This OTYCD entry originally appeared in May 2017.
Bad update, May 27, 2018: After running a strong, surprisingly close but unsuccessful campaign for a 2017 special election, Parnell announced in October 2017 that he would run again for the House seat.
But in late May 2018, divorce records came to light that showed he had beaten his ex-wife at least twice in the early 1970s.
Read the allegations in this May 21, 2018 Post and Courier story, the newspaper that obtained the divorce records:
Parnell has acknowledged his actions and has apologized for them, but is refusing to leave the race. His campaign manager has since quit, and Democratic leaders in the state have called on him to withdraw, to no effect. In response to the news, the Cook Political Report moved the seat’s rating from Likely Republican to Solid Republican.
Read about Parnell’s refusal to end his campaign:
We at OTYCD are deeply distressed and disappointed by this news about Parnell. We believe he can do the hard, necessary work of rehabilitating himself and ultimately re-emerge as a viable candidate for Congressional office. But we don’t believe he–or anyone who finds him or herself in this sort of situation six months away from Election Day–can do that work in time to run and win.
We are angered that Parnell did not come clean about his past voluntarily, before a newspaper discovered the truth, and we’re doubly angered that he campaigned for high office knowing that this bombshell was lurking in his past. The fact that he embarked on his 2017 special election campaign against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement makes us question his judgment.
Again, we believe Parnell is capable of doing the work he needs to do to rehabilitate himself. As he says, he was a young man, not yet out of college, when he physically attacked his then-wife in 1973. But he needs to make amends before he runs for office again. We feel it is best for all if he withdraws from the 2018 House race and sets himself to doing that work.
Original text of the post follows.
Help elect Democrat Archie Parnell to the South Carolina house seat left open by Mick Mulvaney.
The special election to fill the seat takes place June 20. Parnell won the Democratic primary on May 2 with 71.3 percent of the vote. He will learn who his opponent will be on May 16, when the Republican primary runoff takes place.
Parnell is a defender of public education, Medicare, and Social Security. He has worked as a tax attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and will use his experience in that realm to make corporations yield their due.
Ballotpedia rates the South Carolina 5th district as “safely Republican.” As with other Democrats running in special elections in red areas, Parnell faces an uphill battle. But it’s a battle worth fighting.
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