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Alabama Secretary Of State Drops Senate Bid After Being Confronted With Affair

April 08, 2021 9:18 AM ET Republican Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Wednesday that he would not run for Senate after admitting to an affair. Merrill initially denied the affair but admitted to it after AL.com reporters obtained audio of him speaking over the phone with his mistress. National File first reported the…

Republican Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Wednesday that he wouldn’t run for Senate after admitting to an affair.

Merrill initially denied the affair but confessed to it after AL.com reporters obtained audio of him speaking over the phone with his mistress. National File first reported the affair.

This a.m., AL Sec. Of State John Merrill told @WarOnDumb he didn’t have an affair w/ Cesaire McPherson. I then got explicit sound of them talking their history. We played with for Merrill & he apologized & said he will not run for office in’22. https://t.co/RtyVCh614h

— Connor Sheets (@ConnorASheets) April 7, 2021

“I will clearly be a candidate for the United States Senate nor will I be seeking any elected position in 2022, because I think it’s important to me to make sure I become the guy that I have been earlier and that I am working to put myself in the position to be the chief that I have been before, because a husband, as a father, as a friend and as an elected officer,” Merrill told AL.com.

Merrill considered running at Alabama’s 2020 Senate race however dropped out until the Republican primary, He was┬áconsidered as a leading candidate to replace Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, who’s retiring at 2022.

Republican Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks has announced for the race in March and has already received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. (RELATED: Trump Endorses Rep. Mo Brooks For Alabama Senate Seat)

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