* A swarm of citizens has industry has sprung up on Twitter over the past several months to expose this candidate. Their work is finally paying off after a couple of fawning profiles in other publications failed to check into the guy…
Benjamin Thomas Wolf’s congressional campaign office in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood is adorned with framed news stories, touting his service in the FBI.
A Newsweek article features a portrait of Wolf holding a lit marijuana blunt and asks, “Who is Benjamin Thomas Wolf? Former FBI agent smokes weed in Illinois congressional campaign ad.” A Vice story declares, “This former FBI agent is running for Congress to legalize weed.” The Times of Israel says, “Jewish ex-FBI agent makes blunt bid for Congress.”
In a news release last week, the Wolf campaign identified him as a “former FBI agent.”
But the news release and articles got one detail wrong: Wolf was never an FBI agent.
* Wolf is running against Congressman Mike Quigley. And he has a dark background…
Katarina Coates, a former girlfriend who interned for his campaign, told POLITICO that Wolf was frequently physically and emotionally abusive, and “doxxed” her by revealing her name and home address on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
“He actually hit me, threw me to the ground, put his foot on my chest. He was really angry. He grabbed my face,” said Coates, who described at least six incidents of physical abuse. […]
In one instance, Coates directly complained to DePaul campus security that she was fearful of him. In a separate instance, in April 2017, she corresponded over email with a security officer who reassured her that Wolf, who was not a student there, had actually been banned from the campus. […]
When he first announced his candidacy, Wolf described himself as an “Iraq veteran.” And on Veterans Day, he responded to a tweet from Quigley saying: “Wolf served multiple terms in Africa and Iraq. Wolf for Congress.”
But Wolf has never served in the military.