The 2010 Rumor Mills
Now that the 2008 primaries are past us and the General Election is looming, The Conservativist has been keeping it’s ears open for the races in 2010. Since the rumor mill is running at full speed, why not share what we have heard and read.
The race for Governor appears to be at full steam ahead. So much so that the fundraising mailers have already begin to hit the post boxes.
- Gresham Barrett – Heavily rumored to be in the running. He has been on several talk radio shows, sent out a nice fundraising letter last summer (I live outside of his district and received the mailer, good indication?), and the blogosphere has been discussing it. Just search “gresham barrett for governor”.
- Andre Bauer (Lt. Governor) – It has been expected for the past few years that Bauer would move up the ladder from his current post. Bauer has been working hard to help the elderly (a large portion of the electorate) over the past year and has had cool fundraising events in Charlotte driving stock cars.
- Oscar Lovelace – After making a valiant effort in 2006 to beat Sanford in the primary, Lovelace appears to be making a run for it as an independent. This will be an interesting spectacle as he will face two of these 6 individuals in November 2010. Then again, we may end up with a Democratic Governor if he has the support he had in 2006.
- Henry McMaster (Attorney General) – He is in the process of launching a new campaign site. McMaster’s name has been working thru the mill since 2007. He has been working hard to make a name for himself and getting well needed publicity for a statewide race. His efforts to crack down on child porn and touring the state with Presumptive Nominee John McCain should not hender his efforts.
- Jim Rex (State Superintendent of Education) – Rex began sending fundraising mailers out this week for his potential run for Governor. He is trying to portray his strength as a reformer of the education system. Then again, this could just be fundraising to retain his seat for another four years as Education Chief. The folks over at The Palmetto Scoop and at FITSNews have also had there criticisms and beliefs that Rex is on the move.
- Jim Ritchie – This has been pretty quiet over the past few months, but don’t be surprised if he throws his hat in the ring. Remember, Shane Martin and Max Hyde went after his Senate seat because of this rumor.
- Inez Tenenbaum – Although some have criticized her for taking a job as a lobbyist, she also had a candidates page set up on facebook. The Conservativist is unable to locate it at this time.
State Attorney General
- Jim Ritchie – This was rumored in 2007, but we have not heard anymore whispers concerning this. Ritchie has a lot of empty time on his hands since loosing on June 24th, so it will be interesting to see where his political future will move next.
- Trey Gowdy – This too was rumored in 2007. Just a few weeks ago, Gowdy met at Wades with Doug Smith and John White. They had a nice conversation as it was reported, but no details were provided.
4th Congressional District
- Bob Inglis (incumbent) – The incumbent, enough said.
- Gary Coats – Some political circles around Spartanburg have mentioned that I may be interested in running for the seat. Those individuals who have spoke to me have mentioned that my constant criticism of the Congressman led them to believe that I was interested.
- Jim Ritchie – Ritchie has run for this seat in the past and was handed a strong defeat. Again he is considered to be running for Governor or Attorney General; part of the reason he lost his Senate seat to Shane Martin.
- Scott Talley – Talley lost his bid for a State Senate seat in a close election against Lee Bright. He had relinquished his state house seat for that race. It was rumored in 2007 as a future interest for him and has been mentioned to me by a few individuals that he may be planning.