Trump-endorsed Parnell pulls out of PA Senate race over domestic abuse allegations

Former President Donald Trump has continued to remain active in Republican politics since leaving the White House earlier this year. Part of his efforts includes supporting a number of GOP candidates for the 2022 midterm races.

However, in a bizarre turn of events, Fox News reported this week that one of the key candidates Trump recently endorsed, Sean Parnell, is now saying he will not appear on the ballot next year. 

Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey announced his retirement earlier this year, and almost a dozen GOP candidates are vying to replace him.

One of those candidates was Parnell, a Trump-aligned conservative who received the former president’s blessing in the form of an endorsement. However, Parnell released a statement on Monday explaining that he will not seek office following a court case.

Serious allegations

“I strongly disagree with the ruling today and I’m devastated by the decision,” Parnell said after a judge awarded custody of his three children to his estranged wife.

“In the order, two of the leading factors that weighed heavily in the judge’s decision revolved around me being a leading U.S. Senate candidate,” he said.

“There is nothing more important to me than my children, and while I plan to ask the court to reconsider, I can’t continue with a Senate campaign,” Parnell insisted.

He added: “My focus right now is 100 percent on my children, and I want them to know I do not have any other priorities and will never stop fighting for them.”

Parnell, who was accused by his wife of domestic violence and child abuse, went on to explain that he’s attempting to appeal to the court to reverse the recent ruling.

Trump stays focused

Taylor Budowich, who serves as a spokesperson for Trump, stated on Twitter that Parnell had already spoken privately with the former president.

Budowich added that Pennsylvania’s Senate election “remains a top priority for Pres. Trump & the ‘22 MAGA Map—rallying our movement behind the best America 1st candidate remains critical.”

Many political pundits have predicted that 2022 will be a strong year for congressional Republicans, given President Joe Biden’s embarrassingly low poll numbers and overall poor performance as president. FiveThirtyEight’s latest polling aggregate gives Biden an approval rating of just 42.9%.

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