Another Potential “Young Gun” Charged With Harassing a Woman

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.”

Viers was named an “on the radar” potential Young Gun, but has now been dropped from the list.

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.

Photo by Olek Remesz via Wikimedia Commons


Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta5 years ago

Thank you for sharing :-(

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Suzanne Loewen
Suzanne L6 years ago

Sadly, not a big surprize.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

uhm.. wow

dawn d.
Dawn D6 years ago

when does crazy end?

Mandi A.
Amanda A6 years ago


Marianne C.
Marianne C6 years ago

I don't object to the Repubs looking stupid or ending up with egg on their collective face. But I do have to wonder why they don't do background checks on candidates and potential candidates. A downcheck could save them a lot of embarrassment.

They might also want to step back and take a long, hard look at their platform and their ideology It might behoove them to figure out why a certain kind of person is so attracted to their belief system, and what they need to change in order to attract someone beside fundamentalist fanatics, misogynists, adulterers, corporate raiders, and money-grubbing corporatists who want to pass laws to benefit themselves.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m6 years ago

One example is hardly a story.
And why bother, we already know what a bunch of chauvinistic, massaganistic idiots most of these repug are, and not worthy of the time it took to read the "story".

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Will my excuse "I'm under the influence of hate" fly?

Laurita Walters
Laurita Walters6 years ago

Every little bit helps as far as increasing knowledge of facts.