Decision 2020

Mass. Auditor Candidate's Ex-Wife Accused Him of Emotional, Verbal Abuse During Divorce, Court Docs Say

The documents show Anthony Amore’s wife filed for a restraining order in 2009 — a month after filing for divorce

Anthony Amore
NBC10 Boston

Less than a month until Election Day, court records have surfaced from the divorce of Republican nominee for Massachusetts auditor Anthony Amore.

The documents show Amore’s wife filed for a restraining order in 2009 — a month after filing for divorce. She alleged emotional and verbal abuse, said he "shoved" her and also threatened "revenge," according to the documents.

She also told the court she was concerned her husband owned a gun. A judge granted a temporary restraining order requiring Amore to vacate his family’s home and forfeit his gun to police. He ended up getting it back months later, after the divorce.

According to documents, DCF initially supported his wife's allegations, but a year later reversed its ruling, saying it was wrong to support them in the first place.

"Divorce is painful and takes a toll on all members of the family. Mine was no different," Anthony Amore told NBC10 Boston in a statement. "It is deeply disappointing that my opponent would stoop to attacking my family simply to win political office. This level of ruthlessness is not what the people of Massachusetts need or want."

Amore is the only candidate in the state to get the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker.

He is running against Democratic state senator Diana DiZoglio.

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford released a statement saying that the documents raise "serious questions" that Amore should answer.

"Not only do these serious allegations call into question his temperament, the fact that he did not proactively disclose this information to voters presents serious doubts about his commitment to transparency, a cornerstone value of the Auditor’s office," Bickford said. "Massachusetts deserves an auditor who will be fully transparent."

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