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New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker Arrested After Choking His Pregnant Girlfriend During Domestic Dispute

New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker Arrested After Choking His Pregnant Girlfriend During Domestic Dispute
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New Hampshire State Representative Robert Forsythe was arrested on June 28 and is being charged with "one felony count of second-degree assault and two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence" for allegedly choking his pregnant girlfriend.

Forsythe faces re-election this November but is now facing calls to resign due to his violent, criminal behavior.

According to the Concord Monitor, police arrested Forsythe after responding to a report of domestic violence on June 28 at 1:20 A.M.

When law enforcement officers arrived, they found the politician "very intoxicated" but easily recognized him from past encounters.

Forsythe claimed that he had just been raped. When the police officers entered the house, they found a pregnant woman who told them she'd invited Forsythe back to her place to sober up before he attacked her.

The politician allegedly told the woman that he carried such a long knife "because it made her scared."

After the woman informed Forsythe that her child may be his, she claims they began to "fool around" but then he "freaked out," kneed her in the back, grabbed her by the arms, and choked her.

The woman then claims to have grabbed Forsythe's knife before running out of the house and calling police. Before officers arrived, however, the state representative stormed outside and confronted her again.

This time, the woman ran around Forsythe back into the house, locking the door behind her. Before the police arrived, the politician managed to break the lock and gain entry.

According to police, Forsythe resisted arrest, continuing to struggle and kick even after officers had him handcuffed in the back of a cruiser.

While the Governor said Forsythe should resign, Republican House Majority Leader Dick Hinch said that replacing the disgraced representative should be left to the voters.

"Rep. Forsythe is the only person who can put pen to paper, and sign a resignation letter. The people of Boscawen have the right to ask him to resign if they believe he can no longer represent them."
"They also have the ability to vote for alternative candidates, including write-ins, if they believe they no longer want Rep. Forsythe to represent them in Concord."