Reid’s concern was not with Domenici’s wife, but rather Michelle Laxalt, the woman who Domenici had a child with as a result of an affair. Laxalt is the daughter of then-Nevada U.S. Sen. Paul Lexalt.
Domenici was 46 and Lexalt was 24 at the time.
Reid and Domenici were friends and, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, their wives were also close friends.
Reid said that Domenici asked for an appointment to discuss mental health issues last week.
Domenici also was a strong advocate, Reid said. But, he added, “I don’t mention Domenici’s name anymore because of what he did to Michelle Laxalt.”
Domenici left the Senate because of a degenerative brain condition.
Domenici was a U.S. Senator for more than three decades and was one of the more powerful members of the Senate.
Domenici was also credited for working across the aisle.
But his action from three decades ago has now unraveled a key relationship in the Senate.
Domenici has been married for fifty years and has eight children with his wife.t