Former U.S. Congressional candidate Brad Staats was arrested early on Sunday morning after allegedly slapping his wife during a domestic dispute.
Staats admitted to police that he “pushed his wife ... down onto a bed then left the location,” according to a Metro Nashville Police Department affidavit. The report also indicates that Staats' wife Bethany called police to their Hermitage home and told police Staats slapped her.
“Ms. Staats did have a red mark on her left cheek consistent with her statement,” the affidavit reads.
The former Republican candidate for Tennessee's 5th District was booked into Davidson County Jail at 3:39 a.m. Sunday. Staats, 43, was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic assault, posted a $5,000 bond and was released.
Staats, whose campaign site describes him as a "family matters" conservative, ran against longtime Democratic incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper in November's election. Cooper won by more than 30 percent of the vote.
Aside from his political aspirations, Staats is the founder of ConsulTel, a Hermitage-based wholesale security distribution company.
Calls to Staats' home on Monday morning were unsuccessful.
He has a trial date set for Feb. 7 next year.