Domenici acknowledges having son outside marriage

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Updated: 2/20/2013 12:54 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico is declining further comment after acknowledging he fathered a son outside his marriage three decades ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that statements released by the Republican and the son's mother, Michelle Laxalt, of Alexandria, Va., identify Domenici as the father of Las Vegas lawyer Adam Paul Laxalt.

Reached at his Washington home Wednesday morning, the 80-year-old Domenici told The Associated Press he had nothing more to say.

In his statement, he said he is "very sorry" for his behavior and hopes his accomplishments for New Mexico outweigh what he calls his "personal transgression."

Michelle Laxalt's statement said she and Domenici had agreed to keep his fatherhood secret because he and her father, ex-Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt, were senators.

 

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