Decision to let Bill Marcy on ballot prompts filing of suit

The Mississippi Democratic Party is facing a lawsuit over its decision to allow Bill Marcy, who ran for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican and touted himself as a conservative Republican in campaign literature, to run as a Democrat for U.S. Senate.

On March 29, the Democratic Party State Executive Committee certified Marcy to run in the June 3 party primary for U.S. senator, according to a lawsuit filed in Copiah County Chancery Court by Ken Dale Sullivan of Wesson.

“Mr. Marcy has publicly spoken out against the Democratic Party and the fundamental beliefs and platform of the Democratic Party,” Sullivan said in his lawsuit. “Mr. Marcy has publicly spoken out against elected Democrats, and their works and ideals, from the president of the United States, Barack Obama, to Mississippi’s congressman, Rep. Bennie Thompson. Mr. Marcy has described the Democratic Party as the party of slavery, segregation and bigotry.”

Sullivan, vice chairman of the Copiah County Democratic Executive Committee, said Marcy stated in January that he was changing party labels, but not beliefs, to run as a Democrat.