Civil arrest warrant issued for former congressional candidate Das

Owes $7G in small claims judgement to former campaign manager

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Beej Das, a former Democratic candidate for US House of RepresentativesMassachusetts Third Congressional District. Courtesy of Beej Das

A civil arrest warrant has been issued for Beej Das, a former longshot 3rd Congressional District candidate, who owes his former campaign manager more than $7,000 in a small claims case.

“I have no reservations whatsoever in initiating this,” Brennan Spencer, Das’ onetime campaign manager in 2018, said Thursday about the civil arrest warrant. “I fully intend to have this served.”

Abhijit Das, known as Beej Das, ran for what is now U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan’s seat in a Democratic primary in September 2018 and finished in seventh place with just 1,492 votes, or less than 2% of the vote. Brennan said he was Das’ campaign manager for six weeks before resigning in May 2018 and was not paid the $5,800 he was owed as well as benefits agreed to in a contract.

Brennan filed his small claims action on April 22 and Das failed to appear at a June hearing, where a judge ruled in Brennan’s favor and totaled the damages owed by Das at $7,337.67 due by July 24, according to Lowell District Court records.

When Das failed to appear at a payment review Monday, a civil arrest warrant valid for one year was issued, court records show.

Das did not return a phone call and text message seeking comment.

The process calls for Brennan to pay a $300 fee to the Middlesex Sheriff’s office or to a constable to have Das arrested and brought to court, adding that fee to Das’ total owed. Brennan said he intends to do so next week.

“I was informed of Mr. Das’ background as this business owner, constitutional scholar, which makes this a little bit even more glaring,” Brennan said.

Das, a former law clerk, lawyer and hotel developer, ran into trouble with the Tyngsboro Board of Selectmen, when they voted in December to place conditions on his Stonehedge Hotel & Spa’s license renewals because of more than $200,000 in back taxes and sewer bills.

Das, listed in state records as the resident agent of the hotel’s licensee, Boston East Tyngsboro Holdings LLC, finished paying off the delinquent bills in April, the Lowell Sun reported.

Brennan has since worked as a political operative on campaigns around the region. He said he has not spoken to Das since he resigned from the campaign.

“I’ve worked nearly a dozen races over the past five years for many great candidates up and down the ticket,” Brennan said. “They all knew better, they know that hey, you gotta pay your staff. I just don’t get why Beej thinks differently.”