July 29, 2009
State Senator from the Bible Belt Resigns
Tennessee Republican Paul Stanley announced yesterday that he was resigning from the state Senate after his affair with an intern became public.
"I have decided to focus my full attention on my family," the a 47-year-old evangelical said in a statement. Stanley defended his support of a ban on adoptions by unmarried couples in a radio interview yesterday.
"Whatever I stood for and advocated, I still believe to be true," he said. "And just because I fell far short of what God's standard was for me and my wife, doesn't mean that that standard is reduced in the least bit."
The intern's boyfriend had threatened to release nude photos of her unless Stanley paid him $10,000, according to news reports.