Mississippi Rep Doug McLeod allegedly punched wife for undressing too slowly

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Doug McLeod
Representative Doug McLeod. Image: George County Sheriff's Department

Mississippi State Representative Doug McLeod was arrested on Saturday on a charge of domestic violence.

The Republican legislator from Lucedale in south Mississippi is alleged to have punched his wife in the face for undressing too slowly when he wanted to have sex with her.

Doug McLeod: “Are you kidding me?”

Deputies from the George County Sheriff’s Department arrived at McLeod’s home just before 9pm on Saturday May 18th.

According to reporting from the Biloxi-based Sun-Herald, McLeod had a drink in his hand and was visibly intoxicated when deputies arrived. The deputies explained they were responding to a report of domestic assault, which, according to WLOX, had come from inside the house.

“Are you kidding me?” McLeod answered.

McLeod allowed the deputies into his home. Their report states that the Republican lawmaker needed to use a handrail to keep from falling over. “Mr. McLeod had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern,” the report said.

Inside the deputies found two women seated at the top of a stairway, one of whom, Mrs McLeod, had a bloody nose. The deputies also found blood on the McLeods’ bed and on their bedroom floor.

According to Mrs McLeod, Doug McLeod “just snapped,” as he often does when drinking.

At one point, Mrs McLeod had locked herself into a room along with the other woman in the house. She alleged that Doug McLeod had banged on the door, threatening to kill her dog if she did not come out.

The sheriff’s office report states that McLeod had allegedly punched his wife when she undressed too slowly after he demanded to have sex with her.

McLeod was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, and released on a $1,000 signature bond.

Phillip Gunn calls for McLeod to resign

Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn called on his fellow Republican to resign if the allegations against him are true.

“I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true,” he said. “These actions are unacceptable for anyone.”

Democratic State Senator David Blount was even more direct.

“Rep. McLeod should resign,” he wrote on Twitter yesterday.

McLeod has not made any public statement himself since his arrest. An event he was scheduled to take part in yesterday with the Mississippi Association of Educators has been rescheduled.

About Doug McLeod

First elected in 2011, McLeod was reelected to represent the south Mississippi 107th district in 2015 with over 76% of the vote. He is currently running unopposed for reelection in both the August Republican primary and the November general election.

McLeod is the second Mississippi state legislator to be arrested in the last six months. Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Burton was arrested for driving while intoxicated outside Starkville just before Christmas. Shortly after his arrest, Burton stepped down as Pro Tem and announced he would not seek reelection.

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