GOP Congressional Candidate Arrested, Drops Out Of Race

Aaron Kupec
August 11, 2020 - 10:19 am
Thomas Gilmer

Wethersfield police photo

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The party-endorsed candidate in the Republican primary in Connecticut's Second Congressional District has dropped out.

Thomas Gilmer abruptly ended his bid following his arrest Monday by Wethersfield Police, related to what authorities call a possible domestic assault that occurred in July.

Gilmer was arrested on second-degree strangulation and first-degree unlawful restraint charges with the help of police in his hometown of Madison, according to Wethersfield police. Gilmer was released on $5,000 bond and was due in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday.

Gilmer was the favorite in the primary, against Justin Anderson, whom Gilmer accused of "slinging mud" in a statement announcing his withdrawal from the race. "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 statement continued.

Gilmer's name still appears on the ballot, and many votes had already been cast via absentee ballot. It wasn't immediately clear what happens if Gilmer wins the primary.

Democrat Joe Courtney holds the seat and is seeking reelection.