When allegations of home violence in divorce filings surfaced towards South Carolina congressional candidate Archie Parnell final summer season, nationwide Democratic management swiftly condemned his marketing campaign and referred to as on him to drop out of the race. He didn’t. And now two outstanding Washington Democrats are supporting his marketing campaign within the last days of the race.
Rep. Jim Clyburn, the assistant chief for Home Democrats, will seem with Parnell at a barbeque on Nov. 5 in Sumter, South Carolina, Parnell marketing campaign spokesperson Michael Wukela confirmed to BuzzFeed Information.
“We approached the congressman on this, and we’re thrilled he stated sure,” Wukela advised BuzzFeed Information over a cellphone name Tuesday afternoon.
A spokesperson for Clyburn didn’t instantly reply for remark.
Early in October, Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, donated $1,000 via his marketing campaign to Parnell’s marketing campaign amid a spherical of contributions to Democratic Home candidates throughout the nation. A consultant for Richmond didn’t instantly reply for remark.
Parnell was as soon as thought-about South Carolina Democrats’ greatest hope at flipping a congressional seat within the state, the place Clyburn is the one Democrat within the state’s congressional delegation. Parnell narrowly misplaced to Republican Rep. Ralph Norman in a particular election in 2017 to fill Mick Mulvaney’s seat.
The Democratic Social gathering’s congressional marketing campaign arm added the district to its record of battleground districts earlier this 12 months, and nationwide and native assist coalesced behind Parnell’s marketing campaign. However that every one flipped as soon as the Put up and Courier reported on the allegations that Parnell had damaged the glass door of a buddy’s house and bodily abused his ex-wife whereas in faculty within the 1970s. After the allegations surfaced, native and nationwide Democratic officers fled the race, together with the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee, the state Democratic Social gathering, and Clyburn.
“What Archie Parnell did is inexcusable and deeply disturbing, and he ought to drop out of this race instantly,” Meredith Kelly, the communications director for the DCCC, stated in a Might assertion following the allegations. A spokesperson for the DCCC advised BuzzFeed Information on Tuesday that the committee’s stance on the race has not modified.
“Forty-five years in the past, whereas nonetheless a school pupil, I did one thing that I’ve regretted each single day since. In response to actions I really feel pointless to specify, I lashed out and have become violent with different individuals, together with my former spouse, which led to a divorce and monumental change in my life,” Parnell stated in a press release to the Put up and Courier.
Parnell refused calls to drop out of the race forward of his June main and gained with greater than 60% of the vote. He referred to as the outcomes a “clear message” that “you don’t must be outlined by your worst mistake. You don’t must be forged apart.”
In August, Finish Residents United, a PAC that helps candidates in favor of marketing campaign finance reform, contributed $2,500 to Parnell’s marketing campaign, in response to Federal Election Fee filings. ECU rescinded its endorsement of Parnell’s marketing campaign in a Might letter offered to BuzzFeed Information, and requested that its contributions be returned to the PAC. Parnell’s marketing campaign mistakingly returned an excessive amount of cash to ECU leading to a $2,500 contribution in August to his marketing campaign.
In South Carolina, voters are divided — largely alongside generational traces — about what to do with Parnell. Some Democrats — largely older ones — say that he’s the duly elected Democratic nominee, so Democrats ought to forgive him and assist his marketing campaign. Youthful voters have been extra reticent to take action, saying there is no such thing as a place for a confessed home abuser in politics at this second.