I'm tired of having to play a part in that squabble, too (although I was left with no other choice).
But when Stamper is continuing falsehoods against Hutto, and with continued tactics of ethical and moral questionability, I feel I have no choice but to make another entry on the subject, this time directly comparing the factual history of each one, complete with citations.
Brad Hutto is FOR:
Brad Hutto is AGAINST:
The Hutto-sponsored bill on establishing a minimum wage in South Carolina and making it higher than the national rate can be found HERE. All other statements can be verified on his VoteSmart profile, and which is based on Hutto's voting record and public statements.
Jay Stamper is:
We who declare ourselves to be honest, actual progressives always criticize the far-right for their open lies. So if you want to declare yourself to be an honest, actual progressive, the last thing you want to do is tell blatant lies about your opponent, especially when it's a primary opponent. Jay Stamper is doing just that, though.
I can't tell you that I know Brad Hutto personally. In fact, I have to date never met him - never spoken with him - never communicated with him in any way. I can't tell you that I agree with him on each and every issue, either.
But not one voter will ever find a candidate whom he or she will agree with 100 percent of the time. Shoot, I don't agree with my wife every single time, either, and you'll never find a married couple (or any two people) who can say that they do. But Debbie and I are still married (15 years and counting!). I still love her dearly. We still live productive, happy lives together.
And I can still openly support Brad Hutto in his bid for U.S. Senate, as well, especially with his established, factual, and documented record of openly supporting the same progressive issues and causes that I support and fight for, too.
There are still some progressive, liberal voters in South Carolina who are openly supporting Jay Stamper (but only some, mind you). At the same time, though, recent polls found that many intended voters in June 10's Democratic primary elections were still undecided in this race.
So if you are one of those progressive, liberal voters who's kept an open (and progressive and liberal) mind regarding this race, I ask you to ask yourself this one question: will you choose A) a candidate with an established, recorded, and proven record of progressive stances, or B) a candidate who denounces the other candidate with falsehoods, who has a criminal record, and whose only publicly-recorded history is of pranks and scandals?
I ask you to support the A) option of Brad Hutto this Tuesday. Even if you don't care for any of the above statements I made about Stamper, you can't refute them or counter-argue, and you sure as hell can't contest the statements I offer about Hutto, all of which are documented fact.
And I ask you to remember the elections this November. Incumbent Lindsey Graham is very likely to win on Tuesday, and without need for runoff. His primary win won't be impressive enough, though; a majority of Republican voters said in a recent poll that they could not confirm support of Graham in the general election. Add in the third party candidates, and this one's open game for a Democrat to win. But not for a so-called Democrat like Stamper, whose deeply questionable background won't get him out of the starting gate. Hutto, however, can take it all, and can take our state of South Carolina one step further in the 21st Century.
If you are a true progressive - or true liberal, or Democrat, or lefty, or whatever term you use in self-identification --- then hold true to your ideals and vote for Brad Hutto on June 10. And in November, too.