Mike Chambers, 40, was arrested on Sept. 16 after police responded to a call at the couple's home in the Mendenhall Valley area of Juneau. Officer Terry Allen wrote in his police report that Sara Chambers told him her husband grabbed her by the neck and she thought he was going to hurt her.
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Mike Chambers was deputy press secretary to Murkowski from 2004 until earlier this year, when he transferred to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Before that, he was The Associated Press' Juneau correspondent.
Sara Chambers, 35, narrowly won an assembly seat in Tuesday's city election.
Mike Chambers was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and released on his own recognizance on Sept. 18 by District Judge Keith Levy. Sara Chambers was granted a protective order keeping her husband from their home and other locations around Juneau.
"Mike and I are working together through this situation to figure out what's best for our family," Sara Chambers said Monday.
Mike Chambers said he was seeking counseling.
"The court documents don't paint the full picture (but) my actions were deplorable. I feel a deep sense of regret for what I did and what I said," he said. "I expect to be held accountable for my actions in court and, most importantly, with my family."
In her request for the protective order, Sara Chambers wrote that her husband knocked her down and choked her the night she called the police. The night before, he had also grabbed her throat, she wrote.
Murkowski spokesman John Manly said the governor's office would not comment on the arrest.
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