Republican Drops Out Of Congressional Race After His Domestic Violence Arrest

Courtesy of Wethersfield Police Department

Julie Zheng

GOP candidate Thomas Gilmer dropped out of the Second Congressional District race after his domestic violence arrest.

Thomas Gilmer (R-CT), who was running for Congress in Connecticut’s Second District, has officially dropped out of the race following his arrest on Monday, according to RawStory.

  • Gilmer was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation of his former girlfriend and posted a $5,000 bond.
  • Gilmer wrote, “Now I find myself in a position where I must put my family and our shared Republican values before my own interests. I cannot in good conscience move forward in this campaign while I am simultaneously forced to clear my name. And clear my name I will.”
  • As the Republican party’s endorsed candidate against Justin Anderson for the August 11 primary in the state, Gilmer has been surrounded by rumors of the violent attack on his girlfriend. Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano has never called for Gilmer to drop out of the race, despite the violent video that he turned over to the police.
  • Romano said Tuesday that “when someone came to use with allegations, we encouraged them to go to the authorities. While we believe in the due process of the law the severity and the nature of this is disheartening,” according to the Hartford Courant.

“If Gilmer were to formally withdraw today, but still win the primary, the state GOP can nominate someone else to fill his place on the November ballot,” the spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office Gabe Rosenberg said Tuesday. “If Gilmer doesn’t formally withdraw today, he will be on the ballot in November.”

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