Skeletons Haunt Senate Hopefuls
There are eight Republicans, three Democrats and two Independents currently running for the U.S. Senate that have bankruptcies, tax liens or criminal convictions in their past.
The former mayor of Youngtown, Ariz., and current owner of a cleaning business, Hackbarth describes his plan to combat debt in Washington as “Economics 101.”
“When you only make so much money and your bills are more than that…you don’t spend more do you? No! You find ways to CUT back; you give up things until your budget is adjusted and your income improves. We, as Americans, must learn to live within our means and so does our government,” his campaign website said.
In addition to his bankruptcy, the InvestigativeCheck search revealed a criminal record. Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau records show that Hackbarth was convicted of disorderly conduct in Wisconsin in 1984 and of criminal damage in Wisconsin in 1992, for which the records state he received two years probation. In 1994, records show he was charged with battery/domestic violence in New Mexico, though that charge was later dismissed.
In an interview with InvestigativeCheck, Hackbarth explained that the domestic violence charge came after he had an argument with his ex-wife. “I happened to grab her wrist and re-injured her broken wrist,” he said. “The injuries were already there prior to me defending myself from being slapped.
“Everybody has a right to defend themselves. I am opposed to domestic violence,” said Hackbarth, who today lives with his wife and three children and describes himself as a “Christian and a family man” on his campaign website.
Two years prior to that incident, in 1992, Hackbarth was convicted in Wisconsin of “criminal damage” after he punched a door during a night of drinking with his girlfriend, he said.
A criminal background does not prohibit someone from running for federal office. According to Article 1, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, anyone can run for U.S. Senate, as long as they meet three criteria: They must be at least 30 years old, been a U.S. citizen for at least nine years, and be an inhabitant of the state when elected.
Even someone running from the law can run for U.S. Senate without disclosing their background.
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