ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici's extramarital affair decades ago is a national media story again.
This time it's because one of his longtime colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., appears to have shunned Domenici.
Reid and Domenici, 81, were on opposite sides of the political aisle, but they were still friends. In fact, Reid had high marks for Domenici when Domenici announced his retirement in 2007.
"I like him very much. I have great admiration for him," Reid told the press then.
It's a different story now because of the affair Domenici acknowledged in February in which he fathered a child. Domenici's affair was with Michelle Laxalt, who's more than two decades his junior and the daughter of a former Nevada U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt .
Domenici had a reputation as a family man who had eight children with his wife, to whom he's been married for more than 50 years.
Reid was elected to Laxalt's Senate seat in 1987 when Laxalt retired. Reid and Domenici then served together for 22 years before Domenici retired at the end of his sixth term in 2008.
In an interview with Las Vegas Review Journal , Reid says he refused to meet with Domenici last week because of the affair. Reid's statement came about during an interview about mental health care, which is a passionate issue for Domenici.
"I don't mention Domenici's name anymore because of what he did to Michelle Laxalt,"
Reid told the newspaper. "I wouldn't let him come and see me. But anyway, that's another story."
KRQE News 13 did reach Domenici at his Washington, D.C., home.
"I have occasion to call [Reid] every now and then," Domenici said in a statement to News 13. "Harry has been a longtime friend, and I'm sorry for what happened 35 years ago, and look forward to an opportunity to talk to him."
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