Saying he was “very sorry for my behavior,” former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has revealed that he secretly fathered a son more than 30 years ago with the daughter of former Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.).
“More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside of my marriage,” the 80-year-old Domenici said in a statement to the Albuquerque Journal. “The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she,” said Domenici, who served six terms in the Senate.
He said his wife, Nancy, and family have known about the affair for “several months.” He said he decided to go public because the news apparently was about to break elsewhere.
“I have apologized as best as I can to my wife, and we have worked together to strengthen our relationship,” Domenici said.
“I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior,” he said. “I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression.”