*Atricle updated with a correction below
Knotts is best known for referring to Governor Nikki Haley as a âragheadâ when she was a candidate during the 2010 GOP Gubernatorial primary.Â Knotts has become known throughout South Carolina as âBoss Hogâ in reference to the character from the 1980s TV series The Dukes of HazzardÂ due toÂ Knottsâ good âol boy thuggish style of dealing with people.
His thuggery sort of culminated a few months ago when Knotts had a couple of his henchmen file a lawsuit against his primary challenger Katrina Shealy.Â The Suit ended up resulting in around 200 candidates, both republican and democrat being thrown off the primary ballots across the state in addition to Shealy.
Shealy and many other disenfranchised candidates were able to get their names on the November ballots as âpetition candidatesâ through grass-roots efforts of collecting thousands of signatures.Â That effort has become known as “Operation Lost Vote.”
Knottsâ reputation has become so bad in SouthÂ Carolina that the State Republican Party recently decided to officially endorse Shealy for the general election even though Knotts is the official GOP nominee.
The reprimand by the Ethics Committee deals mostly with the mishandling and misreporting of campaign contributions; most of which stem back to his 2008 Senate campaign.Â Apparently the Ethics Committee found that Knotts failed to report around $27,000 in campaign contributions, and accepted around $25,000 from individuals and groups above the maximum amount allowed by law.
Knotts will not face any fines, but he has been ordered to refund the $25,000 mentioned above.Â He has also been required to clean up his campaignâs financial reporting system, and he is now not allowed to withdraw more than $100 in cash at a time from his campaign funds.
This is the first time in at least a decade that a South Carolina State Senator has been officially reprimanded.
It seems that SouthÂ Carolinaâs Boss Hog may well have turned himself into political baconâŚ.
Posted by:Â Javan Browder
*When we first posted this piece we reported it as though the reprimand took place this month, but we have since realized that we misread the date from our source. Â It actually took place in September of 2010 instead of 2012 as we first thought. Â Our source was posted on âSeptember 15, 2010 12:01 a.m.â Â so 12 a.m. made it look like 2012 at a glance.Â That was our mistake.
Regardless of when it took place it was well deserved. You can view the Committeeâs report via this link. We apologize for any confusion regarding the date.
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