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St. Paul mayor calls on city council candidate to drop out of race after photo controversy

St. Paul mayor calls on city council candidate to drop out of race after photo controversy

The mayor of St. Paul, Minn., on Sunday called on city council candidate David Martinez to drop out of the race after a controversy involving a topless photo of Martinez's estranged wife that was posted on his campaign website, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Martinez, who is running as an independent, apparently posted the topless photo after his ex-wife filed a restraining order against him, according to the Pioneer Press.

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"David Martinez’s behavior is disturbing and has no place in our city," St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said in a statement, the outlet reported. "I wish the best to his family and our entire community as we heal from the harm his acts have caused. He should drop out of the city council race immediately."

Martinez's wife accused him of domestic abuse earlier this month. 

The photo came with a description about the restraining order, apparently written by Martinez, in which he claimed sheriff's deputies came to his workplace to deliver it.

"They presented me with a restraining order (see attached) that my wife had filed with the District Court. CRAZY!!!,” the post reads, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Fabricated/made-up most of the testimony contained within the restraining order. I am shocked and amazed that someone can make up a story just so they can kick someone out of their own home … and take the kids away."

Neither Martinez nor his wife could be reached for comment, the Star Tribune reported. Martinez also did not respond to phone calls from the Pioneer Press regarding the mayor's statement.

Meredith Martinez's affidavit describes a July 4 physical assault in which Martinez grabbed her neck and shoved her, then threatened to throw her out of the house, according to the Tribune.

St. Paul police on Sunday told the Pioneer Press that investigators are working to take down the topless photo. 

Other candidates in the city council race, as well as the chair of the St. Paul Republican Party, have called for Martinez to drop out, according to the Pioneer Press.

The topless photo controversy is the latest in a string of scandals to plague the candidate: Martinez was also ejected from a Minneapolis baseball park and arrested at a St. Paul public library earlier this month.