Ironic that Tim Donnelly rails against illegal immigrants when he himself is a felon and then some. In fact, four years ago, he stole from his own wife.
Tim Donnelly is above all else, a criminal. In college, Donnelly’s time as a student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ended when he was convicted of larceny following a botched burglary. After publicly denying his felony conviction, Donnelly was caught in his lie and admitted to “breaking into somebody else’s room and stealing a stereo from them” while drunk.
Donnelly’s alcohol problems continue.
Following this conviction, Donnelly left Michigan and moved to California, but his problems with alcohol might have followed him. In 2003, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department recorded a “driving under the influence” arrest for Donnelly’s Twin Peaks residence [full address redacted, see below for full report and other details]:
Donnelly claimed publicly that he “quit drinking” following his larceny conviction. That too is a lie. On social media, Donnelly has made many references to his problematic alcohol consumption such as this one in 2017:
As a convicted felon, Donnelly couldn’t own a gun, so he bought one illegally, tried to take it on a plane, and then lied about it.
In February 2012, Donnelly was arrested at the Ontario Airport for attempting to carry a loaded .45-caliber Colt Mark IV pistol on to an airplane. Not only was this illegal, but he didn’t even have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. In fact, the gun was not even his own. Donnelly plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges and then used his political position to get a sweetheart deal of three years of probation and a ban on using, possessing, or owning any firearms.
Donnelly then violated the terms of his probation. Once again, his political connections prevented him from going to prison.
In 2016, Donnelly’s wife called 911 to report Donnelly had abandoned his family and stolen from her, and she disclosed a secret behind his often-denied felony.
On June 19, 2016, Donnelly’s wife Rowena called the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from the Donnelly home in Twin Peaks. She reported that Donnelly had abandoned his family and stolen her guns. She informed police that he was a convicted felon who was barred from owning firearms:
Read the full report for this June 19, 2016 incident. This report includes references to the 2003 DUI arrest and other emergency calls to the Donnelly residence:
(Download the report here.)
Throughout his life, Donnelly has shown a reckless disregard for the law. Whether it was violently breaking into people’s homes as a young man or mixing guns and alcohol as an adult, Donnelly has shown that he is a danger to his family, to society, and even to himself. Do we really want a repeat criminal who steals from his own family representing us in Congress?
Tim Donnelly was named Right on Daily’s Grifter of the Decade 2010-2019 for stuff like this. To be continued…
Endnote: CA-08 = California’s 8th Congressional District, this is the seat of retiring Republican Paul Cook.