New Mexico Senator’s Illegitimate Child With Another Senator’s Daughter
Pete Domenici, a former six term member of the U.S. Senate from New Mexico, admitted Wednesday that he had sired an illegitimate child over 30 years ago while having an extramarital affair with Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt, when both he and Laxalt were in office. Michelle Laxalt has since gone on to become a prominent lobbyist in Washington. In a statement to the Albuquerque Journal, Domenici finally fessed up because the information was soon to become public through another source.
Although the story of a Senator fathering a child with the daughter of the colleague received a fair amount of attention, it was viewed as an historic curio as much as a breaking news story. After all, Domenici’s illegitimate son, Adam Laxalt, is now well over 30 and both Domenici and Paul Laxalt are long since retired. However, had the news come out at the time, it would have been an explosive scandal that likely would have overshadowed the first term of fellow Republican Ronald Reagan and, more likely than not in those more genteel times, led to Domenici’s resignation.
The story would have remained the exact same. The only difference would simply be when it became public. Domenici’s affair is still news now but it’s a bit harder for journalists to get worked up about a sex scandal where the protagonist is 80 years old.
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