GOP Senate candidate Don Bolduc was “aggressive” toward police in the 2018 incident

The home of New Hampshire Republican Senate nominee Don Bolduc was the scene of a riot that became “aggressive toward police” and required a call for backup in 2018, according to an incident report and dispatch log from The Daily Beast.

In December 2018, Bolduc’s wife, Sharon, called 911 for a medical emergency. Dispatchers with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department listed a man in his 50s with chest pain and difficulty breathing. Bolduc, a retired brigadier general, was 56 at the time.

Upon arriving at Bolduc’s home, an officer from the Stratham Police Department called headquarters to say it would be a “verbal domestic” incident and requested backup.

In the redacted incident report, the officer questioned a person outside the home who became “aggressive towards police” and said, “I feel like I’m being questioned in my own driveway.” The rest of the family, the officer describes in the incident report as ” very cooperative”.

Attempts to calm the person initially didn’t work, and the officer reported that her “behaviour hadn’t changed and was still very nervous”.

The officer’s report also notes that two people in the house “had an argument and it escalated,” and when he asked the person in the driveway for an explanation, all they replied was, “It just happened.”

“I explained it [redacted] that I wasn’t sure why [redacted] was as aggressive towards the police as the rest of [redacted] Family was very cooperative,” the official said in the report.

The officer later called back to the scene: “No crime. Peace is restored.”

Six months later, Bolduc would officially declare his first Senate bid, where he was defeated in the 2020 New Hampshire Republican primary by Bryant “Corky” Messner, who would later lose by more than 15 points to Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Bolduc campaign spokeswoman Kate Constantini said in a statement to The Daily Beast that the kerfuffle was the result of “brothers will be brothers” after one of Bolduc’s sons was involved in a car accident on his way home for Christmas. She did not address the confrontation with the police.

“Brothers will be brothers and the next morning when the damage to the car was discovered tensions between the boys were high,” Constantini said in the statement. “This incident has been resolved between the brothers. As a precaution, the paramedics were called when the general was unwell and tried to defuse the situation. Luckily he was fine and the family had a merry Christmas.”

Stratham Police did not respond to a request for comment.

Although Bolduc is still listed on his personal Facebook page as an active patrol officer with the Hampton Police Department, he is no longer an officer there.

The retired brigadier general has announced his support of police in both Senate campaigns and posed for a photo with a Salem police officer last July. Bolduc wore a t-shirt that read “GIVING UP ISN’T IN MY BLOOD” while holding a sign that read “DEFEND NOT DEFUND.”

Bolduc’s transition to the general election was rocky. After spending months accepting Trump’s election lies — he was one of 124 retired generals who signed a letter making the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen and President Joe Biden was improperly elected — he reversed course days after winning the primaries.

“I’ve done a lot of research on this and spent the last few weeks speaking to Granite staters across the state, from every party, and I’ve come to the conclusion, and I want to be definitive on this, that the election wasn’t stolen,” Bolduc told Fox News.

Two weeks earlier, he said he stood by the letter and would never give up his vote-resisting stance.

“I signed a letter with 120 other generals and admirals saying Trump won the election and damn it I stand by my oath,” Bolduc said at a debate hosted by the far-right Government Integrity Project . “I’m not changing horses, baby.”

Bolduc also went after Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu during the primary. He took credit for Sununu not participating in the race, preventing him from doing so with an alleged “Sun Tzu-like campaign.” Bolduc also called the country’s fifth most popular governor a “sympathizer of communist China”.

A late confirmation from Sununu to Bolduc’s opponent wasn’t enough to turn the tide, and the pair eventually reconciled in front of the camera after election night. Sununu offered a handshake, Bolduc offered a hug.

On the night of his first win, Bolduc brandished a Halloween toy – the shield of King Leonidas from the film 300– in a photo op to end the night.

A Republican National Committee member told The Daily Beast that Bolduc has already been written off by the most serious GOP agents in the Granite State.

“He’s a liability anyway, I think he’s got enough other things,” said the RNC member, requesting anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

“If I were Maggie Hassan, I would take a vacation right now.” GOP Senate candidate Don Bolduc was “aggressive” toward police in the 2018 incident


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