2013-05-20 / Local News

GOP responds to county man’s lawsuit

Ledger Staff Writer

An attorney for the South Carolina Republican Party has asked the Cherokee County Court of Common Pleas to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the party and its executive director by a Cherokee County resident who claims he was defamed by the state GOP boss.

Brian Frank, a political activist from Gaffney, sued South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly and the party’s state Executive Committee last month claiming Connelly personally harmed him with false accusations and by comparing him to the Boston marathon bombers.

Included with the lawsuit were e-mailed correspondences between Connelly and another Republican Party official, in which Connelly allegedly advised, “I would highly suggest that you/me/the party, etc TOTALLY distance ourselves from this guy.”

In addition to allegedly false accusations, the lawsuit alleges Connelly damaged Frank’s opportunities to “engage in political discourse and participate in the Republican Party.”

In a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Attorney Butch Bowers claimed that the “communications on which the plaintiff bases his claims are, on their face, neither defamatory nor slanderous.”

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