State Rep. Joe Brennan abandons reelection bid after arrest

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 22, 2012 7:38 PM

(Harrisburg) — A three-term Democratic state representative from the Lehigh Valley is quitting his race for re-election, a week after he was charged with drunken driving and assaulting his wife.

Representative Joe Brennan released a statement on Wednesday that expressed regret. He said he would remain in office through November and asked for privacy.

Police say they responded to a 911 call on August 15th about a man hitting a woman outsideBrennan's home in Fountain Hill, and his wife told officers Brennan had choked, punched and wrestled her to the ground.

He was pulled over a few blocks away and arrested. His lawyer didn't return a phone message Wednesday.

The 48-year-old Brennan is charged with simple assault, harassment and driving under the influence.

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