RAW VIDEO: Sen. Knotts, wife of Rep. Wilson spar over ballot access
Tue, 08 May 2012 18:30:41 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee's attempt to put candidates back on primary ballots sparked a heated exchange between a Republican senator and a congressman's wife.
The wife of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson rushed up to Sen. Jake Knotts when the meeting ended Tuesday, criticizing him. Pointing her finger, she said he was wrong to object to a measure extending when candidates could file paperwork.
WACH Fox's Adam Pinsker was at the meeting and recorded the video clip above.
Roxanne Wilson's sister was among nearly 200 candidates tossed off ballots following last week's state Supreme Court ruling.
Knotts responded that she was wrong to act that way in public as a congressman's wife. When security attempted to calm her down, she pushed the guard out of the way and rushed into Knotts' office.
When they emerged, she kissed Knotts on the cheek, saying they'd made peace.
The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, May 2 that candidates should have filed financial paperwork when they filed to run for state and local office in March.
The two page ruling says in part, "[our opinion] speaks for itself and stands as written. Accordingly, we deny the request for rehearing."
Knotts killed a bill that came out of the Judiciary Committee Wednesday, which would have allowed candidates who didn't make the March deadline to file by April 20th.
Under a new system, those documents were supposed to be filed online with the state Ethics Commission by a March 30 deadline , but the parties did not check for them. The forms include income and other financial information.
The court wrote candidates can stay on the ballot if they give party officials a paper copy of their financial information when they file their candidacy.
The Supreme Court justices' five-page opinion reads in part, "we fully appreciate the consequences of our decision, as lives have been disrupted and political aspirations put on hold. However, the conduct of the political parties in their failure to follow the clear and unmistakable directives of the General Assembly has brought us to this point."
Meantime, Federal Judge Cameron Currie will hear a challenge to the State Supreme Court ruling Thursday afternoon.
Last week, state Senate candidate Amanda Somers filed the lawsuit, arguing that her candidacy was thrown into question after the justices ruled that financial- and candidate-intent paperwork must be filed at the same time.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)