Republican ends congressional bid after being arrested hours before primary polls open – By Zachary Halaschak (Washington Examiner) / Aug 11 2020
A Republican candidate for Congress dropped out of the race after being arrested on the eve of election day.
Thomas Gilmer of Madison, Connecticut, was arrested late Monday and charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation, the Hartford Courant reported. Gilmer is accused of being involved in a violent fight with a former girlfriend, an incident that police first began investigating in July.
“Now I find myself in a position where I must put my family and our shared Republican values before my own interests,” Gilmer said in a statement. “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.”