The Continuing Battle For Spartanburg Delegation Chair
I had the privilige of talking to several individuals tonight concerning the race for chairman of the delegation this past Monday. Needless to say, this will not be the last story as more continues to develop.
I had spoke with Steve Parker and he explained his logic leading up to the meeting this past Monday. He stated that his objective was for the chair to be from the older group of officials and the vice-chair be one of the officials just winning their first term into public office.
Steve spent the past week lobbying for Littlejohn to be chair and was trying to position himself to be vice-chair. As we all know, Steve got the losing end of the deal there as he was not even nominated. We did learn that one senator offered to go ahead and nominate after Kelly & Millwood were nominated. Parker stated that he told him not to worry about it, the numbers are not there.
Then there is Shane Martin. Our sources have indicated that he was not even lobbying for the position and was happy to support Littlejohn. Matter of fact, it appears he is still willing to support him.
Lee Bright is the next question. As he showed up a little late, he started the questioning of the votes from the beginning. He in fact mentioned that the vote may should be weighted. He also told the Herald Journal that he was going to look into this further.
Lee Bright may be the lone ranger in this crowd. It appears that he will do what he feels is right no matter the cost. It will be interesting to watch this one develop.
Our sources indicate that he (Bright) has made contact with Senate lawyers and it is believed that the vote was supposed to be weighted. We have heard from one source that they may push to accept the original vote for Chair, but take the weighted vote for vice chair, making Joey Millwood the vice chairman instead of Keith Kelly.
And here is the logic on the weighted votes. The biggest argument here is that if a count were always the method for procedural votes, then the house members would always out weight the senate members. By using the weighted votes, they (Senators) can then have an equal voice.
There is still the question of whether or not Bright’s votes counted. There is an argument between the two factions that since Bright was not sworn in, his vote did not count. The other side of the argument is that this ceremony was not an official ceremony. The official ceremony is scheduled to be in Columbia in the next month or so.
Some may say what is the big deal, it is just a title with no real authority. What does matter is the possible corruption in the process. This is what is trying to be eliminated from our government; thru transparency issues, etc. What is truly happening then if this is the case for a delegation chairmanship.
Either way, we have not heard the last of this. We’ll keep you informed on the latest developments.