State Sen. Preston Smith told The Associated Press on Thursday the woman left his office in 2003. He says the relationship began in 2004, adding he has never dated anyone employed by his office or his campaign.
Legislative records show the woman received her last payment from Smith's office in December 2003. Finance records also show the woman received payment that year from Smith's campaign.
The lawmaker acknowledged the relationship during a divorce hearing last year. He says he fell short in his personal life but believes he's the best candidate for attorney general.
Rome's Preston Smith issued the following statement in the wake of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report about his divorce:
"As far too many Georgia families will understand, my failed marriage was a complicated and incredibly difficult personal situation that I still live with every day. Without a doubt, I fell short in my personal life by getting a divorce, and people have the right to make a moral judgment on that if they chose. However, focusing on the personal lives of the candidates allows Sam Olens to get away with the fact that he is former Democrat party official that doesn’t have it in him to stand up and fight against ObamaCare and illegal immigration."
Previously posted: The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting on an affair detailed in state attorney general hopeful Preston Smith's divorce testimony. The Republican is from Rome. Click here to read more