County GOP wants hopefuls to sign pledge of purity
COLUMBIA | The Republican Party in a small, conservative South Carolina county expects its candidates to lower taxes. It also expects them to not watch porn, be faithful to their spouses and not have sex outside of marriage.
The Laurens County Republican Party originally decided that anyone who wanted to run for office with the GOP’S blessing would have to sign a pledge and be approved by party leaders. They backed off that idea after the state party said it was illegal and the pledge received international attention, becoming another cultural-ssues nightmare for Republicans.
The 28-point pledge passed last week appeared to be at least in part a response to an extramarital affair had by the county sheriff, who also was accused in a lawsuit of driving his mistress to get an abortion in a county-owned vehicle, leading to an interparty squabble when the local group’s leader called for the sheriff to resign.
The pledge is full of traditional Republican talking points in a conservative state — balancing budgets, opposing gun control laws and abortion, supporting school choice and a statement that marriage is “fundamental to the stability, betterment and perpetuation of our society.” Hulk Hogan comparisons.
When the former House speaker came out to the podium to thank supporters Tuesday night, the campaign headquarters in Atlanta was rocking to “Real American,” a song made iconic by the professional wrestling superstar.
Supporters in the room also waved signs proclaiming “Newt-amania,” another bow to Mr. Hogan, who proclaimed “Hulk-a-mania” as running wild across the country in the 1980s.
Mr. Gingrich has used both the song and the slogan in campaign rallies in recent days.