Sean Parnell suspended his U.S. Senate campaign after his wife successfully got custody of their children. She testified that he had strangled her once so hard that she had to bite his hand. He also reportedly hit one of their children so hard that it left welts on the child’s body.
But Parnell isn’t the only Republican running for office that has a history of domestic violence, sexual assault or other ugly allegations.
Washington Post reporter Amber Phillips explained that a scandalous past was a career-ender for most politicians, former President Donald Trump has managed to weasel his way out of accountability.
“Politics has changed,” a Republican operative told Phillips speaking anonymously to be frank. “What’s seen as acceptable has changed.”
Despite the problems with their past, Republicans think they’ve got 2022 in the bag, she revealed, citing another Republican operative.
Herschel Walker is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia against sitting U.S. Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA). Despite his support from Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, Walker will be forced to explain to voters what happened when his ex-wife alleged that he threatened her life by pointing a gun at her head. Walker also has allegations of threats from a former girlfriend. Walker has denied both. Meanwhile, the Associated Press raised questions about Walker’s business and whether he lied about his financial success.
When asked about Walker, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) told the Huffington Post, “Americans are pretty forgiving. I don’t think that’s a deal breaker. I actually think he’s quite a good candidate.”
Eric Greitens is back in an attempt to reclaim his political career in Missouri. He previously resigned after an affair with a hairdresser, who accused him of tying her up and blackmailing her with nude photos. The accusations then spiraled into two additional criminal charges. He’s heavily courting Trump’s endorsement and leads the field because of his high name recognition.
Josh Mandel is running for the U.S. Senate in Ohio while serving as a boss to his girlfriend. In the #MeToo era, it’s generally frowned upon to sleep with your subordinates and pay them through your campaign. Already some of his campaign staffers resigned due to a toxic work environment.
On the House side, Max Miller, a former Trump staffer, was accused by Stephanie Grisham of being physically and emotionally abusive while they were dating. Miller disputes the claims and has sued Grisham.
These Republican candidates come after the GOP put up right-wing radio host Larry Elder for the California gubernatorial race. His former Fiancee, Alexandria Datig, who split broke up with Elder in 2015, alleged that when they discussed breaking up, he brandished a .45-caliber revolver.
GOP voters will be the ones to decide if the allegations are enough to turn them off. But the image that it paints continues to taint a fractured Republican Party with an abuser’s caucus.