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Dear fellow Republicans,We are current and former county chairmen and members of our Republican StateExecutive Committee. Like you, we have seen the recent stream of negative emailscoming from those who are criticizing Chad Connelly
’s leadership of our party and we
wanted to take a moment as a group to set the record straight.Throughout his term as Chairman, Chad has gone to great lengths to work with localleaders in every county, visiting all forty-six county party organizations and working withthem to build our party. As a result, we have enjoyed record-breaking success.
Chad’s Record:
 
We increased our majorities in the state legislature: gaining two seats in the House for atotal of seventy-eight, and gaining one in the Senate for a total of twenty-eight
 –
andadded to our congressional majority by winning the new 7
th
district.We raised a record $3.6 million dollars for the 2012 election cycle.We hosted three nationally televised presidential debates and saw a record 607,000fellow South Carolinians support our Presidential PrimaryWe also activated over 1,400 campaign volunteers and made over 800,000 critical voter contacts in support of our candidates in South Carolina and key battleground states.
It is for these, and a host of other reasons, that Chad has been endorsed by over 90 members of our state committee and county chairmen, in addition to many of our statewide elected officials.
These
are people who take our party seriously and they don’t offer their endorsements
lightly.
Negative Distortions:
Of course, there have been challenges. There always are, and t
hat’s politics. But now
these challenges and the facts surrounding them are being distorted by those who arepushing their own negative agenda.
First, they are
claiming that Chad sought a “one million dollar bailout” of our 
state party. THIS IS FALSE!
This is an intentionally misleading reference to the fact that the State ElectionCommission conducted our 2012 Presidential Primary, just as it did in 2008 for our partyand for the Democrat party.
Simply put, it’s their job –
and due to federal election laws,it is a necessity.
 
The fact is that our Presidential Primary is an important part of the growth of our party, agreat opportunity for our conservative grassroots activists and an economic boon for our state.
Second, they are claiming that Chad was the cause of having many Republicansthrown off the ballot last year. THIS IS FALSE!
Chad worked to do everything possible to protect our candidates. The simple fact isthat new legislation regarding candidate filing was passed which conflicted with existinglaw, resulting in lawsuits and an unprecedented State Supreme Court decision to throwcandidates of both parties off the ballot rather than allowing them to amend their filings.This was despite the fact that the State Election Commission officially received thesefilings.In the end, we agreed to work to hold Democrats to an equally vigorous standard whenit came to being on the ballot, which resulted in more Democrats being removed thanRepublicans.Finally, you should know that the legal action that started it all was initiated byREPUBLICANS who have brought nothing but division to our party. Those efforts werefurther supported by some of the same Republicans who are spreading these negativeaccusations today.They are wrong and disingenuous.
Third, they are charging that Chad made the party borrow money and engaged indeficit spending. THIS IS FALSE!
In the course of defending our nominees and their ability to get on the ballot, as well asour county party organizations, we had to go to court
 –
which meant legal bills. TheState Executive Committee
 –
not just Chad
 –
discussed and then approved taking out aloan to temporarily cover these expenses so as not to disrupt our plans and resourcesfor the 2012 election.It was the right move for our candidates and our local party organizations. The 2012election results speak for themselves.We strongly believe that it is our job as a party to defend the ability of our candidates tobe on the ballot, as well as the right of voters to have a Republican alternative in everygeneral election.It is also worth pointing out that many of the people spreading these accusations are thesame people
pushing for changes to our party’s nomination process that would result in
more lawsuits and more candidates thrown off of the ballot.
We are county chairmen and members of the State Executive Committee. Wewere there, and these are the facts.
We hope you will help us spread the word andoppose efforts to promote division in our party.We also hope that you
will join us in supporting Chad Connelly’s re
-election as our Chairman at the May 4
th
State Convention.Sincerely,
 
Glenn McCall
 –
National Committeeman, former York County ChairmanCindy Costa
 –
National CommitteewomanJim Jerow
 –
former Georgetown ChairmanJoyce Jerow
 –
former Georgetown CommitteewomanBrenda Bedenbaugh
 –
Saluda CommitteemanMoye Graham
 –
Clarendon ChairmanLarry Jordan
 –
Calhoun ChairmanMax Kaster 
 –
Calhoun CommitteemanTommy Plonk
 –
former Lexington CommitteemanLin Bennett
 –
SCGOP First Vice Chairman, former Charleston ChairmanLanneau Siegling
 –
Charleston CommitteemanEric Fry
 –
Marion ChairmanJack Parke
 –
Chesterfield ChairmanGlenn Gulledge
 –
Chesterfield CommitteemanEddie Adams
 –
former Oconee ChairmanPhil Soper 
 –
Oconee CommitteemanLadonna Ryggs
 –
former Spartanburg ChairmanSandy McGarry
 –
Lancaster ChairmanEarl Capps
 –
Lancaster CommitteemanDonnie Jones
 –
former Lancaster CommitteemanRoy R. Lindsey
 –
Orangeburg CommitteemanShery Smith
 –
Sumter ChairmanSteve Smith
 –
Newberry ChairmanTerry Hardesty
 –
Berkeley ChairmanRodney Ashcraft
 –
Edgefield ChairmanSusan Aiken
 –
SCGOP District 3 Chairman, former Anderson CommitteewomanDennis Saylor 
 –
former Aiken ChairmanKevin Thomas
 –
Fairfield ChairmanNick Sprouse
 –
Beaufort ChairmanJim Dickson
 –
former Beaufort CommitteemanIda Martin
 –
Williamsburg ChairmanCarroll Duncan
 –
former Dorchester ChairmanJanice McCord
 –
Abbeville CommitteewomanRandy Page
 –
SCGOP District 2 ChairmanPhillip Bowers
 –
Pickens ChairmanMargaret Hendricks
 –
Pickens CommitteewomanOuida Page
 –
Darlington ChairmanMichael Luppe
 –
Darlington CommitteemanDeb Marks
 –
Richland CommitteewomanDrew McKissick
 –
SCGOP Executive Committee ParlimentarianDeLinda Ridings
 –
SCGOP Executive Committee SecretaryEdward J. Cousar 
 –
SCGOP Second Vice ChairmanJohn Major 
 –
Cherokee ChairmanBill Pickle
 –
former Florence ChairmanGlenn Baum
 –
Florence CommitteemanDrew Johnson
 –
SCGOP District 5 Chairman, former Chester Chairman

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