" ... 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. ... "
by BETH SHAYNE | NewsChannel 36 | May 26, 2010
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.
"I’m okay with who I am enough to where I don’t really care how people try to define me," D'Annunzio told the group at a town hall meeting in Stanly County's Oakboro.
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.
"I don't fault anybody in the Republican Party. I want those people to come back," he said.
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.")
"For a year I struggled with that, and I overcame (sic) it. Not a lot of people do, and I thank God that I was able to," D'Annunzio said.
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.
"I was trying to find a reality. I was trying to find how this scripture could be fulfilled some day, " he said Wednesday. "I chose to believe that is actually going to happen but I’m not going to define or put details to exactly how. And that’s how I grew as I was going to along that journey."
He further explained how he came to some of the more outlandish claims on his blog, "Christ's War."
He also wrote, "Now do I believe that i am the messiah, you ask? I think the response proves what is true. I know that I have been anointed by God to be part of his plan to save the world."
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.