Charleston County GOP votes against Moseley’s appeal on auditor candidates
Charleston County Republicans agreed tonight that they had legitimate candidates to choose from last week in the county auditor’s race, after all.
In yet another unusual ripple from S.C. Supreme Court rulings that tossed more than 200 candidates off the ballot across the state, the county GOP Executive Committee met at its North Charleston headquarters to hear an appeal from Auditor Peggy Moseley.
Moseley lost her three-way June 12 GOP primary battle to former Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Paul Gawrych.
Earlier this week, she filed a protest, asking the committee to find that Gawrych and her other primary opponent, David Engelman, were not qualified to run.
After more than two hours of hearing witnesses and deliberating in private, the executive committee voted 14-7 to find both were eligible and qualified candidates.
Gawrych called the result “another check in the box” toward his Nov. 6 contest against Democrat Peter Tecklenburg.
“It seems nothing good comes easy,” he added.
Both Moseley and her attorney, Sam Howell, said they have not discussed a possible appeal of the decision. Any such appeal would have to be filed by 3 p.m. Friday before the state GOP Executive Committee.
Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.