Republican candidate running for Congress has violent past

David GurfeinPhoto: Peter Walden Sr

A former Marine lieutenant running for a Long Island congressional seat was once busted for roughing up the mother of his child during an ugly custody battle when they lived in Nevada, court records reveal.

Republican David “Bull” Gurfein, 51, a decorated veteran who served on the front lines in Iraq and in Afghanistan, is challenging Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice in Nassau County’s Fourth Congressional District.

But his record of valor is marred by the ugly domestic-violence incident.

On Sept. 4, 2010, Gurfein was arrested on a domestic battery charge following a confrontation with his ex-girlfriend, Marguerita Hambree Rollins, while visiting his daughter, Avery, now 8, at the ex’s home in Henderson, Nev.

According to the police complaint, Hambree-Rollins said Gurfein pushed her with both hands and knocked her on her back during an altercation in the bathroom.

Gurfein was bathing his daughter and was upset when Hambree Rollins entered the bathroom.

“I noticed that Marguerita had two bruises on her right arm, one above her elbow and one below, consistent with someone grabbing her arm. I also noticed that Marguerita had scrapes on her left elbow consistent with a fall,” Officer Daniel Medrano said in the police report.

“I asked Marguerita if there were other incidents like this one and she advised, ‘Yes it has happened in the past,’ ” the officer said.

Gurfein is 6-foot-2 and weights 220 pounds. Humbree-Rollins is 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds.

Gurfein gave conflicting accounts of what happened, according to police.

“David advised that he started to push Marguerita out the door with both hands but later changed his statement by saying he did not touch her,” Medrano said.

Gurfein said Humbree-Rolls fell to the ground when her leg hit a piece of furniture after the bathroom door she was holding swung open.

Gurfein pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor battery charge. He was sentenced to undergo anger-control counseling for the first-time offense.

Gurfein sought to downplay the battery charge, saying he didn’t want to discuss the details of the incident and inflame tensions with Humbree-Rollins.

“I was in the middle of a child-custody battle. I was fighting for custody of my daughter,” he told The Post.

“What mattered was what’s best for my daughter,” said Gurfein, who is celebrating his second-year wedding anniversary to his wife, Beth.

“I got equal custody to my daughter. It was the greatest victory in my life. At the end of the day, my daughter is happy and healthy,” he said.

Humbree-Rollins declined to comment.

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