(CNN) - The unmarried 17-year-old daughter of conservative Republican congressman and Louisiana Senate candidate Bill Cassidy is pregnant, according to a published report on Thursday.
"Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer," Cassidy, a physician, said in a statement to NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.
"Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family," he continued. "Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support."
The announcement comes as Cassidy is considered the leading GOP contender challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu.
It's a closely watched race, as Republicans consider Landrieu one of the most vulnerable Democrats running for re-election in a midterm race where control of the Senate hangs in the balance.
Cassidy's daughter is a rising senior at a high school in Baton Rouge. The campaign did not provide any additional information to the Times-Picayune, and did not immediately return calls from CNN.
The statement was similar to the one released by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2008 about her then-17-year-old daughter, Bristol.
The announcement came shortly after Palin was picked to be Sen. John McCain's running mate on the GOP presidential ticket, and just before she was set to deliver her big speech at the Republican National Convention.
CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.
Sorry, congratulations. Hope the Candidate does not use her as a prop.
While I wish for the best for child and Mother alike, I'm sure there'll be some of the more upstanding among the right, wishing her nothing but damnnation and hellfire for her supposed transgressions. In their visioned world we're all going to hell to be lectured by one of them. Like anyone cares.
-is this news worthy? Pretty much normal. Tell her to enroll in ACA Law.
Well, well, what his take on unwed young mothers now
Great role model-NOT!
Hey conservatives how is them family values working out for you.
Republicans aren't sincere about ending abortion, if they were, they would support Birth Control and the Morning after pill, that prevents Millions of abortions every year. Sadly, it's just a way to get more money, so they can continue to force, their extremist opinions, on everyone.
A private family matter that has nothing to do with the campaign... not really a newsworthy item.
Not too worry, I am sure there is a opening as the spokesperson for "Abstinence before Marriage" now that Snow has her own reality show!
On a personal note, IF only my mother had been a Republican, perhaps I would not have been called all those ugly names by small town Southern Baptists "chri$tians"!
Oops, sorry Snow is not the younger Palin skirt's name, it is Barnacle, my bad.
Is Cassidy giving his daughter a choice in whether she has the child or not or is it like the Pailin poster child? If this was her choice, fine. If she is being pressured into having this child, there is a real problem. 17 and senior in high school is too young to be a parent in this day – although with her father being a physician should not have money issues!!!
He should immediately drop out of the race to tend to his daughter. A Christian man with a pregnant out of wedlock daughter is an embarrassment. Please drop out now!
State of LA tax payer that pay his INS get ready !!!
Parents always need to take care of their kids even when they disappoint and don't follow the values we try to instill.
This shows why preaching abstinence doesn't work.
Bill Cassidy should have paid better attention to what your kids were doing and who they were hanging out with....... & maybe got your daughter on some birth control.Republicans always complain. I'm sure if his daughter was like many teen moms with no family or support system that baby would be in foster care or on welfare and food stamps.
If he paid more attention at home, he might have been able to stop this.
Or at least if he and his wife (again, both doctors) had sat down and explained the concept of safe sex to their daughter. Is that so hard to do?
still in HS, and now pregnant. have those kids never heard of condoms...... hopefully rich grandfather will take care of all expenses.
Why is this news???
I thought having children out of wedlock is a sin according to this congressman's projected Christian conservatism.
A non-story.. Best of luck. Hope people will have decency about it, it's hard enough when teens have kids, donn't need to be judged in public.
Way to subject a minor to national ridicule and attacks by the despicable a-h's on the left that don't have an ounce of decency. I guess you'll all feel better if she tries to commit suicide after being attacked and ridiculed. I wish somebody at CNN would grow a brain.
Isn't this a personal family matter involving a MINOR?!! Look at some of the despicable vitriol posted here already. How do you think this young person would feel if she were to read some of these horrendous comments. Is CNN the new cyber bully web site?!! GET RID OF THIS STORY!!
Maybe as a state rep Cassidy should have supported public sex education and providing birth control at high schools. Nice try burying the "good news" on the eve before a holiday. Classic media ploy.
I hope she has a healthy, happy baby that fills her heart with joy and love. It is a lot of hard work but with the help and support of her family they will provide a loving home for the new bundle of joy. I hope she never for one moment thinks she made the wrong decision to give birth to her beautiful baby. She will know she made the right decision the second she holds him/her in her arms.