Former state Sen. William Aniskovich, a leading candidate to be elected Republican state chairman later this month, admitted today to sexual misconduct with a lobbyist, intern or staff member while he was in the General Assembly, according to Courant columnist Kevin Rennie.

In a column published online tonight, Rennie said Aniskovich confirmed what the columnist referred to as “sexual escapades” while a state senator that “would make Anthony Weiner blush.” Aniskovich was a legislator for 14 years, losing in 2004.

“I asked him Wednesday if he ever engaged in an inappropriate personal relationship with an intern, staff member or lobbyist while he served in the legislature,” Rennie wrote. “He replied, ‘Yes. While in the legislature I was unfaithful to my wife. I was truthful with my wife and family about the inappropriate things I did and I regret the pain I caused everyone involved. My wife has forgiven me for failing her and I am today blessed with a strong marriage and a loving family.’ “

Aniskovich could not be reached for comment tonight by The Mirror.

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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