The National Republican Congressional Committee has relaunched their “Young Guns” program designed to bring “strong Republican candidates” into new congressional districts.
And, much like 2010, they seem to be attracted to candidates that have histories of antagonistic relationships with women.
South Carolina Congressional Republican contender Thad Viers, who was running in the newly created 7th district, has just dropped out of the race after being charged with first degree harassment for violating requests to not contact an ex-girlfriend, after six months of appearing at her home and work post-breakup.
This would be the second time Viers has been charged with harassment, having been accused of harassing his ex-wife’s boyfriend back in 2006. Viers pled “no contest” and explained that he was “under the influence of love.”
In 2010, many of the touted “Young Guns” candidates had past patterns of misogyny that ranged from denying rape victims emergency contraception to domestic abuse, restraining orders and even sexual assault.
It would appear that at least when it comes to the “Young Guns,” the GOP found place where history keeps repeating itself.
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