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Former Candidate Charged With Domestic Assault

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Republican congressional candidate who raised eyebrows with a Facebook post in September has been arrested on a domestic assault charge.

A police affidavit said Brad Staats was arrested Sunday after his wife called police and said he struck her in the face. The police report noted a red mark on Bethany Staats' left cheek and said it was consistent with her statement.

Brad Staats said the couple argued and he pushed his wife down on a bed and left.

Staats lost to incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Jim Cooper of Nashville on November 6.

He posted a photo of a handgun and the words, "Welcome to Tennessee, Mr. Obama" on Facebook, but said it wasn't a threat, but rather support of the Second Amendment.

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