In a statement Friday, Republican congressional candidate Thad Viers said he was withdrawing from the South Carolina 7th Congressional District race.
Viers cited “personal reasons,” but his announcement came only hours after the Myrtle Beach Sun-News reported that he was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree harassment.
He is a Republican currently serving his fifth term in the South Carolina House.
According to the paper, the charge was based off a police report filed by a 28-year-old woman who had previously dated Viers. The woman said she had ended the relationship over the summer, but Viers continued to call, text, email, and show up at her home.
The police report said the unidentified woman had been reluctant to press charges because she did not want to damage Viers’s political career.
On December 16, a Myrtle Beach police report said an officer spoke with Viers and told him not to contact the woman any more. “The offender stated that he understood and would comply,” the report said.
Viers has represented the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach since 2003. He announced in August that he would run for the new Seventh Congressional seat, which the state picked up after a population increase.
Viers has been in trouble before over bad relationships. He was fined $500 in 2007 after pleading “no contest” to charges that he threatened his estranged wife’s lover.