SC GOP threatens to sue Haley's former primary foe

SC GOP threatens to sue Haley's former primary foe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Republican Party wants former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin to stop calling himself an independent Republican.

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore threatened legal action Thursday if Ervin doesn't immediately stop running TV ads that identify him as an "independent Republican for governor." Moore says it's misleading.

Ervin's ads began running Monday, 10 days after he withdrew from the June primary. Ervin said he decided to bypass a primary challenge to Gov. Nikki Haley to instead pursue being a petition candidate on the November ballot against Haley and Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

Ervin says the ads are running for another week or so. In response to the GOP's cease-and-desist letter, Ervin says "thank goodness for freedom of speech" and it shows Haley is concerned about his candidacy.