'Abstinence' State Senator Quits After Intern Affair

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2009 3:34 AM CDT
Intern McKensie Morrison was involved in an affair with State Sen. Paul Stanley, who has quit his position.   (AP Photo/Tennessee General Assembly video, File)
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(Newser) – Pro-abstinence Tennessee State Sen. Paul Stanley has stepped down in the wake of revelations that he had an affair with his 22-year-old intern, reports AP. The 47-year-old married father of two admitted the affair to investigators after his intern's boyfriend allegedly attempted to blackmail Stanley for $10,000. "Due to recent events, I have decided to focus my full attention on my family and resign my Senate seat," Stanley said yesterday.

The GOP politician fought for pro-business measures but also opposed adoption by gay couples and spoke against Planned Parenthood funding because he said he believed unmarried people should not have sex. "Whatever I stood for and advocated, I still believe to be true," he said.