(*18*)The state senator, Anthony Bouchard, made the disclosure in a Facebook Live video posted on Thursday and in a subsequent interview with The Casper Star-Tribune, saying that the woman gave delivery to a son “more than 40 years ago” in Florida and that he married the woman after she turned 15.
(*18*)She died by suicide a number of years later, after that they had divorced and she or he had entered one other relationship, Mr. Bouchard stated.
(*18*)Mr. Bouchard sought to downplay his actions, saying in his video, “She was a little younger than me, so it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.” But underneath current Florida law, his actions can be unlawful.
(*18*)Mr. Bouchard stated he went public with the story after a newspaper reached out to him. In the Star-Tribune interview, he blamed a “political opposition research company” for spreading it.
(*18*)He used his video to spotlight his stance in opposition to abortion, saying he and the woman had resisted stress to terminate the being pregnant.
(*18*)There was “a lot of pressure, pressure to abort a baby, I got to tell you,” he stated within the 13-minute video. “I wasn’t going to do it, and neither was she. 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.”
(*18*)Mr. Bouchard is certainly one of a number of Republicans who’ve stated they are going to problem Ms. Cheney, who was kicked out of her House management place this month for criticizing former President Donald J. Trump and saying she would do every part potential to make sure he was not the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2024.