Former Tenn. senator reflects on fall from grace

Former Tenn. senator reflects on fall from grace (Image 1)
Former Tenn. senator reflects on fall from grace (Image 1)

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) – A former state senator from Tennessee says the scandal that drove him from office and cost him his marriage is a fall he must live with, but he has moved on.

Paul Stanley's affair with a legislative intern and a subsequent extortion attempt erupted in the summer of 2009.

The former conservative Republican lawmaker from the Memphis suburb of Germantown told WMC-TV he isn't a person who went after interns, but conceded he knew he was going to have an affair with 22-year-old McKensie Morrison as soon as he saw her.

Stanley now lives in Franklin and is the political editor of an online publication, The Christian Post.

Stanley has also written a book, “The Extortion of Forgiveness,” which is set for release next year.

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