NBC Boston has published a story this morning on state auditor candidate Anthony Amore and it stinks.

The outlet investigates a 13-year-old divorce proceeding between the Republican candidate and his partner, specifically that his now ex-wife filed for a restraining order and that the Department of Children and Families had initially supported her accusations of emotional and verbal abuse.

Allegations are one thing, but they are not facts.

The after-hours Friday request was automatically put in place, leaving Amore no choice but to wait until Monday morning to get in front of a judge who found the restraining order without merit and ordered it immediately lifted. The DCF reversed its original decision to support the allegations, later stating that they were wrong to have supported the allegations in the first place.

While details of a personal family matter like divorce are none of our business, Amore was granted full legal custody of his children and reached a standard separation agreement with his ex.

Who would be interested in a divorce from over a decade ago? Oppositional research being conducted on behalf of Amore's primary opponent in the statewide race for auditor is the likely source. Judging from the race's only debate which aired yesterday, Diana DiZoglio is consistently attacking Amore to distract from another fact: she is severely underqualified for the role she seeks.

Suddenly a red herring about her opponent's family appears.

It's dirty and it stinks.

Editor's note: Elsa Puglielli, ex-wife of state auditor candidate Anthony Amore, says the couple's children were "always" in her physical custody and that their father was granted visitation. "Their father and I had joint legal custody." She also claims the Department of Children and Families did not interview family members prior to reversing its decision. 

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