South Carolina Should Tighten Up Like Tennessee GOP
It’s a step in the right direction, but the real reform would be closed primaries and taxpayer elected judges ...
The Chattanooga Times Free Pressreports:
The rules for who can run as a Republican in deeply red Tennessee are getting harder.
Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden said Friday that the GOP wants
to remain welcoming to new supporters. But that doesn't mean they should
immediately be able to become Republican nominees come election time,
isn't saying that we don't want people to be Republicans — this is the
standard that we have for people wanting to get the Republican
nomination to serve in public service," Golden said.
the little-noticed change to party bylaws approved this summer,
candidates must now have voted in three out of the last four GOP state
or federal level primaries to be considered bona fide Republican
candidates. For candidates Editseeking
to appear on next year's ballot that will mean voting histories can be
scrutinized going back to the August 2012 primary.
The previous standard was for candidates to have voted in two of the last four GOP primaries.
in the new rules will be made for candidates not old enough to have
voted in the last four primaries, moved from another state or had an
illness or military service that prevented them from voting. A letter
from established Republicans to vouch for GOP newcomers could override
the primary voting requirement, at the chairman's discretion.
a candidate's bona fide status requires a complaint from two Republican
voters. But in another change, those complaints must be made from the
same district the candidate is running in to avoid activists from trying
to interfere with races outside their home areas.
Golden, who will have the final say over all challenges, said he expects successful efforts to oust candidates to be rare.
the close to 1,000 candidates who might potentially run as Republicans,
you're talking about a handful of people that might not qualify," he
one Republican candidate could have a high likelihood of being excluded
from the ballot. Three-time Democratic candidate Larry Crim filed
federal paperwork in October to run for the U.S. Senate — this time as a
you were standing with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as recently as
12 months ago, it's hard to argue that you are now a dedicated
Republican worthy of serving our nation at its highest levels as a
Republican," Golden said.
said any challenge will have to wait until state candidacy petitions
become available in January. But should that challenge be filed, it's
difficult to envision Crim withstanding the party's scrutiny, he said.
think that is something the political committee will look at and say,
it's not that we don't want you in the Republican Party, but in order
for you to seek office on our ballot with our stamp of approval we would
like for you to be involved in the Republican Party for a decent amount
of time," he said.
ran for Democratic nomination for Senate in 2012, coming in fourth. He
came in fourth again when he ran for the Senate nomination two years
later. And in 2016, he ran against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis,
even though Crim lives in Nashville. He received 406 votes, or less than
1 percent of the total.
So basically what you have here is someone like Neal Collins of Easley proving that he can’t win with his true loyalty to the “Democrat Party” - so in order to get votes, he runs as Republican in name only.