Former colleagues react to Domenici's acknowledgement of son

Posted at: 02/20/2013 12:19 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Retired New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici has acknowledged that he fathered a son outside of his marriage more than 30 years ago with the then-24-year-old daughter of a Senate colleague.

The revelation stunned many who know the state's longest-serving senator as a family man who advocated honesty.

Former New Mexico Republican Party chairman Edward Lujan said he had heard rumors about the child years ago, but didn't pay much attention to them. He said it had nothing to do with how Domenici did his job.

Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Garrey Carruthers said he doubts doubted the revelations will impact Domenici's strong legacy.

Carruthers said Domenici called him Tuesday night to tell him the story was coming out.

Michelle Laxalt identified their son as Nevada attorney Adam Paul Laxalt.

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