GOP House Candidate Arrested On Felony Stalking Charges
A Republican candidate who has tried twice to take Rep. Maxine Water’s (D-CA) seat in the House was arrested Saturday on three felony stalking charges, according to The Daily Beast.
Omar Navarro — a California businessman who has garnered support from the likes of former Trump adviser Roger Stone, former sheriff Joe Arpaio and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn — is in hot water for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend, DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero.
Tesoriero called police after she says she saw Navarro lurking outside her apartment late at night and subsequently received a text message from an unknown number reading, “Bitch, I came to see you.”
The “self-styled MAGA relationship expert who is running a quixotic congressional run of her own against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)” told The Daily Beast that “clearly” Navarro “has a lot of screws loose.”
“I think a lot of this power has gotten into his head. He has a lot of money now from campaign donations,” she said.
Navarro’s late-night skulking reportedly was also in violation of a restraining order Tesoriero received against him earlier this year after he harassed her via text for months. The restraining order was to last five years.
The Republican acknowledged to The Daily Beast that he was near his ex-girlfriend’s apartment that night but denied the charges — and Tesoriero’s allegations — against him.
“Men in this country get treated unjustly, too, you have to acknowledge that,” Navarro said. “Just because a woman says something doesn’t mean it’s true.”
He is currently in the midst of his third run against Waters, but it is unclear how the new charges might affect his campaign.