A Democrat running for the U.S. House of Representatives — who caused an uproar with a campaign ad showing him smoking marijuana — now faces a slew of allegations, including physically abusing women.
Benjamin Thomas Wolf, a candidate in the Democratic primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley for an Illinois House seat, is accused of abusing a girlfriend and falsely claiming he is an “Iraq veteran” and “former FBI agent.”
“He actually hit me, threw me to the ground, put his foot on my chest. He was really angry. He grabbed my face,” Katarina Coates, a former girlfriend who interned for Wolf’s campaign, told Politico. She also said Wolf emotionally abused her and and “doxxed” her by posting her name and home address on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Coates described at least six incidents of physical abuse.
I thought it was normal. I cannot explain the logic. It seemed like he cared about me when he did that. After that time he stood on my chest, he went and took me for chocolate cake. I kind of associated it with his caring. … There were times I would ask him, “Do you ever regret hitting me?” He would say: “No, but I’m relieved when you put your head down so I don’t have to do it again.”
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