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Lawmaker's wife files for custody of sons

Posted July 7, 2009

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— State Rep. Ty Harrell and his wife have separated amidst allegations he has engaged in extramarital affairs, according to court documents.

Melanie Dupon is seeking custody of the couple's two sons, child support and alimony in a petition, which was filed last Friday.

Harrell, D-Wake, told WRAL News that he was surprised by the filing.

"This came totally out of the blue," he said. "This is obviously a difficult time for us. My wife and I are separated.”

He said he and his wife remain focused on the well-being of their sons.

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  • WakeHammer Jul 8, 2009

    "This guy is standing in the way of community efforts to stop the school redistricting in Wake county. Before the election in 2008, he refused to take a stand on our requests to implement AT Large Voting for the Wake County School board. We're getting no representation out of this guy."

    You could not have said that better. He has voted with the party line almost 100% of the time. I was embarrassed to have him as my representative before this story came out. The tie and smile are nice, but the suit's empty.

  • bluewind Jul 8, 2009

    I'm so tired of politicians who can't keep their personal lives straight!!! How can they even hope to lead our country with all the mess they've made of their own lives, and I'm talking about Democrats and Republicans!

  • hurricanes_fan23 Jul 8, 2009

    As someone who helped elect Ty twice, count me down as a vote against him.

    This guy is standing in the way of community efforts to stop the school redistricting in Wake county. Before the election in 2008, he refused to take a stand on our requests to implement AT Large Voting for the Wake County School board. We're getting no representation out of this guy.

    He needs to get in line with his constituents in Cary, Morrisville, and West Raleigh. He is doing absolutely nothing to help us here, all the while he's cheating on his wife AND KIDs in his free time.

  • lkanzig Jul 8, 2009

    who i fell sorry for is the kids.
    they have to suffer through this.
    as for mom and dad, cheaters would put it on their show.

    this is not news,its personal. you dont drag families into stuff.
    i hate when news companies put all this personal stuff on as if its important news.

    MUST BE A SLOW NEWS DAY

  • Professor Jul 8, 2009

    to childish name calling your argument just looses a bit of merrit.
    GravyPig

    Like gravypig. I certainly get your point. lol lol lol

  • GravyPig Jul 8, 2009

    I'm not defending the guy, but somone said the other day on Golo that us "liberals" allways have to resort to name calling.

    I seem to see alot of folks (i'm assuming conservative/republican) making jabs at liberals and democrats alike. Why the heck can't anyone have a conversation without trying to belittle the other side. I may not agree with rep/cons, but when you resort to childish name calling your argument just looses a bit of merrit.

  • Professor Jul 8, 2009

    Of course there are many wives that cheat on their spouse, too. I just wonder if this lady was a cheater? Then she have no grounds to talk. He should fight for child custody.

  • Professor Jul 8, 2009

    I agree this is not news. Anyway, I was just wondering why some people like this couple get married anyway. They don't take it seriously. Was she pregnant when they married? Then I can see why it will not last. People when you are a leader in a high position, watch your character of conduct. The people are watching every move you make. You are getting away with nothing. WRAL please bring us better news than some couple having marital affairs.

  • SME2 Jul 8, 2009

    I knew there wasn't something right about this dude!

  • beachboater Jul 8, 2009

    This is NOT news.

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