NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Voters will fill a west Tennessee state Senate seat Tuesday.
Republican Paul Stanley of Memphis resigned in August 2009 following an alleged extortion plot that revealed an affair he had with a 22-year-old legislative intern.
Stanley stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.
A special election will be held Tuesday to determine a replacement to serve out Stanley’s remaining term.
Republicans have picked former State House Member Brian Kelsey of Germantown to run for the Memphis-area seat.
Democrat Adrienne Pakis-Gillon is running against Kelsey.
Court records show Stanley, a 47-year-old married father of two, told agents investigating a blackmail case that he had a sexual relationship with McKensie Morrison, a student at Austin Peay State University.
Morrison’s boyfriend, Joel Watts, is charged with trying to extort $10,000 from Stanley in exchange for explicit pictures of her that “appeared to be taken in Stanley’s apartment.”
- July 28, 2009: Sen. Stanley resigns following affair with intern
- July 28, 2009: Tenn. senator says he’ll talk ‘soon’ about affair
- July 26, 2009: Alleged Stanley sex scandal shrouds Republican fundraiser
- July 23, 2009: Alleged extortion attempt could mean new intern rule
- July 22, 2009: Extortion attempt reveals senator’s alleged affair