Democrat officials in South Carolina are calling for their own nominee for US Senate to withdraw from the race, after a video was published showing her trash-talking her constituents. SC state representative Krystle Matthews won the Democratic primary and is facing incumbent Republican Tim Scott in the general election.
But now, according to the Associated Press, members of her own party is saying she should fold her campaign:
On Thursday, Democrats including gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham said he concurred with state Rep. Justin Bamberg, who in an op-ed published online called Matthews “toxic.”
“If any of our white counterparts had said the same thing with regards to blacks, the minority community, including myself, would be up in arms calling for that member’s immediate resignation,” Bamberg added.
In a statement provided to AP, Cunningham said that “there is absolutely no place in our political discourse” for Matthews’ comments, adding that “the Democratic Party cannot and should not tolerate such behavior from our elected officials and candidates.”
State Sen. Brad Hutto, Democrats’ leader in that chamber — who was also his party’s nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2014 — echoed Cunningham’s comments about Matthews’ Senate bid, telling AP, “When candidates of either party start making irresponsible statements, beyond what party they’re from, they need to reevaluate their candidacy, and that’s what needs to happen here.”
Meanwhile, in North Carolina, the News & Observer reports that Republican US Sen. Richard Burr “avoided an estimated $87,000 in losses and gained more than $164,000 due to his “well-timed” stock sales at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.”