The top Democrat in the New Hampshire state Senate was arrested on Thursday on nine misdemeanor counts of domestic violence. Jeff Woodburn, the Senate minority leader, has vowed to fight the allegations even as he faces bipartisan calls to resign.
“I intend to fully address and defend against these charges in court,” Woodburn said. The attorney general’s office accuses Woodburn of incidents extending back to last August, including “repeatedly biting a woman described as an ‘intimate partner,’ striking her face and stomach, throwing water at her and causing damage to her property,” the Washington Post reports.
Republicans and Democrats in the state have swiftly called for Woodburn’s resignation.
“This morally reprehensible, violent behavior has no place in public service, or anywhere else,” Gov. Chris Sununu (R.) stated. Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said “any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or domestic violence is completely unacceptable behavior for anyone let alone our public officials who should all be held to a higher standard.”
Read more at the Washington Free Beacon.