Paulding County, Georgia lost its State House representative, Glenn Richardson, to a familiar political demon last year -- the extramarital affair. Now, the county has elected a replacement who has at least kept his infidelities within the family.
Last December, Richardson, also speaker of the Georgia State House, was forced to step down after his ex-wife made a televised address accusing him of having "a full-out affair" with a lobbyist while they were still married. Not even sympathies gained from news that Richardson had earlier attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills could save his political career.
On Tuesday, Paulding County went to the polls to choose Richardson's successor in a special election. Their choice was Daniel Stout, a 29-year old banker from Dallas, someone who boldly touts himself as a "Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican," and a man who has had to overcome the fact that had an extra-marital affair with his then-mother-in-law 10 years ago.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Stout "had an affair with his first wife's mother while his first wife was pregnant with their daughter. Stout and his first wife subsequently divorced."
In a reply, Stout admitted the affair. "It's not something that's a beautiful thing with me," he said. "I hurt some people."
Stout later sent an email further addressing the matter, in which he claimed that "the relationship was stopped short of 'sex.'"