Just when you thought Louisiana politics couldn’t get anymore interesting, The Monroe News-Star reports today that retired Louisiana Supreme Justice Chet Traylor, Sen. David Vitter’s main challenger in the Aug. 28 Republican primary, is engaged in a romantic relationship with his stepson’s estranged wife. The stepson, Ryan Ellington, is the son of state Rep. Noble Ellington, who also blames Traylor for breaking up his marriage to Peggy McDowell, who later married Traylor and became Peggy McDowell Traylor. Peggy McDowell Traylor died last year.

The story also reveals allegations of affairs with married women, and a lawsuit filed against Traylor by his stepsons alleging that he tried to block them from collecting information about the estate of their mother.

The story could prove to be a bombshell for Traylor, who has staked out the moral high ground over the prostitute-plagued Vitter in a race that until this report hinged on who had the deepest family values.


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