Thursday, February 21, 2013

Golden Oldie

Former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) acknowledged that he fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife.

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.

What the senator did in his private life is his business.  Judge not and all that.  Unless, of course, he made a lot of noise about other peoples’ morals and transgressions.  Then he’s fair game.

And oh look, he was all over Bill Clinton and voted to impeach him because he got a blow job.  And he voted against every piece of pro-LGBT legislation that came his way.  But he knocked up one of his Senate colleague’s daughters and that’s just one night’s mistake.

It’s the same old song.

HT to digby.

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  1. The Spartan Ethic strikes again – doesn’t matter what you do; what matters is whether you get caught.

    I love this part: Domenici had agreed to keep his fatherhood secret because of their connections to the Senate. Because Family Values, and all. FSM forbid the GOTea would actually admit that two adults would get together and have an “accident”. And of course she couldn’t admit anything substantial, because that would make her a slut and place her among those Other people for having a baby while not married to the father; and of course he couldn’t admit anything because Marriage Is Sacred, or something.

    This is good too: 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. It only matters when it’s about to be made public some other way.

    And there’s this: Michelle Laxalt has been recognized as one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington, and has appeared as a cable news pundit. I suppose nothing confers influence like having a Family Values Senator’s bastard to raise. “Unless my client gets [insert concession to be added to pending legislation here], I’m going to the Washington Post with the full scoop.”

    On the plus side, at least he wasn’t (so far as we know) keeping a rentboy while he was voting against all those LGBT bills.

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