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Sam Wilkinson: Republican Grifters Gotta Grift: Pete Domenici Edition

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Sources believed to be reliable report that Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) was a complete non-presence in his son Adam's life…

Sam Wilkinson:

Secret Children For Me, No Gay Marriage For Thee!: Pete Domenici used to be a Senator and a conservative one… staunchly oppose[d to] anything that might benefit gay citizens. The Defense of Marriage Act? He was for that. A 2004 Constitutional Amendment that would have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman? He was for that. A 2006 Constitutional Amendment that would have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman? He was for that too. He enjoyed a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign. He was a man who stood athwart history yelling “Stop!” as the saying goes, steadfastly advocating the morality that he grew up with, swearing that marriage as an institution was the sort of thing that must be defended against the mongrel horde.

Funny thing… he just could not find the time to tell anybody about the secret son fathered as a result of an extramarital affair… she was 24 (he was 46 at the time) and the daughter of another serving Senator, Nevada’s Paul Laxalt… did not bother to inform either his wife Nancy (a woman he’d only been married to since the 1950s) or their eight children about his new child; they found out only several months ago….

Domenici is… after all, a product of his generation, one in which men commonly had extramarital sex with their coworkers’ conservative daughters and then also fathered out-of-wedlock children with those conservative daughters and then also did not tell anybody about a secret out-of-wedlock child and then also continued to insist publicly that his moral vision should become law and then also continued to vote for laws that would force his moral vision onto people whether they were interested in it or not or and then… wait, what? That’s not what men of his generation did, is it? That’s not the culture he was raised in, was it?

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