A Republican candidate for Congress in Connecticut dropped out of the race Tuesday as voters had been going to the polls in his main election following his arrest in an assault case.
Thomas Gilmer, the party-endorsed candidate, was arrested Monday evening on prices of first-degree illegal restraint and second-degree strangulation. He posted a $5,000 bond. The costs stem from a Might 2017 assault on a former girlfriend and July 22 interview with the sufferer, in accordance with Wethersfield police.
“I can’t in good conscience transfer ahead on this marketing campaign whereas I’m concurrently compelled to clear my identify. And clear my identify I’ll,” Gilmer mentioned in an announcement.
Cellphone calls and emails in search of remark had been made to Gilmer by The Related Press on Tuesday.
Gilmer was arraigned Tuesday and is due again in court docket Sept. 23. He’s not allowed to contact the sufferer.
In line with the arrest warrant affidavit, police have a video of the incident that was offered by Gilmer’s Republican opponent, Justin Anderson. It reveals Gilmer “punch the sufferer within the face and leap on prime of her as she falls to the bottom. Gilmer then makes an attempt to choke the sufferer adopted by a number of closed fist punches to the sufferer’s face,” in accordance with the report.
He then locations her in a chokehold and he or she seems to be “struggling for her life,” in accordance with the affidavit.
Gilmer, 29, of Madison, had obtained the occasion’s endorsement within the race. With voting already underway, his identify couldn’t be faraway from ballots, and lots of have already got been solid in an election the place enormous numbers are voting by absentee poll amid the coronavirus.
If Gilmer wins after formally withdrawing, the Republican Occasion will have the ability to nominate somebody to take his place within the common election, in accordance with Gabe Rosenberg, a spokesman for the Connecticut Secretary of the State. Votes had been nonetheless being tallied late Tuesday.
The final word Republican candidate will face U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat who’s favored to win reelection, to symbolize a district spanning japanese Connecticut.
Anderson, of East Haddam, is a lieutenant colonel within the Connecticut Military Nationwide Guard who served two fight excursions in Afghanistan. On Sunday, he referred to as for Gilmer to drop out of the race, saying he had proof that the endorsed candidate was concerned in home abuse. Anderson mentioned the sufferer had reached out to him in April with the video proof.
“As a substitute of investigating the problems over the past three months, occasion leaders participated in cajoling, sufferer shaming and shunning Mr. Anderson, questioning his integrity,” Anderson’s marketing campaign mentioned in an announcement. “It was Justin’s aim to take care of the allegations privately amongst leaders to guard the sufferer, nonetheless, occasion leaders introduced this out publicly to discredit Mr. Anderson for standing up and bringing this to consideration.”
J.R. Romano, the state Republican Occasion chairman, acknowledged that he was conscious of Anderson’s allegations.
“I’ve a main challenger, they’re working in opposition to one another, who involves me with an allegation. I mentioned, ‘Deliver it to the correct authorities to analyze,’” Romano mentioned.
He mentioned it will be as much as the state central committee to give you a candidate ought to Gilmer win.