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Lee Whitnum

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Lee Whitnum
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Born (1960-06-23) June 23, 1960 (age 60)
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma mater
  • University of Maryland University College
  • Harvard University
💼 Occupation

Lee Whitnum (born June 23, 1960) is an American who has been arrested several times while running for political office due to her outstanding politcal views. Whitnum, a member of the Peace Community, has been an outspoken critic of the United States funding of Israel and the AIPAC (the Israel Lobby). As a result of her political stands, Whitnum claims she was targeted and unlawfully arrested repeatedly in Connecticut.

Early life, education and family[edit]

Whitnum received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland University College and attended Harvard University to graduate with a master's degree (EdM.) in Administration, Planning and Social Policy.[1]

Political campaigns[edit]


In 2008, Whitnum ran for Congress in the Fourth Congressional District of Connecticut.[2] Whitnum gathered enough signatures to force a primary with Congressman Jim Himes. Himes defeated Whitnum with about 90% of the vote.[3]


Whitnum was a candidate for the 2010 Democratic nomination for the United States Senate from the State of Connecticut for the seat previously held by Christopher Dodd.[4] The nomination was won by Richard Blumenthal.


Whitnum was a candiate for the United States senate in the 2012 Connecticut U.S. Senate race. [5] U.S. Representative Chris Murphy won the Democratic nomination.


Whitnum has declared that she will be a candidate in the 2018 Connecticut gubernatorial election.[6]

Legal Troubles[edit]

Whitnum has been arrested several times:

  • On April 18, 2013, Whitnum was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespassing.[7]
  • On June 13, 2013, Whitnum was arrested Darien CT police on a charge of second-degree harassment, her second arrest in two months. Police said the director of Atria Darien, a senior living facility at 50 Ledge Road, filed a complaint against Whitnum-Baker, who was not allowed on site. The director told police that Whitnum left harassing phone messages that she, and perhaps other family members, were not pleased with the director's actions against her. The messages also said that Whitnum and family members were going to confront her at the residence in the near future, according to the police.[8]
  • On September 10, 2013, Whitnum was charged with stalking CT Superior Court Judge Jane Emons who had been presiding over Whitnum's divorce case in Stamford.[9] She was later exonerated.[10]
  • On April 24, 2014, Whitnum is arrested at the Stamford courthouse after allegedly creating a disturbance in the law library, Whitnum claimed the contrary that she was unnecessarily thrown against a wall by a judicial marshal.[11] She was later found guilty after a one day trial on August 11, 2015 and fined.[12]Whitnum appealed but the Superior Court decision against Whitnum in State v Whitnum-Baker was affirmed in November 2016.[13]
  • On April 9, 2018, Whitnum was arrested by Brookfield CT police, after being dragged off stage[14], for refusing to step down from the gubernatorial forum stage at Brookfield High School, where she was not invited by the event organizers to speak. Whitnum was charged with breach of peace after being asked peacefully several times . [15] "We’re a big tent party, we invite all people from all walks of life to participate in our party and the electoral process," Connecticut State Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto said. "But based on Lee Whitnum’s behavior [Monday night], and based on her behavior in the past, it’s clear that Lee Whitnum should not hold elected office and does not represent the Democratic Party, nor should she participate in events at the local or statewide level.” [16]


  1. "Welcome thepoliticalguide.com - Hostmonster.com". www.thepoliticalguide.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-03-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. Newman, Jared (June 20, 2008). "Whitnum forces Democratic primary in Congress race". The Hour. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  4. Keating, Christopher (June 15, 2010). "Dannel Malloy Facing Slander Lawsuit". Hartford Courant. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  5. Archived 2012-02-06 at the Wayback Machine, Leewhitnum.com. Accessed 7 February 2012.
  6. Vigdor, Neil (2014-03-17). "Greenwich woman found guilty of infraction". GreenwichTime. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  7. "Trespassing Charge for Former Senate Candidate Whitnum". patch.com. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  8. "Former Senate candidate charged with making harassing calls". dariennewsonline.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  9. "Former congressional candidate charged with stalking judge". stamfordadvocate.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  10. "Lee Whitnum exonerated of stalking charges". patch.com. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  11. "Whitnum Charged After Disturbance At Courthouse". courant.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  12. "Greenwich woman found guilty of infraction". greenwichtime.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  13. https://jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROap/AP169/169AP53.pdf
  14. ctblogger (9 April 2018). "Lee Whitnum dragged off stage at Brookfield Democratic Town Committee Gubernatorial forum". Retrieved 2 May 2018 – via YouTube.
  15. http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-whitnum-brookfield-cops-20180409-story.html Lee Whitnum Charged With Breach Of Peace After Being Removed From Gubernatorial Debate Stage
  16. Staff, WFSB. "Lee Whitnum 'dragged off stage' by police at Democratic gubernatorial forum". wfsb.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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