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Joe Morrissey Publicly Acknowledges He Is New Father 

"We had our baby. We love our baby," he says on radio show.

click to enlarge Morrissey recently handed this photo of him with former receptionist Myrna Pride to a reporter at CBS-6 with little explanation. Today he revealed that the baby boy pictured is theirs, and says it was taken on Mother's Day in Virginia Beach. - CBS-6
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  • Morrissey recently handed this photo of him with former receptionist Myrna Pride to a reporter at CBS-6 with little explanation. Today he revealed that the baby boy pictured is theirs, and says it was taken on Mother's Day in Virginia Beach.

Former state lawmaker Joe Morrissey acknowledged on a Richmond radio show this morning that he fathered a baby with a former 17-year-old secretary at his law firm. Last year he pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the case.

Morrissey's comments on "The Jack Gravely Show," heard on WLEE 990-AM, prompted a flurry of tweets in the press and this story in The Washington Post, which reported Morrissey's comments from the show: “I woke up this morning and the first person I kissed was Chase. My son."

"We had our baby. We love our baby and if that is concerning to him (a caller) I think what he should focus on is I’m going to do everything I can to engage Chase for the rest of my life.”

The public admission followed an incident last week in which Morrissey handed a bizarre photo to a Richmond area TV reporter. It showed him, mistress Myrna Pride (now 19) and a baby boy wearing period attire.

Morrissey previously denied he was the father. He spent nights in jail during this year's General Assembly session, as chronicled in a Style Weekly cover story. He resigned from his seat in the House of Delegates to run for state Senate in the Richmond area as a Democrat, but then failed to qualify for the ballot.

Patrick Wilson is a writer for the Virginian-Pilot.

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