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DISGRACED CALIF. LAWMAKER DENIES AFFAIRS

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A pro-family values California lawmaker who resigned after being caught on tape boasting about his sexual conquests denied Thursday that he had extramarital affairs, saying "my offense was engaging in inappropriate storytelling."

Mike Duvall stepped down Wednesday after a videotape surfaced in which he was overheard telling a lawmaker about having sex with a lobbyist and another woman, including salacious details about how one mistress wears skimpy underwear and likes to be spanked.

The 54-year-old Republican is married with two adult children.

Duvall said Thursday his "decision to resign is in no way an admission that I had an affair or affairs."

Duvall made the comments about the affairs to Assembly member Jeff Miller, R-Corona, during a break in a committee meeting inside the Capitol on July 8, apparently unaware the microphone at the desk was on.

"I'm getting into spanking her," Duvall is heard saying on the videotape, which was made as a matter of routine by a legislative office.

Miller asks if she likes it. Duvall responds: "She goes, 'I know you like spanking me.' I said, 'Yeah, that's 'cause you're such a bad girl.'"

The lawmaker had received a 100 percent rating from Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative advocacy group, for his votes on legislation considered pro-family during the 2007-08 legislative session.

Until the video emerged, Duvall's second term as a member of the California Assembly was progressing much like his first - in relative obscurity, with few notable legislative accomplishments.

He is now a YouTube hit after KCAL-TV aired his racy comments about sexual escapades that were caught by the open microphone in a Capitol hearing room.

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