RICHMOND, VA (WWBT/AP) - Virginia Senate candidate Joe Morrissey and the 19-year-old mother of his newborn son told the media on Thursday they want to get married and have more children.
A day after Morrissey first publicly confirmed he was the father to a 9-week-old with his former part-time receptionist, the family held a press conference to address questions about their relationship.
Morrissey, a former Virginia lawmaker now running as an Independent for Virginia State Senate, made the announcement Wednesday on the Jack Gravely show on WLEE radio in Richmond. Morrissey previously had said only that he was on hand for the baby's birth in Atlanta nine weeks ago.
"You become friends first, and then intimate," Morrissey said Thursday. "And that's what happened with us."
In December, the 57-year-old lawyer was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after being accused of having sex with his receptionist, Myrna Pride, when she was a teen. He attended House of Delegates sessions on work release while serving three months of a six-month jail sentence. Pride is now 19-years-old and the couple adamantly denied accusations they were intimately involved when she was a minor.
On Thursday, the couple publicly admitted to their relationship and Morrissey again acknowledged he was the father of Pride's son. He also said the two intended to get married, and are planning for the future together.
"We're really happy" Morrissey stated several times.
Members of the Pride family issued the following statement following the press conference:
It's disgusting that these two continue to lie and defame our family. The plea agreement clearly states that he had a sexual relationship with Myrna prior to her turning 18. He continues to deny, disrespect, and make a mockery of the justice system, our family and our little sister. All the while our mother is currently facing jail time for defending his behavior yet he has not been held accountable for his actions and at this point we will be suing Joseph Dee Morrissey for the turmoil he has created for our family!