Connecticut GOP Candidate For US House Drops Out On Primary Day Following Arrest For Assaulting Girlfriend

The Hartford Courant reports:

A Republican running for Congress in Connecticut’s 2nd District abruptly dropped his bid on the day of the primary following his arrest.

Thomas Gilmer of Madison was arrested by Wethersfield police late Monday, a department official confirmed. He was charged on a warrant with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation and posted a $5,000 bond.

Sources told the Courant the charges stem from a violent altercation with a former girlfriend. Police said they were first contacted on July 22 and opened an investigation. Gilmer, the Republican party’s endorsed candidate, released a statement blaming his primary opponent, Justin Anderson, for “slinging mud.‘’