STATUTE SERVES POLITICAL PARTIES, NOT PALMETTO STATE’S CITIZENS
|| By FITSNEWS || We’re not especially exercised over the local election which led us to address this issue, but South Carolina’s “sore loser” law desperately needs to be addressed. In fact it needs to be eliminated – as its existence is yet another sop to the Palmetto State’s failed two-party system of government.
The “sore loser” statute holds that any candidate who seeks the GOP or Democratic nomination for a particular office – and does not win that nomination – cannot continue campaigning for the seat.
They are not allowed to run as an independent, as a member of another party or as a write-in candidate.
“The law serves to protect the power of Democratic and Republican parties under our two-party system,” editorial writers at The (Spartanburg, S.C.) Herald-Journal opined in 2010. “It does not serve the people. In fact, the law limits the people.”
Indeed. Taxpayers subsidize GOP and Democratic primary and runoff elections in this state – affairs which usually result in the election of intellectually incurious, glad-handing, fiscally liberal, anti-free market, pro-status quo conformists.
For years it was Democratic one-party rule driving South Carolina in the ground … but in recent history “Republican” rule has made things even worse.
Our state is in desperate need of new options … and doing away with the “sore loser” law is one way to generate such options.
No political party should be given preferential treatment at any level of government. Candidates for all offices ought to be assessed on their merits, not the labels they affix to themselves.