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Congressional Candidate Drops Out of Race Following Arrest

A Republican candidate for Congress quit the race on Tuesday after he was arrested on unlawful restraint and strangulation charges.

Thomas Gilmer, a building project manager, was running for the seat representing Connecticuts 2nd Congressional District.

Gilmer, 29, was arrested on Monday as a result of an investigation into a possible domestic assault, the Wethersfield Police Department said.

He was charged with second degree strangulation and first degree unlawful restraint and released on $5,000 bond.

Following the arrest, the candidate said he was dropping out of contention for the House seat and took down his campaign website and personal and campaign Facebook pages.

“I find myself in a position where I must put my family and our shared Republican values before my own interests,” Gilmer said in a statement to news outlets. “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 Connecticut Republican Party also said Tuesday that Gilmer was ending his campaign, citing “the severity of the accusations.”

An arrest warrant affidavit said police officials obtained video footage of the alleged assault from Justin Anderson, a Republican candidate for the same seat, The Associated Press reported.

The video shows Gilmer “punch the victim in the face and jump on top of her as she falls to the ground,” the affidavit states. “Gilmer then attempts to choke the victim followed by multiple closed fist punches to the victims face.”

The woman was “struggling for her life” after Gilmer placed her in a chokehold, the report stated.

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Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) (C) speaks in Washington in 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Gilmer was backed by the Republican Party and could win the primary.

Anderson, a military veteran, had called over the weekend for Gilmer to drop out of the race. He said he had evidence that Gilmer had committed domestic abRead More From Source