Former GOP candidate Staats arrested for domestic assault

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:33am
Brad Staats

Former U.S. Congressional candidate Brad Staats was arrested early on Sunday morning after allegedly slapping his wife during a domestic dispute.

Staats admitted to police that he “pushed his wife ... down onto a bed then left the location,” according to a Metro Nashville Police Department affidavit. The report also indicates that Staats' wife Bethany called police to their Hermitage home and told police Staats slapped her.

“Ms. Staats did have a red mark on her left cheek consistent with her statement,” the affidavit reads.

The former Republican candidate for Tennessee's 5th District was booked into Davidson County Jail at 3:39 a.m. Sunday. Staats, 43, was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic assault, posted a $5,000 bond and was released.

Staats, whose campaign site describes him as a "family matters" conservative, ran against longtime Democratic incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper in November's election. Cooper won by more than 30 percent of the vote.

Aside from his political aspirations, Staats is the founder of ConsulTel, a Hermitage-based wholesale security distribution company.

Calls to Staats' home on Monday morning were unsuccessful.

He has a trial date set for Feb. 7 next year.

23 Comments on this post:

By: Peskyone on 11/26/12 at 10:39

Conservative Republican Family Values--wives must submit to their husbands. (if wives don't submit, what then?)

By: pswindle on 11/26/12 at 10:47

Well, well well, here we go with the little wifey deal, do what I tell you or else. Some values.

By: Jughead on 11/26/12 at 11:33

She forgot to starch his knickers.

By: BigPapa on 11/26/12 at 12:26

I think he's a Church of Christ guy, so yeah.. he was just following the teaching of The Bible.

By: freedan on 11/26/12 at 1:08

To all those who TRY to speak of or by the Bible, READ more and JUDGE less.

By: Jughead on 11/26/12 at 3:34

Am I the only one who wants to smack that smirk off of his face?

By: Ask01 on 11/27/12 at 5:15

All are great comments.

I must admit the first thought which popped into my mind concerned the "family values" stance so often espoused by the GOP.

I do agree, however, the GOP, members of which routinely profess a great love for the Gospels and teachings of Christ, should read deeper, and fully embrace the concepts of charity, forgiveness, and tolerance contained in those hallowed volumes.

Perhaps if they actually practiced what they profess to believe, they would not find themselves set upon with glee when they stumble.

By: govskeptic on 11/27/12 at 7:34

Ask01: Always the judgmental comments and partial Bible comments when
someone profess to be a member of the GOP. Since the City Paper only
brings us stories like this when a GOP or Conservative is involved, it would
lead the partisans to preach no Democrats are ever involved in a little
wife training, of course, that may be the case since the wife wears the
pants and does the smacking at home and in office.

By: Kosh III on 11/27/12 at 7:44

Wait for it:
He will whine that he's only human and can fail, but feels sooooo sorry and is ready to move on.
In other words: he won't take personal responsibility. We heard this shameless excuse with Scott DesAbortion, Sen Stanley, and all the other pious moralizers who do the opposite of what they demand everyone else do.

Govskeptic: what do you mean? no Democrats? Remember how the GOP wasted 61 million dollars trying to destroy President Clinton?

By: budlight on 11/27/12 at 9:15

Kosh, people make mistakes. But of course the demoncrates don't ever admit them.

GOP did not "try" to destroy Clinton. He committed adultry with a white house intern and did his own damage to himself and his family. And yet you dems still think someone else tried to hurt the little man. And I do mean "little" man. He could not "control" his wife, so he made damn sure he got a woman "UNDER" him. Or in his case, on her knees in front of him.

All men (and women) are subject to losing their cool. It's just how we handle it that makes or breaks us.

By: Jughead on 11/27/12 at 9:16

All of you demtards become sanctimonious at convenient times. Your party is twicer as disgusting when it comes to morals.

So, just shut up.

By: budlight on 11/27/12 at 9:46

Notice this Jughead: When they are presented with the cold hard facts, ie, Clinton committed adultry and humiliated his wife and child in front of the entire world, they shut up.

Hey maybe we are on to something. Let's keep 'em quiet with the truth.

By: PKVol on 11/27/12 at 2:55

I guess it is easier to not support family values, that way when you slap your wife, you aren't a hypocrite.

"'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone', and as Jesus scribbled in the sand, each dropped his stone and walked away. Jesus turned to the woman and said, 'Go, sin no more'." John 8:7b-11 (paraphrased)

By: Ask01 on 11/27/12 at 6:43

All the witch hunt involving President Clinton did was prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, if you confront a married man and ask him about improprieties involving another woman, HE WILL LIE! End of story.

Now personally, I wish he had puffed out his chest, smirked, and declared, "Yep, I did, and it was fun too!"

Seriously though, anyone capable of logical though has to be able to link the fact the GOP, (or God's Own Party, the face they wear in public) has a long history of attaching themselves to the religious far right, and appealling to all manner of religious based groups, with the reality of their actions not tracking with the public image.

The Democrats and Liberals have never claimed to be so morally superior themselves, realizing people make mistakes and at times exercise poor judgement. That said, there should be no shock and outrage when poor judgement and bad behavior by those who so identify themselves as morally superior results in media coverage.

Just remember, the higher the ivory tower from which you look down on people, the further you have to fall.

By: courier37027 on 11/28/12 at 7:00

Ask01, please. Consider the Democratic party's theme that only they, with your money, can provide better for your family, children, retirement, responsibility than you will. When it does not not work, they ask for more money. After all, it is "for the children" or "for the elderly". Both parties and sanctimonious: one wants your morals, the other your wallet. Both fail.

By: Kosh III on 11/28/12 at 7:33

Bud, you have selective memory. I was including the witch hunt by Ken Starr: Vince Foster, Whitewater, and the bogus "Travelgate."

It cost 61 million and did NOTHING but obstruct.

By: Kosh III on 11/28/12 at 8:01

I said:
"Wait for it: He will whine that he's only human and can fail, but feels sooooo sorry and is ready to move on."

But one of his apologists did it for him instead:
"budlight on 11/27/12 at 9:15
Kosh, people make mistakes"

By: Jughead on 11/28/12 at 10:48

I think all dudes should live in porkaopolis and have free run at anything willing to offer her honor. Wifey should then shut up and clean him after a night out.

By: Moonglow1 on 11/28/12 at 10:59


Why am I not surprised. Tea Party = Sleaze Party.

Tea Bible Thumpers = Wife Thumpers

Tea Temperance = Alcoholics

DesJarlais = Morally Corrupt Medical Doctor

Freedom?? Does not equate with Tea Nuts

Guns in cars-not good for the general public with so many Tea Nuts owning guns owning them

By: Poor Dirty Repunks on 11/28/12 at 3:05

Wow, he's got the Bush smirk going, as if to say "Yeah, I'm a giant hypocrite with the soul of a cockroach.....what about it?"

By: Poor Dirty Repunks on 11/28/12 at 3:13

Govskeptic.....yes, the gosh durn librul media only tells the bad stuff on redumblicans. That's why you guys have to go all the way back to Clinton to find a weak comparison. Meanwhile, you got two of the lowest scummiest "family values" liars in the whole country right there in your lil' ol' state. It must be about the librul're right.

What would possibly motivate someone to come on here to defend this kind of behavior? And why would any woman with a brain stay in your odd 19th century throwback of a political party? So some old white dude can control her life? Or rough her up a bit when his lil' ego gets hurt?

Yeah, family values are very very important to you folks.....ha ha ha ha ha.

By: Ask01 on 11/29/12 at 5:13

Courier37027, I agree whole heartedly that both, in fact let's just say all political parties believe they are better able to manage peoples lives than the people themselves.

Additionally, all parties have certain groups to whom they cater.

Anyone with an IQ above a cinder block should realize these facts.

My personal preference, however, is to support the party concentrating on people issues as opposed to allowing businesses and corporations to operate with little or no regulation, depending on the illusion of trickle down to get money into the hands of average people.

By: TharonChandler on 12/2/12 at 11:37

That is a 'terrifying charge' that could cost the man an ability to get a passport ( and therefore cost him the ability to get laid in a closed society nation of USA) and in many other cultures a man has a ryt to slap his wife (and also at the l'burg National guard gymnasium i heard).