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Ohio Media Blackout on Charlie Wilson Continues


The Cleveland Plain-Dealer wrote about the Charlie Wilson–Bill Johnson congressional race today. The big story? The DCCC buying ads.

No mention of Wilson’s divorce papers describing him grabbing his ex-wife by the neck, throwing her against a refrigerator, and leaving her covered in bruises.

There’s a sidebar to a column in the Youngstown Vindicator that discusses the race. No mention of the description of physical abuse.

National Journal’s Reid Wilson mentions the Wilson divorce papers, for a sentence as the third item in an article about races getting personal.


“Charles admits that early in the marriage he kicked and struck Plaintiff and accused her of adultery. Clara shall confirm the beatings, slappings, and kicking at the early stage of her marriage to the point where she was afraid to anger the Defendant and instead yielded to his demands . . .

He jumped out of his chair and grabbed her about the neck as he slammed her into the refrigerator. He then grabbed her about both arms, shaking her as they both went over to the kitchen counter which Mrs. Wilson struck with enough force to take the breath out of her. She then fell to the floor, hitting the bottom door to the sink. As she lay there stunned, she couldn’t move her head or pick up her arm.

Charles admits grabbing Plaintiff [his then-wife, Clara] by the arms and shaking her. He admits grabbing her around the neck with one hand. He admits bruising Plaintiff’s arms and neck.”

“Clara was taken to the East Ohio Regional Hospital by her son. She initially lied to the emergency room physician that she had fallen down stairs. The physician’s observation of a bruise on the back of the right shoulder was inconsistent with a fall down the stairs. He questioned her further and learned of her husband’s assault.”

How is this not news? How is this not something that the voters in this district should know about their congressman?

Tags: Bill Johnson , Charlie Wilson


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