Representative Liz Cheney’s primary challenger, Wyoming state Senator Anthony Bouchard, revealed to the Casper Star-Tribune that he impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 18.
“It’s amazing that they look at things so negatively. So bottom line is it’s a story when I was young, two teenagers, girl get’s pregnant,” Bouchard said. “You’ve heard those stories before. She was a little younger than me, so it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.”
The Senator first revealed the information in a Facebook Live video on Thursday.
“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. And there was pressure to have her banished from their family. Just pressure. Pressure to go hide somewhere,” Bouchard said.
Bouchard married the young girl and the two divorced three years later. The girl committed suicide after the divorce.
“You know, this thing ended in kind of a bitter divorce. All the odds were against us,” he said. “We later became friends. She had problems in another relationship. Her dad committed suicide. For whatever reason, she decided to do the same.”
Bouchard says that he wanted to share the story himself after he found out that people were inquiring about it.
“We know the company that started this investigation,” he said. “It’s a political opposition research company. We know who they are. And then it turned into a U.K. media reporter, who called me. But if you look at him, he’s all part of that whole investigative team that smears people.”
“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.
The Senator says that he will remain in the race.
“I’m going to stay in this race. We’re going to continue to raise money.”