A Democratic candidate for a U.S. Home seat in South Carolina received the celebration’s main Tuesday regardless of accusations that he violently abused his spouse many years in the past.
Archie Parnell obtained sufficient votes to safe his celebration’s nomination and can face off in November’s basic election in opposition to incumbent U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman – a Republican who defeated Parnell by three proportion factors in a particular election final yr.
The Democrat’s main victory, during which he defeated three challengers, comes simply weeks after it was revealed that his now ex-wife accused him of bodily abuse within the 1970s, in line with divorce data obtained by the Put up and Courier.
Kathleen Parnell stated their marriage ended after her then-husband made “unwarranted accusations” and beat her a number of instances.
“The Plaintiff is knowledgeable and believes that she is entitled to an absolute divorce on the bottom of bodily cruelty,” the divorce paperwork learn.
The ex-wife claimed in divorce papers that Parnell used a tire iron one night time to interrupt a glass door to enter an condo the place the spouse was hiding from him. He then allegedly made accusations in opposition to the spouse and attacked her a number of instances. The lady was crushed once more later the identical night time, the newspaper reported.
After the “acts of bodily cruelty,” the ex-wife obtained a restraining order in opposition to Parnell, saying she feared for her life, and instantly sought to divorce him.
The accusations of home abuse appeared solely in divorce papers and no prices have been filed in opposition to him on the time. However their current disclosure put Parnell underneath scrutiny, prompting the exodus of marketing campaign staffers and rapid calls to drop out of the race.
Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee (DCCC) communications director Meredith Kelly informed the Put up and Courier that Parnell’s habits was “inexcusable and deeply disturbing” and urged him to withdraw his candidacy.
South Carolina Democratic Celebration Chairman Trav Robertson joined in to sentence Parnell, saying his previous actions “although way back, straight contradict the values of the Democratic Celebration.” Robertson additionally referred to as on Parnell to drop out.
However Parnell — a tax lawyer whose previous employers have included Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil — stayed within the race, releasing an announcement claiming that although he regrets his previous actions, he’s now a modified man.
“This marketing campaign has at all times been in regards to the folks of the fifth District, my dwelling, however by no means about me,” he stated. “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 folks, together with my former spouse, which led to a divorce and monumental change in my life.
“These actions have been inexcusable, unsuitable and downright embarrassing,” Parnell added. “Since then, my life has been modified by a exceptional girl, two superb daughters, a forgiving God and a profession that has taught me to cherish what I’ve.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.