'Who's Archie Parnell?': Top Dems Appear to Ignore SC Special Election
Some top Democrats in charge of fundraising and electing new members appeared to be unaware of a second special election on the same night as the much-advertised face-off in Georgia.
Mick Mulvaney's former Congressional district, which covers upstate South Carolina, is holding its special election on Tuesday night.
It's the same night Karen Handel (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) battle to take HHS Secretary Tom Price's seat north of Atlanta.
According to Roll Call, a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) gave an incredulous answer when asked what they were doing to flip the seat formerly held by White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
"Who is Archie Parnell?" Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), who sits on the DCCC, responded when asked about the Democrat facing Republican Ralph Norman in the Palmetto State's fifth district.
Another DCCC leader, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said "I honestly have not been tracking it as closely."
Norman, a real estate developer from Rock Hill who resigned his state house seat to run for Congress, is favored to defeat Parnell, a former DOJ tax attorney from Sumter.
Still, a few Democrat figures including former Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D) from nearby Columbia, did campaign with Parnell.
The district runs southeast from Spartanburg, ending just a few miles west of I-95 and is more heavily Republican than Price's former district in Georgia.