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Former candidate charged with domestic assault

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Republican congressional candidate who raised eyebrows with a Facebook post in September has been arrested on a domestic assault charge.

Richard Bradley Staats was arrested Sunday after his wife called police and said he struck her in the face at their Hermitage home. The police report noted a red mark on Bethany Staats' left cheek and said it was consistent with her statement.

Richard Staats said the couple argued and he pushed his wife down on a bed and left.

Staats lost to incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville on Nov. 6.

He posted a photo of a handgun and the words, "Welcome to Tennessee, Mr. Obama" on Facebook, saying it wasn't a threat, but support of the Second Amendment.

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