Laurens County Republican Party Chairman Bobby Smith has issued a statement concerning a resolution passed by the County Party’s Executive Committee last Tuesday:
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, a quorum of the Executive Committee of the Laurens County Republican Party voted unanimously to pass a resolution requiring all candidates wishing to file to run for public office on the Republican Party ticket to sign a pledge of support for the SC Republican Party platform as well as to have demonstrated through their actions that they uphold the principles found therein. The intent of the Executive Committee was to pass a resolution that would seek to protect the party’s reputation by holding candidates accountable to the platform and its principles.
The Republican Party’s platform represents a set of core beliefs and principles that the Laurens County Republican Party Chairman, its officers and the Executive Committee hold in high regard. We believe that the principles found in the platform define the party and should be the standard by which to measure a candidate’s qualifications for access to the primary ballot.
However, due to various legal issues, the Laurens County Republican Party Chairman, its officers and the Executive Committee WILL NOT REFUSE TO CERTIFY ANY CANDIDATE FILING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TICKET IF HE OR SHE MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS ESTABLISHED BY THE STATE OF SC. The Laurens County Republican Party reserves the right to vet its candidates and will encourage all candidates to uphold the principles of the party’s platform as well as petition candidates to sign a pledge to do so. However, no candidate will be denied access to the Republican Party primary ballot for refusing to sign the pledge.
As Chairman of the Laurens County Republican Party, I would like to encourage Republican voters to support those candidates who uphold the principles of the party’s platform and to extend commendation to the men and women who have served in public office and have stayed true to demonstrating conservative principles.