Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Sean Parnell Suspends Campaign After Custody Loss: ‘I'm Devastated by’ Court Decision

Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Sean Parnell Suspends Campaign After Custody Loss: ‘I'm Devastated by’ Court Decision


Pennsylvania Republican Sean Parnell announced he is suspending his Senate campaign after his estranged wife was granted legal custody of their children in a court ruling on Monday morning.

Parnell said in a statement that he is “devastated” by the court decision, which gives Laurie Snell sole legal custody and primary physical custody of their three children, ages 8, 11, and 12, and leaves Parnell with partial physical custody, according to public court records.

“I strongly disagree with the ruling today and I’m devastated by the decision. I plan on asking the court to reconsider this decision,” Parnell wrote, suggesting he intends to file an appeal.

Judge James Arner oversaw the custody hearings, which took place earlier this month in Butler County, Pennsylvania, as part of

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