A Member of Parliament in Wyoming vying for U.S. Attorney Liz Cheney and four others in Republican primary admit she became pregnant with a 14-year-old girl at the age of 18, vowing she would not end her Congress campaign.
It was a disclosure he said he was forced to make because of the "established swamp," but he did not explicitly blame Cheney or anyone else who entered the competition.
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"Everyone has something in their life that they've done ... We've all had these problems. Why is this a big deal?" Provincial Premier Anthony Bouchard said Thursday in a Facebook Live video about the relationship.
"So, the truth is it's a story when I was young. Two teenagers, a girl is pregnant. You've heard those stories before. She was a little younger than me, so it's like the story of Romeo and Juliet," she said.
In the tragedy of 424-year-old William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet," Juliet's age is given as 13, but Romeo's age is not mentioned. The confession period in England at that time was 12 years.
Bouchard did not mention his age or that of the girl in the video, but later told Casper Star-Tribune that he was 14 years old and 18 when he got her pregnant in Florida, where the age of consent was still 18.
Bouchard did not return calls and emails for comment on NBC News on Friday.
He said he tried to "do the right thing" and told the newspaper that he married the 15-year-old girl. They later went through what he described as a "painful divorce," and Bouchard told the Star-Tribune that his wife had committed suicide at the age of 20.
He said he was speaking because the "swamp of the facility" had investigators looking at him in his history on behalf of an unknown opponent. Bouchard was the first Wyoming Republican to announce his candidacy for Chenney, and four others have entered the race.
"They will not stand for anything when you get paid," Bouchard said in a Facebook post. "They don't care about anyone's lives" and "they don't see that I've done the right thing."
Bouchard said his family's life was "not the best" growing up in Florida and he began living alone at the age of 15.
After impregnating the girl, she said there was "a lot of pressure" for her to have an abortion. "I wouldn't do the same to you," Bouchard said.
“The only thing they have to do is get married and take care of them,” she says. The girl's mother, whose name has been withheld by Star-Tribune, "signed the marriage papers and the two" went down to get married in front of a judge, "she said," which was very scary when she was young. But I have to tell you I'll do it again. we all make choices ... We all deal with it, "he said.
"My son experienced things and lived a normal life. Sadly he made the wrong decisions in his life. He is probably my divorced son, some of the things that happened in his life I never accept but I will never abandon him.
The marriage with the boy's mother lasted about three years, Bouchard told the Star-Tribune. He said in a Facebook video that he and his ex-wife became friends after the divorce, while the ex, who "had problems with another relationship" and a family history of suicide, committed suicide.
Bouchard told the newspaper that the "opposition political research company" had been creating the issue and that he had been approached by a journalist from the U.K., although he did not name himself.
The Daily Mail wrote an article on Friday, stating that it could be a viable option and that an investigation by opposition parties came from Republicans seeking to oust Cheney, who was concerned that Bouchard would undermine the effort.
Bouchard told The Star-Tribune he did not believe Cheney was involved in efforts to publicize the matter.
His spokesman, Jeremy Adler, told the newspaper, "The Chennai campaign has nothing to do with this."
Bouchard announced he was challenging Chheney in January, after he voted against President Donald Trump. Bouchard said he had run in the election because "his long opposition to President Trump and his recent Impeachment vote show how close he is to Wyoming."