It’s been less than a week since Eric Bodenweiser, the GOP nominee for state Senate dropped out of the 19th District Senate race. Now instead of facing Election Day, Bodenweiser faces a list of felony charges.
The former state Senate candidate was indicted Monday, Oct. 22 on 113 felony counts. Details on the charges are not available because documents were sealed by the Attorney General’s office. However, recent reports indicate Bodenweiser faces nearly 40 charges of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and about 74 charges of unlawful sexual contact in the second degree.
Bodenweiser who defeated Incumbent Sen. Joe Booth in September in the Republican primary just kicked off radio campaign not long ago after rumors started to circulate about campaign being inactive. Bodenweiser eventually suspended the campaign and withdrew from the race on October 18th.
Bodenweiser had become a favorite of Tea Party supporters in Sussex County. He narrowly lost his primary race against Booth two years ago before winning this time around. After he defeated Booth former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell came to a Bodenweiser fundraiser. That was the last time he was seen publicly.
Speculation started on several internet sites that something was going on inside the Bodenweiser campaign. There were also postings on bodenweiser.com which claims there were family issues about Eric Bodenweiser. A check of the website today thanks the grand jury for indicting Bodenweiser. During the primary, the website called for the re-election of Joe Booth. Now it’s calls for a vote for both Democratic candidate Jan Hovington or write in candidate Brian Pettyjohn. The mayor of Georgetown jumped into the race two weeks ago as a write-in candidate.
The 19th District in which Bodenweiser was aiming for covers Georgetown, Bridgeville and Long Neck.