Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (right) said Wednesday morning that he had not had an extramarital affair, saying the woman who claimed otherwise, Cesaire McPherson, was “stalking” him and “Harassed”. When AL.com played Merrill a recording of him and McPherson discussing various sexual acts they committed over dozens of encounters, Merrill admitted the case and said he would not be doing a scheduled run. for the Senate seat vacated by Senator Richard Shelby (R- Ala.).
“It’s clear that I had an inappropriate relationship with her, and it’s not something that I’m proud of or something that – I’m very disappointed with myself,” Merrill told AL.com. “Obviously I will not be running for the United States Senate and I will not seek any other elected office in 2022.” Merrill, in office since 2014, was limited for a third term. Conservative Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) And Lynda Blanchard, President Trump’s Ambassador to Slovenia, are both expected to run for Shelby’s seat.
McPherson, 44, had provided explicit text messages with Merrill to the Conservative website National file Tuesday then gave a 17-minute audio recording to AL.com, which posted a clip. “I don’t want to say anything other than here is proof John Merrill is a liar,” she told AL.com. “This is the real John Merrill.”
In a long interview with National file, McPherson said Merrill used his car and cell phone to continue their affair, and also that he is a “very bad racist” who would label black people “people of color.”
The Alabama Democratic Party highlighted these allegations. “With the exception of using state resources to facilitate his business, Merrill’s personal life and conduct is only personal,” said Wade Perry, executive director of the state party. “The Democratic Party is much more concerned about the allegation that it regularly referred to judges and African American citizens of Alabama as ‘The Colored’. If this is true, he must apologize AND resign immediately. “
Merrill said that was not true, telling AL.com on Wednesday night that he “had never called African Americans and blacks colored,” adding, “I don’t do that. I don’t. never did that. ” Regarding the use of state resources, he said he had “nothing more to say about this particular incident, now or in the future.”
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