HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Candidate Bob Kelly is pressing charges over the robocalls that surrounded the Republican Primary in the Horry County Council District Three race last month.
Since these calls claimed to be from the friends of candidate Bob Kelly, he made a promise to voters to bring those truly responsible to justice.
"I feel bad for myself, my family, and I feel bad for the voters that were subjected to all of these robocalls, early in the day, early in the night, and all day long and like I said I promised I would get to the bottom of it," Bob Kelly expressed.
The robocalls started during the first primary election for the seat and they continued during the runoff election when Kelly faced Oliver "Bubba" Owens. Kelly and his campaign have been trying to trace the calls ever since.
"What we've done is that we've compiled some information, we've made some investigations of our own, we've determined probably several of the people that were the voices on the robocalls," Kelly said.
Kelly said his team also traced the company that distributed the calls. He said he reached out to several agencies including the Horry County Solicitor's Office. The solicitor's office said since the case involves an election the State Ethic's Commission and the South Carolina Election Commission would handle it.
"I believe it was an unfair thing, and it upset me completely because I have never done anything like this, I've never been in politics before, I never even dreamed that this would be part of politics," Kelly said.
Kelly believes these political tactics prevent good candidates from running in local elections.
"I'm very pissed that they've pulled this on me, and I'm told they've done it before in the past, and they're just messing with the wrong guy this time, I'm not going to stand for it. So I felt to take it upon myself, I'm above that, and I'm not going to allow this to happen to me, and I'm not going to allow it to happen to anyone else in the future," Kelly stated.
Kelly could not name any of the people he believes are suspects because of the open investigation.
Kelly will face Democrat Jimmy Washington in the special general election on December 22.