Charleston County Auditor Peggy Moseley and Summerville State Senator Mike Rose, both of whom lost re-election primaries in June, didn't seem to fare any better with the courts today.
The Charleston Post and Courier reported that earlier today, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson ruled that Moseley's opponent, Mt. Pleasant town councilman Paul Gawrych, had filed his SEI paperwork properly, leaving him on the November general election ballot. The Post and Courier also blasted Moseley in an editorial today:
You’ve got to give it to Charleston County Auditor Peggy Moseley — she’s got moxie. Or maybe you’d prefer gall.
Despite losing badly in the Republican primary two months ago, the 78-year-old auditor is going the court route in an effort to retain the position she has held since 1992.
So much for the will of the people.
Also, the Summerville Patch reported that while the State Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from Senator Rose, it won't take place until after today's certification of candidates by the state Election Commission.
Unlike past rulings, which kept candidates off the ballot before the primaries, ruling in favor of the incumbents would require the courts to overlook the lopsided margins of defeat in both races, with Moseley getting just 31 percent and Rose 40 percent.