Rose Appeals Bennett's Candidacy to SC Supreme Court
S.C. District 38 GOP nominee won't get respite before going into Aug. 15 certification deadline.
S.C. Senate District 38 GOP nominee Sean Bennett had little more than 24 hours, following a Thursday court decision, to be the uncontested candidate going into the November election.
But his Republican primary opponent and incumbent for the seat Sen. Mike Rose filed an appeal Friday that alleges Bennett did not follow S.C. election law when filing.
Within the motion to appeal, there is a motion to expedite since the deadline for candidates to be certified for the November ballot is noon Aug. 15.
Rose and Bennett filed motions to intervene in the recently concluded Dorchester County Democratic Party v. Dorchester County Republican Party et al, and were both listed as defendants.
After that suit was filed June 29, a court ordered the decertification of all non-incumbent GOP candidates, including Bennett, pending a decision. The Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday that there was no evidence to prove that all or even some of the GOP non-incumbent candidates had filed incorrectly.
Rose's appeal alleges Bennett did not simultaneously file his Statement of Economic Interest with his Statement of Intention of Candidacy, and did not file for the correct year.
"How pathetic is that?" Bennett said to the Journal Scene Friday.
Bennett thumped Rose with 60 percent of the vote in June, and has alleged Rose has been playing politics.
Rose would not comment on the appeal, stating he will comment once the matter is settled.