State law provides for a replacement when a candidate withdraws for *non-political* reasons, like a heart attack or the death of a spouse. You can withdraw and be replaced if your business is suffering irreparable damage, like a farmer after a hail storm. Pleading guilty of official corruption does NOT feel like it's a "non-political" reason for his withdrawal.
The GOP KNEW that Harrell was dirty, and they renominated him. They should grow up and admit they screwed up. The voters have TWO qualified candidates to choose from and both have been campaigning for some time. It would be totally unfair to manipulate this situation at this late date just because you cn. When will the corruption end? Insisting on the right to nominating a candidate who's name will not even APPEAR on the ballot seems like the ultimate insider game, and "we, the people" are being left out in the cold.
To the writer who keeps going on and on about Larry, here's the deal. Larry ran against Bobby Harrell. Harrell, the Republican Speaker of the House. The Democratic Party leaders, perhaps even you, opted to run NO ONE against Harrell, so if it were not for Larry the voters would have had no other choice on the ballot. Not you want to give US a hard time for running a candidate against a Republican so up to his eyeballs in corruption that he's being investigated by SLED? No, I don't think Harrell will do a perp walk. Why? Because gutless Democratic Party leaders would rather WAIT until the pendulum swings back their way so THEY can eat on the Gravy Train.
Look, if Colbert-Busch OR Sanford lose, it's their OWN fault. Not anyone else.
Bottom line, you want to have it both ways. We're so weak that we can have no influence, OR we are so strong that we will determine who wins by entering the race. You can't have it both ways. If we Greens don't matter, don't worry. If we're a force to be reckoned with, then deal with us. We have run fusion campaigns with Democrats in the past, running them on both our line and the Democratic line. I'm not saying that we would have considered Colbert-Busch, but no effort was made.
The VOTERS own their votes Mr. Cecil...not you, not Colbert-Busch, not the corporate parties, not Sanford...indeed, not even Platt. The VOTER decides. Perhaps you would prefer a system where only the elite decide, but as long as there is a shred of a democratic republic in our state, we will exercise OUR rights, whether you whine about it or not.
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