When it comes to political scandals, they usually tend to brake when the person or persons are either in office or trying to get elected to a position. That is what makes this incident different than others in that Pete Domenici has been retired since 2009 as well as it happened over thirty years ago. The “it” was an affair between then Senator Domenici of New Mexico and Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former U.S. senator and Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt. Former Senator Domenici revealed the affair on Wednesday as well as admitting that he fathered a child as a result of the affair.
It was announced yesterday that the former senator of New Mexico, Pete Domenici, was involved in an extramarital affair more than 30 years ago with another senator’s daughter. Domenici also revealed that during the affair, he had fathered a son and had kept everything a secret until telling his family about it in the last “several months.”
The Albuquerque Journal reported that the 80-year-old Republican issued a statement to them saying that 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 also said that he was greatly concerned for the privacy of his son, Adam Laxalt who is 34-years-old and a lawyer in Nevada, as well as how it would impact Adam’s mother, 58-year-old Michelle Laxalt. Domenici is also the father of eight children with his current wife, Nancy.
Still living in Washington, D.C., Domenici continued saying in the statement that “My past action has caused hurt and disappointment to my wife, children, family, and others. For that I am solely responsible. 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 at one time was a former government relations lobbyist and consultant. Her father, Paul Laxalt, was a U.S. senator from 1974 to 1987 as well as a governor of Nevada. He also served at one time as the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
According to the newspaper, Domenici decided to confess about what had happened only because he believed that someone else knew about it and was ready to go public with the information. He said that “Rather than have others breach this privacy, I have decided to make this statement today. These circumstances now compel me to reveal this situation.”
The Albuquerque Journal reported that Michelle also issued a statement saying that, “one night’s mistake led to pregnancy more than 30 years ago.” She continued saying, “I chose to go through with that pregnancy, although other choices were available. 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 that while raising her son, Adam was “surrounded by love and joy and opportunity.”
She added, “I am proud of him, yet saddened that the circumstances of his birth might be used like a weapon to hurt many we love. 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?”
ABC News had emailed Adam and requested an interview with him. He responded back by saying 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.”
As for Domenici, there are some political experts in New Mexico that feel the revelation will not have an impact regarding his political legacy; however, his reputation is another matter. Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling that is an independent New Mexico polling firm, said that the news “might affect his reputation in New Mexico and Washington, D.C. These things become less and less shocking as frequency increases in D.C. and across the nation. People are talking about it, but more so as a personal tragedy that has hurt both families.”
Former GOP Senator Admits To Having Secret Son With Daughter Of Another Former GOP Senator
Former Sen. Pete Domenici confessed this week to having a secret son who is now in his adulthood. Domenici admitted that his son’s mother, Michelle Laxalt, is the daughter of another prominent Republican senator who Domenici served with in the upper chamber in the 1980s, Sen. Paul Laxalt.
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