CONCORD, N.C. -- Republican congressional candidate Tim D'Annunzio took questions Wednesday, offering what he called "context" about scandals from his past that have many Republican party leaders speaking out against his candidacy.
D'Annunzio attracted national attention Monday after he called for the head of the NC GOP to resign and then refused to answer questions about allegations of drug use, criminal behavior, and mental instability.
Tuesday, the entire delegation of current North Carolina congressmen and women endorsed his opponent in the Republican runoff election, Harold Johnson.
The accusations came primarily from court documents from D'Annunzio's contentious 1995 divorce. In the papers, his ex-wife and a doctor reference treatment for a heroin addiction, and detail outlandish religious statements that suggest that D'Annunzio believed he was the Messiah and even God.
Wednesday night in Oakboro, D'Annunzio offered an olive branch.
He admitted to using drugs in his past and acknowledged a criminal record. (He had previously admitted these things on a controversial blog he writes called "Christ's War.")
Asked about his temper, he laughed, "I'm Italian," and promised to fight passionately for issues important to conservatives in his District 8.
He also set out to explain a context for statements his ex-wife, Anne D'Annunzio, said he made in her court filings in their 1995, including a claim that he is the Messiah and that he'd discovered the Ark of the Covenant.
D'Annunzio claims he had recently experienced a religious reawakening and was studying scripture in very literal ways.
He further explained how he came to some of the more outlandish claims on his blog, "Christ's War."
He also wrote,
D'Annunzio says his opponents and the media are twisting snippets of his statements to paint him out of context. He pledged to fight on until the June 22 runoff election.