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Former Tenn. lawmaker watches Petraeus affair with familiarity

Posted: Updated: Nov 14, 2012 03:29 PM
SAVANNAH, Tenn. -

A former state senator who lost his political career following an affair is watching the news about General David Petraeus' extramarital affair with a great deal of interest and familiarity.

Former Tennessee lawmaker Paul Stanley, who currently lives in Savannah, Tennessee about 130 miles from Nashville, was caught in an affair with an intern in 2009 after her boyfriend found out about the relationship.

"A couple of things at least crossed my mind. It'll be a one time thing, it'll be something short-termed and no one will find out about it," he told Nashville's News 2.

It was after the woman's boyfriend tried to extort $10,000 from him that Stanley went to police and resigned from his position.

"I know exactly what General Petraeus is going through," Stanley told Nashville's News 2.

Stanley said he believes men in power often believe, like he once did, that no one will ever find out if they cheat on their spouse.

"I think there are opportunities for them to get a sense of false security about themselves not thinking they will get caught. They also get a lot of attention, an inordinate amount of attention," he said.

He added that with the insight of his own affair, he has a good guess on what happened between the general and his biographer.

"The young lady, Paula Broadwell, who was his biographer, was very attractive and aggressive and I am sure over time their relationship began emotional before moving to a physical level," Stanley said.

He continued, "Hopefully he and his wife can move on. He has a phenomenal career he should be proud of. He has made a mistake, he has sinned and he needs to ask for forgiveness and he needs to move on."

Stanley is currently working on a new book which touches on his affair and the humiliation it brought to him and his family.

He and his wife have since divorced.

His book is due out in the spring.

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