Eugene Platt, former Green Party candidate for the state House of Representatives, wrote a letter to my editor taking me to task for an oversight in my July 29, 2009, column on the S.C. office of the ACLU. Indeed, I stand corrected. Here is Mr. Platt's letter in full. My apologies and amends to a gentleman and a scholar.
Not only because he gets it right (Or do I mean "left"?) more often than not, but also because he is a gifted writer, bold journalist, and asset to our community, I am reluctant to be too hard on Will Moredock. His column, The Good Fight, is the first thing I read in Charleston City Paper every issue and I am rarely disappointed.
Today's column, unfortunately, is one of those rare exceptions by virute of a puzzling omission. Although comprehensive otherwise, there is not even a mention of ACLU's suit last year against the State Election Commission on behalf of the South Carolina Green Party. According to ACLU, this was the first case of its kind. The suit is still pending in Federal District Court and, largely due to brilliant work by ACLU attorney Bryan Sells, the Green Party continues to be optimistic about a favorable ruling.
Let's give Moredock the benefit of any doubt and assume his omission was an oversight rather than an attempt to avoid annoying the South Carolina Democratic Party—-which had urged the Election Commission to take the action that led to ACLU's suit. Nevertheless, the omission was deeply disappointing.
Member, Steering Committee
South Carolina Green Party