Confessed Domestic Abuser Archie Parnell Wins South Carolina Democratic Primary


Archie Parnell won the Democratic nomination in the race to represent South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday night even after admitting to beating his wife in the 1970s.  Parnell won a full 60 percent of the vote, according to the Post and Courier, a local newspaper.


His campaign staffers made the shocking revelation about his past in late May.


Divorce records showed that Parnell, then a college student in his early 20s smashed a glass door with a tire ion to enter an apartment where his then-wife, Kathleen Parnell, was staying. He then hit her multiple times.

Calls for him to drop out of the race immediately rolled in. South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson released a statement  saying Archie Parnell’s actions “directly contradict” the party’s values. Campaign staffers abandoned ship, and some people asked that their donations be returned, but Parnell — once regarded as a rising Democratic star in the state — refused to quit.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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