Tom Carper (D-DE) admitted to smacking his wife in a recently unearthed interview from 1998, despite denying the allegations when he first ran for Congress in 1982.
Carper, who said the allegations published by the New York Post had no “basis in fact,” won the election by blaming his Republican opponent for trying to smear him and his wife, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Sixteen years later Carper admitted to Delaware reporter Celia Cohen that the accusations that he hit his wife were true.
"Did I slap my wife 20 years ago? Yes," Carper said. "Do I regret it? Yes. Would I do it again? No."
The WFB adds:
Carper's statement to Cohen is included in her book, Only in Delaware, which is sold by the state of Delaware on its official website and covers her more than two decades covering the state's politics. Cohen notes in her book that the abuse allegation against Carper had resurfaced once, but that he managed to avoid facing the allegations throughout his political career. …
The Post wrote that during the custody battle over his wife Diane's two children, Carper was accused of hitting his wife "so hard he gave her a black eye." It said that Carper admitted the incident occurred during a 1981 deposition. The Post story also said the children told the News Journal "that they were slapped around and bruised by Carper for doing such things as leaving the family dog on the bed."
The Senator’s office did not return requests for comment made by the Free Beacon on why he denied the allegations and then later admitted they were true.
NTK Network added that dozens of elected Democrats on Capitol Hill have taken money from a PAC associated with Carper in recent election cycles and could be forced to give up that money considering the new revelations of him admitting to hitting his wife.
According to The Center for Responsive Politics, First State PAC, whose only listed "affiliate" is Tom Carper (D-DE), gave the following sums of money to Democrats who won in the respective election cycles:
- Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) – $10,000
- Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) – $10,000
- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) – $10,000
- Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) – $10,000
- Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) – $7,500
- Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) – $5,000
- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) – $5,000
- Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) – $2,500
- Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) – $10,000
- Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) – $10,000
- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – $10,000
- Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) – $5,000
- Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) – $5,000
- Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) – $2,500
- Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) – $2,000
- Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) – $10,000
- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) – $10,000
- Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) – $10,000
- Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) – $7,500
- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – $5,000
- Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) – $5,000
- Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) – $5,000
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – $5,000
- Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) – $5,000
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – $5,000
- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) – $5,000
- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) – $5,000
- Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) – $5,000
- Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) – $5,000
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) – $5,000