Businessman Associated with GOP Senate Candidate Resigns over History of Domestic Abuse

Tim Moles was, by most accounts, a successful businessman in Oregon and was tapped to lead a small business coalition supporting GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby. Today, however, he is not, thanks to a BuzzFeed investigation that found he’d been convicted of assaulting his wife and sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Back in 2002, Moles was convicted of three counts of assault and one count of felony harassment. “Court records detail various acts of domestic violence including Moles choking his wife, threatening to kill her, punching her in the face, and dragging her out of a car,” BuzzFeed reports.

And there’s another detail that was dropped from the trial, due to lack of time to file the charges properly: Moles was also accused of placing a hit on his wife, allegedly asking a fellow inmate to execute the deed.

Since then, Moles has refashioned himself as the CEO of an energy company, and in an announcement of his new role on Wehby’s campaign, said that he found it “worrisome that I am constantly diverting resources to fight against unnecessary and duplicative regulation.”

Wehby’s campaign had no idea that Moles had such a checkered past. “He has offered his resignation from his voluntary position, and the campaign has accepted,” a spokesman for the campaign told BuzzFeed.

[h/t BuzzFeed]
[Image via Wehby for Senate]

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