A Congressional candidate in Illinois who garnered attention for smoking marijuana in front of an American flag has been accused of abusing women and embellishing details about his past.
Benjamin Thomas Wolf, who is seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Mike Quiqley, is alleged in a Politico report published Wednesday to have engaged in a pattern of physical and emotional abuse against women.
“He actually hit me, threw me to the ground, put his foot on my chest. He was really angry. He grabbed my face,” Katarina Coates, an ex-girlfriend and campaign intern, told Politico. “I thought it was normal. I cannot explain the logic. It seemed like he cared about me when he did that. After that time he stood on my chest, he went and took me for chocolate cake.”
“There were times I would ask him: ‘do you ever regret hitting me?’ He would say: ‘No, but I’m relieved when you put your head down so I don’t have to do it again,'” she added.
Coates told Politico of six different cases of physical abuse by Wolf. She said Wolf also “doxxed” her by publishing her personal information on social media.
Another woman who dated Wolf said although she was never physically abused by him, he would behave aggressively toward her.
“When he thinks he’s been wronged or threatened in any way he lashes out… It’s definitely a situation where he’s escalating. There’s abusive, escalating behavior he’s demonstrating,” Kari Fitzgerald told Politico.
Wolf, who is Jewish, denied the abuse allegations and said it was Coates in fact who harassed him. He admitted to and apologized for publishing Coates’ name and address online but said he removed them from the internet.
“I walk around this city with a black leather jacket and leather boots and this city is scared of me,” Wolf told Politico, claiming the accusations were a political attack. “We are talking about sex and drugs, we have no corporate donors.”
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In addition to allegations of abuse, questions have been raised about Wolf’s past, namely his claim to have served in Iraq despite never being in the military.
“People in the military get upset when I say I served in Iraq. The military doesn’t have a patent on the word ‘served,'” said Wolf, claiming he worked as a State Department special agent.
He also said, “I’ve been an amazing person in American history,” claimed to be one of the first people to respond to the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon, and said he has been exposed to weaponized anthrax.
The allegations of abuse outlined in the Politico report came just a day after Wolf announced he was “proud to be the first ever political ad on adult content.”
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— Benjamin Thomas Wolf (@benjaminwolfBTW) March 6, 2018