Senator Paul Stanley, who opposed sex outside marriage, was caught in an affair with his intern, McKensie Morrison, and found himself a victim of an extortion plot by Morrison and her former boyfriend. Read more on this story below.
Stanley resigned his Senate seat in a letter delivered to Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey.
“Due to recent events, I have decided to focus my full attention on my family and resign my Senate seat effective August 10, 2009,” Stanley said in the letter.
Senator Paul Stanley had an affair with 22 year-old intern, McKensie Morrision. In April, Morrison’s former boyfriend, Joel Watts, threatened to expose the affair.
Watts told Stanley he would make public nude pictures of Morrison allegedly taken inside Stanley’s Nashville apartment if he was not paid $10,000.
Stanley, 47, contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and wore a wire to an April meeting with Joel Watts where he paid Watts the money for a disc that contained the pictures.
In a radio interview on local conservative talk radio, Stanley said “his first priority was what was in the best interest of my family,” asked for forgiveness, and blamed the media for his downfall.
“The first thing I had to do was ask God’s forgiveness and ask for the forgiveness of my family,” he said on Memphis’ WREC.
“What I find is that almost without exception, we all know that on any given day we have all said or done something that we do not want on the front page of the paper. … I think a lot of people express frustration with the changing professionalism of journalism.”
“I have been criticized lately for the positions I have advocated in the past, the pro-family positions, moral positions, whatever, whatever I stood for and advocated I still believe to be true,” Stanley said, then added: “And just because I fell far short of what God’s standard was for me and my life doesn’t mean that that standard is reduced in the least bit.”
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