Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Sean Parnell lost his custody battle for his three children on Monday when a judge ruled in favor of his estranged wife, who alleged Parnell of physical and verbal abuse.
The judge granted Parnell’s wife, Laurie Snell, primary and sole custody.
The Parnell-Snell custody battle had attracted national attention in recent weeks, particularly after Snell testified under oath that Parnell had physically and verbally abused her. In his testimony, Parnell vigorously denied these allegations.
But a file entry in the custody case said the judge overseeing the matter found Snell to be more credible.
Parnell and Snell split in 2018. The couple have three children, ages 12, 11 and 8. Parnell can have the children three weekends a month.
Parnell, a retired Army ranger who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the US House of Representatives in Pennsylvania last year, has already been by former President TrumpDonald TrumpTwo Fox News contributors quit Jan 6th because of Tucker Carlson’s documentary GOP Senator: Decisions on bills that aren’t based on whether to hurt or help Trump or Biden O’Rourke won’t say whether he wants them Biden fights for him in the Texas Senate race MORE in the race for the retiring Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women aim to build on profits in upcoming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse is reprimanded by the Nebraska Republican Party for impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) Next year.
While he once appeared a likely front runner in the GOP primary field, the custody ruling is likely to deal a severe blow to Parnell’s Senate offer. A spokesman for his campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the custody ruling.