Texas Republican Rep. Van Taylor dropped out of his reelection bid on Wednesday and apologized to his family, admitting an affair with a woman the media has dubbed “the first lady of ISIS.”
“About a year ago, I made a horrible mistake that has caused deep hurt and pain among those I love most in this world,” Taylor said.
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“I had an affair, it was wrong, and it was the greatest failure of my life. I want to apologize for the pain I have caused with my indiscretion, most of all to my wife Anne and our three daughters,” he wrote in an email to supporters.
Taylor faced a run-off election after failing to win at least 50% of his district’s vote on Tuesday. Expected to win, he gained about 49% of the vote, but not enough to take the majority needed to avoid another round of voting.
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A Monday Breitbart News article revealed Taylor allegedly paid Tania Joya $5,000 to keep quiet about the affair.
Second-place Keith Shelf is likely to win in the run-off, with Taylor leaving in the aftermath of the scandal.