STAMFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ Lee Whitnum, 53, allegedly tried to bite a judicial marshal who tried removing her from the Stamford Superior Courthouse Library last Thursday when she got into a confrontation with another person inside.
The Greenwich resident – who launched unsuccessful runs for US Senate in 2010 and 2012 as well a failed congressional run in 2008 – started screaming when she was asked to leave the library, reports the Stamford Advocate.
As a marshal tried to grab her arm to escort her out – that’s when she tried biting him.
Whitnum is running as a Democrat against Governor Malloy in this fall’s election on a judicial reform platform.
She denies the claims and plans on filing a claim to sue the state.
On her website she said:
In response to the breach of peace charge against her gubernatorial candidate Lee. Whitnum responded today: “I never tried to bite anyone. The Judicial Marshals surrounded me for some unknown reason. They told me to leave. I said I would. I walked 25 feet never stopping; I was almost to the door, within five feet of the door when six marshals attacked me from behind and threw me up against the wall,” said Whitnum. “I still have no idea what I did wrong.” Whitnum is filing a civil suit against librarian Pamela Kaufman. “I have no idea what that woman told the Judicial Marshals,” said Whitnum.
She was arrested on a breach of peace charge, released on $500 bond and is due back in court May 20.