PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Democratic congressional candidate Michael Neary says he’s nonetheless within the race to be Rhode Island’s subsequent congressman regardless of an ongoing felony case in Ohio.
Neary, who’s looking for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District seat, was arrested final month and charged with menacing by stalking and possession of marijuana in Miami County, Ohio.
Police have accused him of following a pair he didn’t know from the airport in Columbus to Troy, Ohio, that are about 60 miles aside. The couple mentioned they had been “scared for their life,” in response to police.
Nearly has pleaded not responsible to the fees, and on Friday he instructed Target 12 he’s not bowing out of the marketing campaign presently.
“I’m still in the race,” he mentioned throughout a cellphone interview. “I’m not suspending my campaign, I’m not doing anything like that at the moment.”
Nearly, who mentioned he’s at present in Ohio, declined to touch upon the specifics of his felony case. But he mentioned “there’s just a lot of the story that hasn’t be told yet.”
He’s a part of a crowded area of Democrats who’ve filed to run within the 2nd District main since Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin unexpectedly introduced his retirement in January. The others are Omar Bah, Joy Fox, Seth Magaziner, Cameron Moquin, Sarah Morgenthau and David Segal.
Republican candidates for the seat embrace state Sen. Jessica de la Cruz, former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and former state Rep. Bob Lancia.
In an interview with 12 News final month, Neary mentioned he’d moved again to Rhode Island from Ohio with aspirations to fill the opening congressional seat. He grew up in Coventry and West Warwick, however had since moved to Ohio the place he labored for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
According to police, Neary supplied an Ohio tackle when he was arrested final month. His arrest was first reported by Target 12.
On Friday, Neary mentioned he was attempting to enhance his well being and psychological well-being by consuming higher and stepping into a greater sleep cycle, together with looking for medical assist. The Democrat mentioned he understood there was excessive curiosity in his case, given his political aspirations, however that he wished to speak with an legal professional earlier than making any particular feedback.
“I’m keeping in touch with close friends at the moment and trying to work through some stuff,” he added. “I’m a candidate in the race, and a lot more is going to be forthcoming in the coming days and weeks.”
According to police, Neary initially instructed officers he’d gone for a drive the evening of his arrest to “clear his head,” and mentioned he thought he acknowledged the automobile he ended up following, which was the one one on the freeway in the course of the early-morning hours.
But his story subsequently modified, and he instructed officers he didn’t know the driving force, however was “drawn to the Ohio registration” on the again of the automobile, in response to police.
A police report reviewed by Target 12 confirmed he admitted to smoking marijuana, and deputies discovered a half-empty bottle of whiskey in his again seat.
Neary was arrested and held on the Miami County Jail till he was arraigned on March 23, in response to courtroom data. He was launched on bail two days later, and he’s due again in courtroom for a pre-trial listening to on April 21.
Ted Nesi contributed to this report.