US Senate candidate loses bid to seal child custody case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — — A judge is refusing to seal records and proceedings in the ongoing custody battle involving Sean Parnell, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

The judge, in his Thursday ruling, also rejected Parnell’s request to bar his wife from talking about past restraining orders she had sought against him.

Parnell had made the requests after a rival for the Republican nomination, Jeff Bartos, and an associated super PAC attacked Parnell over the matter, calling him “unelectable.”

Parnell’s campaign has disputed the notion that the restraining orders sought by Laurie Parnell in the contentious divorce case were evidence of any wrongdoing. Neither lasted more than a matter of days.