Covidiot GOP US House Candidate Arrested For DUI

The right wing New Jersey Globe reports:

A Republican congressional candidate in New Jersey’s 3rd district was arrested on charges that he was driving under the influence early Sunday morning after refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

Ian A. Smith, the owner of the Atlis Gym and an outspoken critic of Gov. Phil Murphy, is running for the GOP nod to take on Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) in the fall.

Cinnaminson police officer Harry Cicale issued six summonses to Smith, including reckless and careless driving, after stopping the Republican House candidate on Route 130 North near Andover Road.

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In January, Smith and his business partner were both sentenced to one year of probation for repeatedly defying New Jersey’s lockdown orders.

Smith has reportedly paid $1.5 million in fines. Most or all of the fines appear to have been covered by crowdfunding appeals.

As I’ve previously reported, Smith has become a folk hero to Fox News, winning praise from Fox hosts after literally kicking down the boarded up doors to his gym after the state shut him down for defying COVID regulations.

In July 2020, Fox & Friends exultantly reported live from Smith’s gym during a protest at which white supremacists waved the flag of the Three Percenters militia.

In 2007, Smith pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in a drunk driving crash that killed a 19 year-old man. He was sentenced in June 2008 to five years in prison.

NOTE: The New Jersey Globe is owned by David Wildstein, who is 2015 pleaded guilty to two felony counts for his role in then-Gov. Chris Christie’s infamous “Bridgegate” scandal. Wildstein was sentenced to two years probation and is banned for life from working for any government agency.