Harry Cato to Face Eligibility Dispute
Sources have shared with us documents put together to challenge the eligibility of Speaker Pro Tempore Harry Cato for this June’s primary election.
After seeing the successful methods used to have Jim McMillan removed from the ballot in SC House District 36, the Tom Corbin campaign is looking to review Cato’s status so it would be resolved in the minds of the voters.
Cato’s removal could have further reaching consequences. We are told he could potentially be removed from office if he is found to be living outside his district. We don’t know how true this is, but that could cause a large shakeup in the State House between now and the end of this session.
State law states that a candidate must be living in the district he resides when he files for office. The Corbin camp looks to use Cato’s tax records against him.
The argument is based on the residence of his wife, Kristine L. Thompson, who lives in Lexington, SC whose tax records show this as their legal residence paying 4% taxes. Concerning the residence in Greenville, the owners are listed as Cato and his son, whereas the son is the signer of the tax documents and is claimed as their legal residence.
I didn’t think an individual could have two legal residences, did you?
What could be more interesting is that if Cato wins the challenge, many will begin to question why he gets to own two homes at the lower 4% tax rate (for being your primary residence) and not split between the 4% and 6% rates.
Sources state that the question is before the SCGOP and they are awaiting a hearing date. The SCGOP must certify its candidates by April, 9th.
SCGOP Denies Hearing on Cato Challenge