Pennsylvania Republican, Sean Parnell, has ended his nascent bid for the U.S. Senate after losing a legal struggle to be named the primary custodian of his three children.
In a statement issued on Monday, Parnell said he was “devastated” by losing custody of his kids and vowed to appeal the decision which awarded primary custody of the kids to his ex-wife, Laurie Snell.
“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 said, according to The Hill. “My focus right now is 100% on my children, and I want them to know I do not have any other priorities and will never stop fighting for them. Thank you.”
Parnell was running for the Senate again after a narrow loss the last time around. But recently the campaign has become consumed with his custody case.
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Clearly, Parnell also felt that the case had become a distraction.
But the issue is far from just a custody case. Parnell’s rival, real estate developer Jeff Bartos, revealed that Parnell’s ex-wife had taken out an order of protection against him in 2017 and 2018. While the two orders were expunged, Snell also said that she was verbally and physically abused by her ex-husband.
One has to assume that Parnell is afraid of more coming out. And even if more doesn’t come out, it seems likely that the Democrats would paint him as an abuser.
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