Rhode Island congressional candidate arrested in Ohio on drug, stalking charges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Rhode Island candidate hoping to fill the seat that will be left by U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin was arrested earlier this week in Ohio.
According to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Neary, a Democrat, was charged Wednesday with possession of drugs, marijuana drug paraphernalia, and menacing by stalking.
Lt. Chris Bobb, who’s with the sheriff’s office, told ABC 6 News they received a call from a husband and wife who said they were being followed for 60 miles from the Columbus airport.
The driver explained to dispatch they were scared by the situation. The dispatcher advised them to drive to the police station in Troy, said Bobb.
When questioned by deputies, Neary said that he was “drained and stressed” after moving from Rhode Island to Columbus. He claims he was focused on the driver’s license plate.
While he has an Ohio license, he told deputies he was running for office in the Ocean State, added the lieutenant.
Neary and the people he followed didn’t know each other.
Bobb said when deputies searched Neary’s car, they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, posted bail, and has since been released.
According to his LinkedIn, Neary started his political career as an executive assistant for Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office until 2018. He then worked as a senior analyst at CVS Health in Ohio before returning to Rhode Island to run for office.
Earlier this year, Langevin announced he would not be seeking re-election for the seat he held for nearly 40 years.