GOP candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania Sean Parnell has now abruptly withdrawn from the race after a family court awarded full custody of his children to his estranged ex-wife.
Sean Parnell has dropped out of the Pennsylvania Senate race pic.twitter.com/S1xUiJ9bbg
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 22, 2021
Parnell’s ex-wife had previously accused him of spousal battery and domestic abuse.
The Hill further reports:
Parnell, a retired Army Ranger who narrowly lost a U.S. House race last year, was among several candidates vying for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) next year. Parnell emerged as the likely frontrunner in the primary after winning the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
In recent months, however, the GOP primary had come to focus on Parnell’s ongoing divorce and child custody proceedings.ADVERTISEMENT
One of Parnell’s Republican rivals, real estate developer Jeff Bartos, revealed in September that Snell had sought protective orders against Parnell in 2017 and 2018, though both orders were eventually expunged. Then, earlier this month, Snell testified under oath that Parnell had physically and verbally abused her.