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A Wyoming politician who is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney for her congressional seat admitted this week to impregnating a 14-year-old girl when he was 18 — and even compared the relationship to “Romeo and Juliet,” according to a report
Republican state Sen. Anthony Bouchard went on to confess that he married the girl 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 said 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 is hoping to beat Cheney in the race for the GOP nomination in the state, said he posted the video to get out ahead of the story, which he believed was about to be leaked.
His social media posting only gave a vague account of what happened between him and the girl, but he later confirmed details to the Casper Star-Tribune about his and the girls age at the time of the pregnancy.
He also said that he was able to marry the girl at age 15 in Florida, which allows such unions with the permission of a judge and a parent if a pregnancy is involved.
In his Facebook video, he portrayed the incident as an example of his strong 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 said. “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 said that he took care of his son — who he said is now “almost estranged” from him after his ex-wife’s death.
“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 said that he opted to disclose the information after he found out an opposition research firm and a “U.K. media reporter” were digging into the matter, arguing that he is the “front runner” in 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 said. “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 said.
Businessman Darin Smith, state Rep. Chuck Gray, Cheyenne resident Bryan Eugene Keller, former Pavillion Mayor Marissa Joy Selvig and Bouchard are all attempting to unseat Cheney, who came under fire for her criticisms of former President Trump and his unfounded assertion that he won the 2020 election, repeatedly calling on the party to distance itself from him.
Cheney was recently ousted from her GOP leadership position due to her “Never Trump” stance.
Despite landing in hot water with her colleagues Cheney has has remained firm in her stance, arguing that Americans deserve to know the truth about the election.
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