Republican Drops Out Of Race For Congressional Seat The Day After His Arrest

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Henry Rodgers Chief National Correspondent
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A Republican running for Congress in Connecticut on Tuesday dropped out of the race after he was arrested for allegedly beating up a former girlfriend.

Thomas Gilmer was arrested Monday night, according to the Hartford Courant. Gilmer was reportedly charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and then dropped out of the election.

The incident was reportedly a violent altercation with a former girlfriend that police had been investigating the incident since July 22. In a statement, Gilmer said: “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,” The Hill reported.

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) (2nd L) speaks as House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) (R), and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (L) listen during a news briefing after a closed caucus meeting June 27, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“While I must withdraw my name from the ballot at this time, I trust that our fight against Joe Courtney’s radical agenda will live on in each one of you,’’ Gilmer continued. “But ultimately, our movement — built on the tenets of good, old-fashioned Yankee conservatism — is too important to be sidetracked by the allegations facing me — allegations which I intend to fight.” (RELATED: Republicans Furious As Democrats Leave Town With No Deal)

Gilmer was running in the 2nd Congressional District, a solidly blue district that Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney has held since 2007.