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Candidate in Pennsylvania Primary hit with protective order in Wayne County

Teddy Daniels was accused of making threats, saying he would kill the family dog and grabbing his wife by the shirt.

HONESDALE, Pa. — Teddy Daniels is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor from Wayne County. 

His wife is now accusing him of abuse and stalking; he's been barred from returning to his home.

The protection from abuse order filed in Wayne County Court details the allegations; his wife accuses Daniels of being physically and mentally abusive.

The filing claims Daniels grabbed and screamed in his wife's face last year and threatened to kill the family dog in front of the children, saying on several occasions Daniels' has threatened to "kick his a**," referring to the couple's 4-year-old son. 

Daniels' wife says the candidate also accused her of aiding a Rolling Stone article about previous abuse allegations and PFAs against Daniels. 

Daniels defended himself in this 25-minute live video posted to Facebook, claiming this is the work of the "liberal media" and suggesting his opponent may have been behind it.

"I am the victim of three unjust and unwarranted swatting events. This is political terrorism," Daniels said.

His wife says Daniels tried to prevent her from filing the protection order, claiming Daniels' campaign called her a dozen times asking her not to. 

She says Daniels has been stalking her, showing up at her job to shout expletives. 

She told investigators she's afraid of Daniels. 

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Jake Corman is now calling on Daniels to withdraw from the lieutenant governor race, calling the reports "disturbing and difficult to read." 

He's also asking Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Mastriano to drop Daniels as a running mate. 

"Since I jumped into this race, I have been hit with numerous cannonballs at point-blank range," Daniels said. "Folks, I ain't dropping out of nothing."

Daniels is not allowed back in the family's Lake Ariel home and cannot contact his wife. 

He could also lose custody of his son, pending the results of a May 6 hearing. 

Daniels' campaign did not respond to our requests for comment, neither did the campaign of his running-mate, Doug Mastriano. 

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