Brad Staats, a Republican congressional candidate who lost in November, was charged with domestic assault on Sunday morning at his home in Hermitage, Tennessee.
Police received a phone call from his wife Bethany Staats, claiming that her husband had slapped her, reports the Daily Mail.
The police report read: "Ms. Staats did have a red mark on her left cheek consistent with her statement. Mr. Staats when questioned stated that during a verbal argument he pushed his wife Ms. Staats down onto a bed then left the location."
Brad Staats, who called himself a "family matters" conservative candidate and is a father of four children, was booked into Davidson County Jail. He posted a $5,000 bond and was later released.
Staats described himself on his campaign website as a "Conservative small businessman who believes we need new leadership if we want to move our country in a different direction."
He had promised to defend "traditional marriage" and the "social values of the people of Tennessee."
Staats caused some controversy, earlier this year, when he posted a picture of his handgun on Facebook, with the words: "Here is something that I usually have with me. Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama."