Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, a Republican who has emerged as one of the most high-profile primary challengers to Rep. Liz Cheney, said in a Facebook Live video Thursday he impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 18.
Bouchard said they later got married with the blessing of her mother, and took care of the child. Bouchard and the girl married when he was 19 and she was 15, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. He added that they got divorced about three years later, and she died by suicide at the age of 20.
The candidate made the disclosure after noting that people had been investigating the matter in regard to his campaign to unseat Cheney, R-Wyo. Cheney has attracted the ire of pro-Trump Republicans for her denunciations of the former president.
Bouchard said he and the woman, whom he did not name, were under “a lot of pressure, pressure to abort a baby. I got to tell you, I wasn’t gonna do it. And neither was she. And there was pressure to have her banished from their family.”
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On choosing not to abort the child and to get married, Bouchard said, “I did the right thing.”
“This is really a message about how dirty politics is. They’ll stop at nothing, man,” he also said. “They’re willing to go back almost 40 years to something that happened in my youth.”
Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, seen here this past
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