A peculiar incident in South Carolina politics arose Monday, when one Republican political figure accused her opponent of challenging another person to a traditional shooting duel.
According to The State, Katrina Shealy asked the South Carolina Republican Party’s executive committee to remove State Senator Jake Knotts from the June 12 state primary ballot, saying he previously challenged former S.C. Republican Vice Chairman Patrick Haddon to a duel.
Shealy mentioned how South Carolina’s constitution says that any of its public official challenging, accepting, or fighting in a duel would lead to him or her “deprived of holding any office of honor or trust in this State.”
However, state GOP officials denied Shealy’s request, with their party’s attorney Butch Bowers revealing how her challenge was unusual.
“To my knowledge, nothing like this has ever been brought before a state political party on a protest grounds,” he said. “If she wants to press this claim, she should take it to court. That’s a more proper venue than a political party.”
Shealy’s accusation was inspired by being removed from the June 12 ballot herself thanks to a Knotts’ campaign worker filing a lawsuit against her and other candidates for incorrectly filing paperwork.
It is unclear whether the duel between Knotts and Haddon actually ever occurred, or if Knotts ever issued a challenge originally.
The south has a long history of dueling, and in fact 19th century South Carolina governor John Lyde Wilson wrote the American handbook guide to shooting duels in 1838.
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