks, regular drug tests, code of conduct-with negative results not only being publicized but resulting in dismissal or ineligibility for office? They are supposed to be SERVING US, not covering for each other to maintain their crowns. Romney at CPAC 2010 was right: we are living in a neo-monarchy.

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