A week ago, Democrats believed Sumter financial advisor Archie Parnell represented perhaps their best opportunity to switch one of South Carolina’s six seats in Congress currently held by Republicans.
Now, they are calling for him to drop out of the Fifth Congressional District race after a new report outlined serious domestic violence accusations against him 45 years ago.
The Charleston Post & Courier revealed Monday that divorce proceedings from Parnell’s first wife show she accused him of repeated physical abuse. Most notably, the report mentions a 1973 incident when she accused Parnell of using a tire iron to break through the door of a friend’s apartment where she was hiding, then beat her once inside. She later obtained a restraining order and a divorce the next year. [Read more…]