DNC member resigns after domestic violence charges

- April 06, 2018

Puerto Rico-based consultant Francisco Domenech resigned from his seat on the Democratic National Committee on Friday after his arrest earlier this week on domestic violence charges.

Domenech, who served as a co-chair of Hillary Clinton's national finance council during the 2016 election, also managed Republican Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon's winning campaign that year to become Puerto Rico's resident commissioner and nonvoting congressional representative. Gonzalez-Colon distanced herself from Domenech this week after reports surfaced of his arrest for alleged physical violence against his wife, who works part time in the resident commissioner's office.

Domenech faced growing pressure from local and national Democrats to resign from his at-large seat on the DNC before doing so Friday.

“These allegations of domestic violence are extremely disturbing and have no place in our party," DNC spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said by email. "As such, we have accepted DNC member Francisco Domenech’s resignation.”

Domenech's ties to Hillary Clinton date back to her first presidential run in 2008, when he served as her deputy campaign manager for the Puerto Rico primary. He later managed her Puerto Rico campaign in 2016, in addition to service as a delegate during multiple previous Democratic National Conventions.

Domenech was arrested after his wife alleged that he hit her in the stomach and tried to tie her hands after attempting to take her cellphone, according to a Puerto Rico police report cited by the Spanish-language newspaper El Vocero.

Gonzalez-Colon said in a statement to El Vocero that Domenech is no longer part of her campaign and that she supports his wife in the allegations against him.

John Bresnahan contributed to this report.


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