Benjamin Thomas Wolf, a Democrat who became known as the “cannabis candidate,” has gained significant attention for his unconventional and controversial ad campaign associated with his Senate run. Along with smoking marijuana in front of an American flag, Wolf also brandished an AR-15 during one campaign piece and is running his ads on porn sites.
As Wolf, a former FBI employee who is running for US Congress in Illinois, spent more time in the spotlight, additional information about his possibly troubling past has surfaced.
According to a report by Politico, Wolf has been accused of physical and emotional abuse by a former girlfriend.
“He actually hit me, threw me to the ground, put his foot on my chest,” said Katarina Coates, Wolf’s former girlfriend and campaign intern. “He was really angry. He grabbed my face.”
“I thought it was normal,” Coates added. I cannot explain the logic. It seemed like he cared about me when he did that. After that time he stood on my chest, he went and took me for chocolate cake. I kind of associated it with his caring.”
“There were times I would ask him, ‘Do you ever regret hitting me?’ He would say, ‘No, but I’m relieved when you put your head down, so I don’t have to do it again.’”
Coates did not file police reports regarding the alleged incidents of abuse, though did reach out to other organizations, including Title IX officers at DePaul University, as she was currently a student there, and Roosevelt University, where Wolf stated he worked as an adjunct professor.
She even contacted campus security at DePaul to express her concerns for her safety, receiving a reply that Wolf was banned from campus.
Another complaint has previously been filed against Wolf with DePaul on behalf of another student by Jason Hill, who said that Wolf became threatening towards him after learning of the reports.
Questions about Wolf’s background have also come to light, including when he described himself as an “Iraq veteran,” though had never served in the military.
He has also claimed to be a first responder during the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and of previously being exposed to weaponized anthrax.