MassGOP Calls On AG Healey To Rescind Dixon Endorsement After Domestic Violence Revelations

BOSTON -- A story in today's Worcester Telegram and Gazette is shedding light on a domestic violence case involving Democrat Moses Dixon, a candidate for state representative in the 17th Worcester District. Dixon, whose bid for state rep. was endorsed this summer by Attorney General Maura Healey, was arrested in 2012 and charged with assault and battery on his then-girlfriend after he allegedly choked her and pinned her against a wall. Dixon was later the subject of a restraining order. Today, the MassGOP called on AG Healey to rescind her endorsement of Dixon given these disturbing revelations: 

"Violence against women - and specifically the behavior described in these reports regarding Mr. Dixon - is unacceptable and disqualifying for public office," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Given Attorney General Healey's role as the state's highest law enforcement officer, and as a member of a key state panel addressing domestic violence, she should immediately rescind her endorsement of Mr. Dixon to maintain the public's trust in her office." 

Moses Dixon was arrested and charged in 2012 for allegedly choking his then-girlfriend."The Democratic candidate for state representative in the 17th Worcester District, Moses S. Dixon, this week is defending himself against domestic assault allegations made four years ago by a former 'college sweetheart....' In a restraining order affidavit, dated May 8, 2012, obtained by theTelegram & Gazette in Central District Court this week, Kristal A. Hansley alleged that at 9 p.m. May 7, 2012, Mr. Dixon 'physically choked' her and 'pinned' her up against the wall in the Main Street apartment the couple shared." (Craig Semon, "State rep. candidate Dixon defends himself against assault charges," Telegram & Gazette, 10/13/16) | (2012 Police Report, Telegram & Gazette)

Attorney General Healey endorsed Dixon earlier this summer, praising him by saying he "shares [her] values." "'Moses Dixon is working hard every day for the people and communities of Worcester and Leicester, and I’m happy to support his campaign,' Healey said in a statement. 'Moses shares my values and a has strong commitment to social and economic justice.  He will be a great partner to work with in the Legislature.'" (Tom Matthews, "Attorney General Healey endorses Dixon in 17th Worcester," Worcester Magazine, 6/27/16)
Healey sits on a key panel addressing domestic violence. In a press release regarding the panel, Healey pledged to "help hold offenders accountable for their actions," (Mass.Gov, "Baker-Polito Administration Re-Launch Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence," 4/27/16)