By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Each day
Congressional candidate state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, has introduced he impregnated and married a teenage lady when he was additionally a teen residing in Florida.
In a 13-minute video posted to Facebook on Thursday, Bouchard mentioned the being pregnant and marriage, though he didn’t specify how previous he and the lady have been on the time.
“So backside line…two youngsters, lady will get pregnant, you’ve heard this story earlier than,” Bouchard mentioned. “She was youthful than me. So it’s just like the Romeo and Juliet story.”
The 2 have been pressured to have the lady beneath go an abortion, however neither was prepared to take action.
“There was stress to have her banished from their household and simply stress to go cover someplace,” Bouchard mentioned. “The one factor I might see was the fitting factor, which was to get married and care for them.”
Neither had the very best dwelling lives, Bouchard famous within the video. He was residing on his personal by the age of 15, however finally obtained his GED and vocational coaching.
In line with the Casper Star-Tribune, Bouchard was 18 and the lady was 14 when she turned pregnant. They married after they have been 19 and 15, respectively.
On the time, the 2 have been in a position to marry as a result of Florida legislation allowed marriage at any age if a being pregnant was concerned and a father or mother consented. They have been divorced about three years later, and the girl finally dedicated suicide in 1990, the Star-Tribune reported.
Bouchard took care of the couple’s son following his ex-wife’s loss of life, however the two at the moment are nearly estranged.
“Sadly, he’s made some incorrect selections in his life,” the senator mentioned. “I actually don’t approve of them, however I’m not going to desert him. I nonetheless love him.”
Bouchard’s son, Tony Raymond Bouchard, is at the moment imprisoned on the Bob Wiley Detention Facility in Visalia, California, on a number of convictions, together with sodomy by use of pressure, sexual penetration by overseas object and false imprisonment by violence. He has been incarcerated since 2018.
The senator mentioned he posted the details about the being pregnant and marriage as a result of the connection was being investigated by a U.Okay. information outlet which he didn’t title.
He additionally mentioned the actual fact individuals have been digging into one thing that occurred almost 40 years in the past was indicative of “soiled politics” and an instance of why good individuals don’t run for workplace.
Bouchard mentioned he was annoyed that individuals have been digging into his background, but in addition mentioned he wasn’t going to drop out of the congressional race.
“This tells you I’m within the lead, as a result of if I wasn’t, they wouldn’t be doing this,” he mentioned. “I’m not intimidated. Convey it on. I’m going to remain on this race and we’re going to proceed to lift cash.”
Bouchard doesn’t imagine that incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was concerned in digging up this data.
Bouchard introduced his run for Congress in January, not lengthy after Cheney voted to question former President Donald Trump for the position he allegedly performed within the Jan. 6 revolt on the U.S. Capitol.
The senator has touted his help of Trump and conservative values and politics as why he’s the only option to characterize Wyoming in its lone Home seat.