Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., will host an “election eve barbecue” with Democratic congressional candidate Archie Parnell regardless of distancing himself from the candidate earlier this yr when Parnell admitted to assaulting his ex-wife within the 70s.
Clyburn will seem with Parnell on the occasion the night time earlier than the Nov. 6 election, the Related Press reported. Parnell is in search of to unseat Republican Rep. Ralph Norman.
The occasion prompted the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee to name on Clyburn, the third-ranking Home Democrat, to cancel his look with an “admitted home abuser.”
“Congressman Clyburn’s actions aren’t simply hypocritical, they’re disgusting,” NRCC spokesman Matt Gorman mentioned in an announcement Tuesday night time.
In keeping with 1973 divorce data obtained by The Submit and Courier, Parnell allegedly used a tire iron to shatter a glass door after which his fists to hit his ex-wife.
When the abuse was revealed earlier this yr, Clyburn urged Parnell to finish his marketing campaign. That was adopted by the exodus of a number of employees members from Parnell’s marketing campaign and a condemnation by the state Democratic Social gathering
“What Archie Parnell did is inexcusable and deeply disturbing, and he ought to drop out of this race instantly,” DCCC spokeswoman Meredith Kelly mentioned on the time.
Parnell, on the time, referred to as his habits “inexcusable, improper and downright embarrassing.”
He mentioned he modified for the reason that incident, his ex-wife had forgiven him and that he has remarried and raised two daughters.
“I’ve at all times believed one will be redeemed,” Clyburn informed McClatchy two months in the past. He mentioned his determination to host the barbecue got here after a lot reflection.
“We requested, and he mentioned sure,” Parnell spokesman, Michael Wukela mentioned. “He [Parnell] gave a significant speech this month about what occurred 44 years in the past. He spoke very frankly about it. And for the previous a number of months, to be trustworthy, we’ve got not gotten many questions on it. Folks can say no matter they like, however Archie stepped up and took duty.”
Different Democratic figures who initially referred to as on Parnell to withdraw have had a change of coronary heart.
“Archie Parnell has gained his major and the voters of the fifth District have spoken,” state occasion Chairman Trav Robertson informed the Related Press.