John Kasich campaign staffer fired after domestic violence arrest
COLUMBUS — A John Kasich campaign staffer, who was arrested in November for allegedly choking and punching a woman, was fired Saturday after The Enquirer called the Ohio governor's presidential campaign seeking comment.
Blake Waggoner, Kasich for America's 30-year-old deputy digital director, went to work for the campaign in November, according to his LinkedIn profile. That same month, on Nov. 12, officers from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., arrested Waggoner after receiving a report of a woman "screaming repeatedly 'get off me,' " according to the police record. The woman Waggoner was with, who is not identified in the report, told police he choked her and punched her in the back.
Waggoner was charged with simple assault domestic violence, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. He pleaded not guilty the next day, according to court records.
In December, Waggoner enrolled in diversion, a program that allows defendants, often first-time offenders, to have their charges dismissed if they complete requirements such as community service.