Trump-backed Pa. Senate contender Parnell halts bid after custody ruling

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Republican US Senate candidate Sean Parnell introduced Monday he’s suspending his Pennsylvania marketing campaign after a choose granted his estranged spouse full custody of their three youngsters following home abuse allegations. 

Parnell, who has denied the claims, mentioned he intends to ask the court docket to rethink its ruling and doesn’t really feel he can proceed within the race whereas the matter roils his household. 

“I strongly disagree with the ruling today and I’m devastated by the decision. I plan on asking the court to reconsider this decision. 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,” Parnell mentioned in an announcement.  

“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. 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. Thank you.”

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Sean Parnell addresses the digital Republican National Convention on August 24, 2020.
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Sean Parnell, Republican U.S. Representative candidate from Pennsylvania, speaks during a campaign rally for U.S. President Donald Trump in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020
Sean Parnell speaks throughout a marketing campaign rally for Donald Trump in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.
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During the custody trial, Parnell’s spouse, Laurie Snell, accused him of each verbal and bodily abuse. At occasions, Snell attributed the conduct of Parnell — a former Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan — to PTSD. 

In 2020, Parnell was narrowly defeated by Democrat Conor Lamb within the race to characterize Pennsylvania’s seventeenth Congressional District. He was endorsed by former President Donald Trump to win the GOP main within the battle to fill the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).