Alabama’s Secretary of State ruled out a 2022 US Senate bid after admitting he had an affair with a legal assistant — who released racy texts and a recording of a phone call describing their illicit trysts.
Republican John Merrill, 57, a married dad of two, had initially denied the relationship as a bogus claim designed to end his bid for retiring Sen. Richard Shelby’s seat.
“People are attempting to use this to either advance the candidacy of other people, or they are doing it primarily to harm me and my family,” he said Tuesday in a radio interview. “It’s very frustrating and very sad.”
Then on Wednesday, AL.com confronted the pol with a 17-minute recording in which him and the woman, Cesaire McPherson, discussed various sexual acts they performed during dozens of romantic encounters.
McPherson, 44, told the outlet she and Merrill had a three year-long affair that he ended in November 2020.
During their October 2020 conversation, Merrill was