(THE HILL) Former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has revealed he fathered a son out of wedlock more than 30 years ago.

The 80-year-old former lawmaker told the Albuquerque Journal he had promised not to make the news public, saying, “The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she.”

Domenici says he decided to come forward because he anticipated the story might come out.

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