Pa. candidate discloses arrest record

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -- A candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is bringing up his arrest for domestic assault -- in his own campaign materials.

Democrat Jim Prendergast says telling voters about his 1996 misdemeanor assault conviction "to be honest with the people I'm going to work for." He said he wants to explain the arrest on his terms, rather than have his opponent bring it up in an attack ad.

Prendergast calls the incident a turning point in his life. He said he didn't strike his then-wife, but grabbed her roughly with both hands during an argument. He said they are now on friendly terms.

The man he's running to unseat, Republican state Rep. Tom Quigley, says he never had any intention of bringing up the incident.

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