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A politician who is almost 60 years old with four babies with four different mothers has pledged to marry the mother of his latest baby born out of wedlock, a black teen that he admits he had sex with before her 18th birthday.

And … this man wants to run for the state Senate.

Former Del. Joe Morrissey, 57, promised in a joint press conference with Myrna Pride, 19, that he would would cement a relationship that got him tossed into the jail cell that served as his nightly home during the last legislative session.

Morrissey confirmed that he has four children by four women. Two of the children are adults, one a young child and the latest a two-and-a-half-month old named Chase, he said.

Any talk of him not being involved in his younger children’s lives is false, Morrissey said. With Pride seated next to him and Chase in another room at Morrissey’s office the long-time – and once disbarred – criminal attorney known as “Fightin’ Joe” said the three live together in downtown Richmond, Va.

When Chase cries out at night, it is most often Morrissey who gets up, they said. In the mornings, he wakes first for diaper changes.

Oh, yah: Morrissey said he will run for the state Senate as an independent, where he plans to unseat Richmond-area state Sen. Rosalyn Dance. Morrissey resigned his House seat twice over the last six months; first in December, when he took an Alford plea on a misdemeanor charge stemming from an accusation that he had sex with Pride before her 18th birthday.

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