Reported by Matt Long, SCRN
At its quarterly meeting, the state’s Republican leadership discussed several issues facing the party. And after much talk leading up to the meeting, there was very little discussion about how to handle controversial comments made by a senior state senator.
Despite public pressure from several groups including the Upcountry Coalition of Conservative Organizations, the state’s GOP did not discuss controversial remarks from Lexington Senator Jake Knotts in its meeting Saturday.
Earlier this month, Knotts called both Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and President Barack Obama “raghead”–a derogatory term usually aimed at those of Middle Eastern descent.
The coalition and Greenville Republican Party Chairman Patrick Haddon held a press conference last week , calling for Knotts’s expulsion from the party. But the leadership did not address the issue at all in its public meeting.
However, one session was closed off to the media and even a few party members. After that session, the gathering was reopened and Chair Karen Floyd asked if there was any new or old business. When there was no response, she ended the meeting.