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      Kershaw Co. GOP leader criticized for liking "shoot a cop" article

      Photo Credit: Kershaw County Patriot Facebook Page

      CAMDEN (WACH) -- A Midlands county GOP leader is taking flack for an article he "liked" on Facebook.

      Kershaw County Republican Party Co-Chair Jeff Mattox is sticking by his decision to give the digital thumbs-up earlier this month to the article titled "When Should You Shoot A Cop". on the Tea Party activist group Kershaw County Patriot's Facebook page.

      Mattox told the Associated Press Tuesday that he's standing by his support of the article that claims in certain cases it's acceptable to shoot an officer. However, Mattox says he doesn't remember clicking the "like" button, but stands by the free speech of the author.

      As a result of the action, state and county Republicans are asking Mattox to resign from his post in Kershaw County. Mattox says he's not going anywhere.

      National political blog picked up on the story overnight Monday and says South Carolina democrats are taking the time to criticize the GOP party by pointing out, what they call, the anti-government direction it is taking.

      "The anti-government rhetoric has been ramped up so much in this state," Sen. Vincent Sheheen told POLITICO. "In South Carolina, I think we've seen a real shift in the Republican party over the last 8 to 10 years that culminated in the last election -- a move away from those traditional positions and more a flat out anti-government approach."

      Sheheen narrowly lost the gubernatorial election to current Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in the 2010 election season.

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