A Wyoming politician who’s difficult Rep. Liz Cheney for her congressional seat admitted this week to impregnating a 14-year-old woman when he was 18 — and even in contrast the connection to “Romeo and Juliet,” in accordance to a report
Republican state Sen. Anthony Bouchard went on to confess that he married the woman when she was 15, divorced her three years later and that she killed herself at age 20, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
“So, bottom line, it’s a story when I was young, two teenagers, girl gets pregnant,” he stated in a Facebook Live video he posted Thursday. “You’ve heard those stories before. She was a little younger than me, so it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.”
Bouchard, who’s hoping to beat Cheney within the race for the GOP nomination within the state, stated he posted the video to get out forward of the story, which he believed was about to be leaked.
His social media posting solely gave a imprecise account of what occurred between him and the woman, however he later confirmed particulars to the Casper Star-Tribune about his and the women age on the time of the being pregnant.
He additionally stated that he was in a position to marry the woman at age 15 in Florida, which permits such unions with the permission of a choose and a mother or father if a being pregnant is concerned.
In his Facebook video, he portrayed the incident for instance of his robust pro-life beliefs.
“A lot of pressure. Pressure to abort a baby. I got to tell you. I wasn’t going to do it, and neither was she,” he stated. “And there was pressure to have her banished from their family. Just pressure. Pressure to go hide somewhere. And the only thing I could see as the right thing to do was to get married and take care of him.”
Bouchard stated that he took care of his son — who he stated is now “almost estranged” from him after his ex-wife’s loss of life.
“You know, this thing ended in kind of a bitter divorce. All the odds were against us,” he continued.
“We later became friends. She had problems in another relationship. Her dad had committed suicide. For whatever reason she decided to do the same.”
Bouchard stated that he opted to disclose the knowledge after he discovered an opposition analysis agency and a “U.K. media reporter” have been digging into the matter, arguing that he is the “front runner” within the race.
“I’ve heard reports over a week ago calling family members, even offering to compensate them for anything they would give up on me. That’s dirty,” Bouchard stated. “That also tells you I’m in the lead, because they wouldn’t be doing this to me if I wasn’t in the lead. They wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t the front-runner.”
“We know the company that started this investigation. It’s a political opposition research company. We know who they are and then it turned into a U.K. media reporter, is who’s called me,” he stated.
Businessman Darin Smith, state Rep. Chuck Gray, Cheyenne resident Bryan Eugene Keller, former Pavillion Mayor Marissa Joy Selvig and Bouchard are all trying to unseat Cheney, who got here below fireplace for her criticisms of former President Trump and his unfounded assertion that he received the 2020 election, repeatedly calling on the celebration to distance itself from him.
Cheney was lately ousted from her GOP management place due to her “Never Trump” stance.
Despite touchdown in sizzling water together with her colleagues Cheney has has remained agency in her stance, arguing that Americans deserve to know the reality concerning the election.