- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Republican running to replace U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney has blasted two GOP rivals for voting to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds.

News outlets report that in a Facebook ad, Republican Sheri Few attacked election rivals Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman. The state House members voted to remove the flag in 2015 after a white supremacist killed nine African-Americans in a Charleston church.

Few said in the ad when Norman and Pope voted to remove the flag and the 30-foot pole it flew on beside a Confederate memorial, it “started a war on our history.”

Sumter Democrat Archie Parnell said Republican leaders and candidates need to reject the hate Few’s campaign promotes. Few responded that Parnell’s comments were an affront to people who understand “our” history cannot be destroyed for political correctness.

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