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Former Democrat accused of racism and domestic abuse seeks GOP nomination

Former Democrat-elect and anti-Trumper Mike Marsicano, running as a Republican for the second time against a former Trump official in the Pennsylvania primary for a US House seat, allegedly abused his then-wife in the early 2000s and has a history of fighting and racism according to unearthed records.

In January 2000, records showed the former Democrat had ‘abused’ his wife ‘physically’ for four years, which overlapped during his time as mayor – part of the reason he also did so. threatened to ‘not tell anyone’ since he ‘had control of the law’ due to his position as mayor at the time. Lanora Marsicano, his then-wife, reportedly filed documents with the court two days after Marsicano stepped down as mayor, Lanora said her then-husband had “physically abused her for the past four years and used his relationship with the police to silence her.”

In fact, at the time, Lanora also claimed her husband had “at least 30 guns in his home and threatened to use them out of anger following the couple’s December 8 divorce filing,” in addition to him. throwing a shoe, which broke her lip months before and “threw her across the room” in 1996.

Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr., the judge assigned to their case, ordered Mike Marsicano to “refrain from harming, threatening, harassing or stalking his wife and ordered him to immediately surrender his weapons to the Sheriff of the Luzerne County, Barry Stankus” in addition to “undergoing a psychological evaluation.

Shortly after, it was reported that a deal had been reached with Lanora to allow the former Democrat to keep his gun, but granted a restraining order for “[Mike] Marsicano to have no contact with his wife, including by telephone, and orders her to refrain from harming, harassing or stalking her” for one year.

His then-employer, Continental Airlines, also grounded him due to the abuse allegations made. Wilkes-Barre time leader announced that he would be punished due to the ongoing allegations. A spokeswoman for the airline at the time, Michele Treacy, said: “Given the seriousness of these allegations, we felt it was appropriate to remove Mr. Marsicano from the flight schedule until that this matter is fully investigated.”

Mike Marsicano did not respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment regarding allegations of abuse of his then-wife in the late 1990s.

Mike Marsicano was also accused of using a racial slur and grabbing an African-American minor by the neck. In 1997, while he was mayor, a “formal complaint” was filed with the NACCP after 16-year-old African-American resident Gyles Simmons said the mayor had found him and had called out racial names” and had used excessive terms. force when he took him into custody” when he was seen “recklessly on a motorcycle in town”.

Two witnesses supported Simmons, 16,’s claim against the mayor.

“He grabbed me by the neck. He dragged me on the ground. My foot hit a rock. … He called me racial names, but he’s never going to admit it,” Simmons said. Simmons should have used crutches and had his left foot in bandages after the incident.The mayor said he told Simmons, “I am the mayor and you are under arrest.”

Mike Marsicano also did not respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment regarding the use of racial slurs and excessive force towards Simmons in 1997.

The former Democratic mayor ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2016 and 2018 as a Democrat in Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district, Breitbart News previously reported.

Then Mike Marsicano switched political parties from a registered Democrat to a registered Republican in 2019 – this was before he announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District to run against Rep. Matt Cartwright in the 2020 election. In that year’s GOP primary, Mike Marsicano lost the nomination despite garnering just 12.9% of the primary vote, less than half of the 28.4% of the 2020 Republican candidate Jim Bognet.

This year, the former Democrat will face Bognet, who worked in President Donald Trump’s administration to help create manufacturing jobs to rebuild America’s industrial heartland, in next month’s primary.

Bognet openly called his time in the Trump administration one of the “greatest honors” of his life and was proud to attend the President’s 2020 Republican nomination acceptance speech at the White House and received Trump’s endorsement in 2020; Mike Marsicano is very different.

Moreover, during the 2016 presidential election cycle, Mike Marsicano did not want to endorse the former president. He called himself a “conservative Democrat” but still said he would not endorse Trump in the presidential election. Instead, he ran against former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), who openly supported the former president and his policies at the time.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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