Posted 5 years ago on March 11, 2012, 11:34 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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Last Tuesday, the LCGOP unanimously adopted a resolution that would ask all candidates who want to get on the primary ballot to sign a pledge with 28 principles, because the party “does not want to associate with candidates who do not act and speak in a manner that is consistent with the SC Republican Party Platform.”
Among the principles, according to Vic MacDonald & Larry Franklin of the Clinton Chronicle, is standard fare like opposition to abortion and upholding gun rights, as well as “a compassionate and moral approach to Teen Pregnancy” and “a high regard for United States Sovereignty.”
But then they get even more specific. From the Chronicle:
You must favor, and live up to, abstinence before marriage. You must be faithful to your spouse. Your spouse cannot be a person of the same gender, and you are not allowed to favor any government action that would allow for civil unions of people of the same sex.
You cannot now, from the moment you sign this pledge, look at pornography. http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/03/sc_county_gop_if_youve_had_pre-marital_sex_you_can.php?ref=fpnewsfeed
An inquiry via e-mail was made by The Chronicle to the South Carolina Republican Party on Friday about the Laurens County resolution and pledge.
The e-mail inquiry drew an immediate telephone response from Chad Connelly, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.
The qualifications of Republican candidates process is something with which counties and states throughout America are struggling, he said.
"If we are wearing the same uniform," Connelly said, "I want to be sure we are kicking the ball toward the same goal, or are you moving against me."
Connelly said he does not believe the Laurens County Republican Party will move forward with this specific process for determining who is, and who is not, a true Republican. "I don't think you will get to that stage," he said.
However, he added, some kind of vetting process must be in place, now that the Republican Party is in such a dominant position in state politics and government.
"We have Democrats running as Republicans," Connelly said, "because it is the only way they can get elected. And then we wonder, why didn't they vote the way we thought they were going to vote. The pressure is on for them to say what they are."
Connelly said President Clinton in the '90s proved to Americans that "character doesn't matter."
"Now we are finding that character really does matter," the GOP chairman said. http://www.clintonchronicle.com/latest_news/doc4f510610f0e05550131047.txt
This is going to be fun!!!!