First, Katrina Shealy was running against state Sen. Jake Knotts (R-Lexington), a rematch of their contentious 2008 GOP primary battle.
Then she wasn’t, after a lawsuit filed by a former Knotts campaign worker got Shealy and nearly 200 other candidates removed from the primary ballot for incorrectly filing an ethics form.
Then she was, when the SC Republican Party’s executive committee voted to reinstate Shealy as a candidate in violation of the State Supreme Court’s ruling.
Then she wasn’t, when the State Elections Commission ruled the next morning that the SCGOP can’t just make up the rules as it goes along — no matter what Nikki Haley tells them.
Now, Shealy is officially back on the District 23 ballot for the November election after collecting enough signatures to be added as a petition candidate. The Shealy campaign announced Wednesday that the Elections Commission officially signed off on the 3,200 signatures she collected.
“The ballot issues spurred by my opponent earlier this year were only a distraction,” Shealy said in a statement. “People want to know they can have a trustworthy state senator who will focus on their jobs, on our economy, taxes and our values.”
Though Sen. Knotts has denied involvement in the ballot lawsuit, his efforts to kill a legislative solution to the ballot crisis were a transparent attempt to keep his opponent from running. Shealy said Knotts “has shown he will do whatever it takes to win.”
“That is not who or what we want representing our district,” Shealy commented on Wednesday. “That is not the kind of behavior we want to teach our children.”
Knotts has said all along that he welcomes the electoral fight, even though he did everything in his power to make sure it didn’t happen. If anything, the “anonymous” release of Knotts’ long-lost “raghead video” shows he’s going to get it.