For far too long the SC Republican party has been demanding that we should be allowed to pick our candidates without cross over voters from other parties influencing the vote. However, we never seem to get any movement within the House or Senate to accomplish this very important goal. That’s because we do not yet have a large enough voice outside those bodies to push for such reform. Therefore, the Secretary of State must take the significant role of using the bully pulpit associated with his office to be a constant voice and articulate the importance of such reforms. To get closed party primaries, we have got to have the next Secretary of State take a leadership role to bring about such change. The Secretary has got to take this message to every member’s district and communicate the importance of having closed party primaries. For the last 16 years our Secretary of State has not lead on such reform and we clearly are suffering from the lack of leadership within such a vital role.