Domenici news stuns New Mexico

Posted at: 02/20/2013 7:36 AM
Updated at: 02/20/2013 6:49 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4; The Associated Press

Former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici is acknowledging he fathered a son outside his marriage three decades ago.

Statements from the New Mexico Republican and the son's mother, Michelle Laxalt, of Alexandria, Va. - provided to KOB by a former Domenici spokesman -  identify Domenici as the father of Las Vegas lawyer Adam Paul Laxalt.

Read Domenici's statement here.

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

Read Michelle Laxalt's statement here.

Laxalt says they're disclosing Domenici's fatherhood because she believed someone would shop a story to the media to smear Domenici.

In his statement, Domenici says he's sorry that he caused hurt and disappointment for his wife and other family members.

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Domenici served six Senate terms. He didn't run for re-election in 2008.

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