SCFYR Convention

May 30, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics, US Politics

We will be providing updates throughout the morning covering the South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans convention.

9:15 am

Karen Floyd, Chairwoman of SCGOP speaks to convention.

She is encouraging the YR to recruit and run for office. We must regain control of this sect of the electorate

Karen believes that technology is an untapped resource in our state. In October, she wants to work with the YR to build a stronger technology program.

9:25 am

1st State Executive Committee will be having their first meeting on Monday. The meeting will be held using Skype and will provide a method of roll call voting for the state executive committee meeting.

9:30 am

Spartanburg is well represented. The growing club has three delegate to the State Convention; Justin Bradley, Gary Coats, and Nic Lane.

Gary and Nic are candidates for national delegate.

Introduction of Speakers

Candidates for Governor are being introduced to speak.

Andre Bauer
Who can sell the state of SC across the World? Who can work with the General Assembly to get things done as well. These characteristics need to be in our next Governor.

Andre won a democratic senate seat in 1999.

9:33 am

Introduction of Congressman Gresham Barrett, candidate for Governor

We need fresh invigoration in the party, we need people with dark hair

We need new ideas and I am excited to be hear today.

I have seen things in the last 4 months that I thought I would never see.

We have a future and the future is SC. If we are going to take the nation back one state at a time.

9:37 am

We will have a plan for the economy, education and we will be able to say this is what we have done.

3 pillars, economy, education and energy

Economy
Need to make sure industry is promoted that way the state of South Carolina is not the largest employer.

Education
We need to work with the work force to make sure our people can get better jobs

Energy
SC should and can be the worldwide leader in Energy, using nuclear and other alternative energy sources.

Why can we not take dormant tobacco land and convert it to switch grass and make that SC’s #1 cash crop

go online to greshambarrett.com

9:41 am

Introduction of Attorney General Henry McMaster

We must remember we are not angry with our Democrat friends. Their is real hope for them. They are real kind one on one, but in a pack they can get real mean.

Don’t let anyone tell you not to be proud of your state.

We are second largest hydrogen fuel cell developers in America (1st is California).

South Carolina is full of hope, just look at the fans that continue to go to Williams Brice Stadium year after year to support the Gamecocks.

9:48 am

We have one of the best technical college systems in the world.

Promoting works and attendance of the hydrogen conferences

We have a port and we need to work it to be an economic jewel

We cannot outsource our tourism industry

We must keep our taxes low and broad.

9:50 am

I want to be governor. I am the only one to have executive experience. I worked with Reagan. I went after craigslist, created a great cdv program, and we have locked up 157 child predators.

NC is taking our water and filed lawsuit with Supreme Court and they agreed to hear it. In my office, the buck stops with me.

The essence of the governors job is to get things done. I have done that as attorney general.

The deficiencies in power at the governors office has been on display in the stimulus monies battle.

I can work with the legislature.

9:53 am

Introduction of Senator Larry Grooms, candidate for Governor.

Senator Grooms is presenting the history of his life.

Over a period of 10 years, I was able to create a multi-million dollar corporation.

I’m gravely concerned. Government is hindering me. It took $32 million and several days to get the permits to build a new convenience store across the street from the one it took me one day to get 8 years earlier.

Today, there are on 12 of us that stand up for our core values in the State Senate.

10:00 am

I’m more concerned about my country and my state than I have been in my entire life.

This isn’t the time for status quo candidates. This is not the time for a beauty contest.

The question is about who has the drive to work hard and get things done.

I believe the hope of America is South Carolina (playing off a quote of Winston Churchill)

for faith, family, and freedom, I am running for governor.

10:02 am

Introduction of Nikki Haley, candidate for Governor

Proud member of the Lexington County Young Republicans

I originally ran because I was always told not to complain, do something about it.

My race to unseat a 30 year incumbent a few years ago was about new ideas.

The YR has been told you need to wait, but now is not the time for waiting.

Waiting has led to unprecedented spending in our state that is going to take years to pay back

We must talk about spending. Tax relief doesn’t mean anything unless we reign in the spending

We must have accountability in government. Every legislative vote needs to be on the record.

Government was never meant to be all thing to all people

When are we going to do something about education.

We can no longer continue to spend 13K per student and it funnel thru 1000 people at the state dept of education.

10:08 am

The YR is doing what they should be doing, get loud and active.

10:09 am

Introduction of Bill Connor, candidate for Lt. Governor

In the last 3 months, Josh Gross and I have put over 25K miles on our cars

I am the ultimate outsider in this race.

My father, grandfather, and great grandfather are lifetime veterans

Was commander and XO of several units while serving in the military.

The Lt. Gov. is the XO, the second in command.

My first action will save you 140K a year. I will get rid of my SLED escort. I have a CWP, I fought in Afghanistan, I can defend myself.

I can see it in your eyes that you want leadership

I came into politics b/c I saw the people looking to government as a god.

SC taxes military retirement. Military retirees are moving out of state because of the states high tax rate.

10:30 am

I apologize to Ken Ard. The network failed and I was unable to type his comments during his speech.

Inserting another conventioneers notes here:

I have a philosophy: there’s nothing wrong with South Carolina that more and better jobs won’t fix.

I have a background in business and want to grow the economy of South Carolina.

I want to, as Lt Governor, build relationships with people who can bring jobs to our state.

I want to see less government, less taxes and more freedoms.

A lot of people say that South Carolina is a backwards state, but it’s not.

I love South Carolina, I was born and raised here.  I’ve never wanted to be anywhere else.

Jobs is engine that drives the economy: if there are more and better jobs, then the economy will improve.

I care about our future and our children’s future, that’s why I got involved in politics, that’s why I decided to run for Lt Governor.

I’m not going to stand here today and ask for your vote or your support, but I want you to give me a year to work my butt off to earn your vote.

Awards:
SCFYR Legislator of the Year: Garry Smith, HD 27
SCFYR Young Republican of Year: Carl Clegg

10:40 am

Remarks by Chairman, Patrick Haddon

10:51 am

49 of 51 delegates in attendance.

Election of State Officers
Patrick Haddon nominated Britton Pruett for State Chairman

Elected by acclamation.

10:59 am

Election for Vice-chairman.
Patrick Haddom nominateds current vice chair Paul Howell

Elected by acclamation.

Election of National Executive Committeman
Adam Piper nominates Josh Gross.

Josh Gross nominated by acclamation.

Election of National Executive Committeewoman.
James Gibney nominates Heather Ammons.

Elected by acclamation.

Election of Treasurer
Nomination of Robin Quinn

Nomination of Bridgett Vergara

11:24am

Voting begins for treasurer.

Quinn wins

Nomination of secretary
Matt Wills nominated

Elected by acclamation

11:31 am

Election of national delegates.

A motion from the floor to change SC vote from Team Renewal to Next Level.

Debate is on the floor.

Contention on the floor because this will change support.

Arguments that new charters did not get to participate in teleconference to cast vote in favor of Renewal or Next Level.

20-15 vote to overturn support in favor of Next Level.

Delegates to National Convention
Heather Ammons
Katie Baham
Jason Bailey
Nettie Britts
Carl Clegg
Can Crawford
Gary Coats
Joshua Gross
Patrick Haddon
Shelly Haddon
Drew Johnson
Todd Kincannon
Nic Lane
Liana Orr
Adam Piper
Britton Pruett
Jay W. Ragley
Jamie Lee Rogers

UPDATE:
I added some more of the discussion from the debate to change the states endorsement.  I also added notes from a commenter concerning Ken Ard’s speech.

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  • MG

    Wait until the YR’s see what they elected after how she was such as screwup in her statehouse race. They shouldve.asked the hometown gang in clarendon about her.

    • Richard

      I think these remarks are completely uncalled for. Those of us who follow SCGOP politics and read Mike Reino and Earl Capps’ blogs know that the poster of these above comments is the new chair of the Clarendon County GOP (unless someone else is posting using his moniker which if so then I apologize). Why wouldn’t the chairman of the Clarendon GOP celebrate the fact that one of his own was elected chair of the SCFYR?

      A 28-year old running for State House in a Democratic district that has not even had a GOP challenger in a very long time is to be commended. And no Republican candidate was ever going to beat Cathy Harvin. Why you would call one of your own a screwup is beyond me.

      • Moye Graham

        May be a little late commenting but I am the real (mg) Moye Graham the Clarendon County Chairman and the comments about the new YR Chair was not my comments. Some person decided to use my initials for a reason unknown to me. Britton Pruett is my friend and we have discussed this. She understands that it was not me who posted this. In fact I did endorse Britton and so did two of my Vice Chairs in Clarendon. Clarendon was one of those counties where we elected five out of six new officers. It was a complete turnover similiar to several counties around the state. I do believe I know who posted this and if that person was the guilty one I do hope he understands the hurt that he caused not only myself but other people that was associated with the Clarendon GOP and Chairman Pruett. Ms. Pruett does not need permission from Clarendon to take charge of her future. She is an adult and she is a Republican. I wish her and all of the YR much success in all that you do. We in Clarendon celebrate all of our victories and having one of our own elected to the YR Chair is one of them just as when I was elected as only one of twenty two delegates from SC for the Republican National Convention. I would hope that anyone that knows me from the blogs and news media or in person would also know that I am not the kind of person that would submit a comment that would hurt one of our people and to be accused really bothers myself and those close to me but as long as the people that was touched by this understands the truth then my concience is clear.

        Moye Graham
        Chairman Clarendon GOP

        • Richard

          Moye–I am so glad you cleared this up. I’m sorry for thinking you may have posted those comments in the first place. I know Britton from various political stuff and I guess those comments just upset me. It’s a shame that someone would use your “call-sign” and post these comments. Good luck with Clarendon County.

          Richard Russell
          Spartanburg, SC

          • Moye Graham

            Richard,

            It is a shame. I have nothing but admiration for you guys. I was a young National Republican myself a long time ago. Way before SC had an organization. Call me if I can ever be of any help. As Reagan said save your Ammo for the enemy they are the Democrats not Republicans.

            Moye Graham
            Chairman Clarendon GOP

  • Ron J

    Was at the meeting and enjoyed hearing the speakers and getting a chance to meet and greet with the other SCYR around the state. I hope all the candidate and newly elected officers get off to a quick start and help get the Republican party back on track.

  • April

    I also attended the SCFYR convention as a guest of Spartanburg County Young Republicans, and have my notes from Ken Ard’s address. So, for any who are interested in what he had to say, here are my notes:

    I have a philosophy: there’s nothing wrong with South Carolina that more and better jobs won’t fix.

    I have a background in business and want to grow the economy of South Carolina.

    I want to, as Lt Governor, build relationships with people who can bring jobs to our state.

    I want to see less government, less taxes and more freedoms.

    A lot of people say that South Carolina is a backwards state, but it’s not.

    I love South Carolina, I was born and raised here. I’ve never wanted to be anywhere else.

    Jobs is engine that drives the economy: if there are more and better jobs, then the economy will improve.

    I care about our future and our children’s future, that’s why I got involved in politics, that’s why I decided to run for Lt Governor.

    I’m not going to stand here today and ask for your vote or your support, but I want you to give me a year to work my butt off to earn your vote.

    • Richard

      Thanks for taking notes for those of us who couldn’t be there. I like what I read from you here about Ken Ard. I heard him speak at the state GOP convention and was pleased. I’ve also been very impressed with Bill Connor’s campaign. Josh Gross has that guy all over this state. I’d also like to learn more about Ted Pitts. I’m not a big Ralph Norman fan…he has his chance in 2006 against Spratt, and if he wants to get back into politics then why isn’t he running for his old House seat again since Carl Gullick is resigning that very seat this year to move to Kentucky?

  • lryggs

    Congratulations to Gary Coats and Nic Lane from Spartanburg, elected National Delegates from SC to the YR National Convention. Spartanburg is proud of both of you! We expect to continue seeing great things from our YRs in SC and in Spartanburg.

  • Reidville Grandmother

    Something for all of us to remember…The lowest stage a society can reach is when its leaders are chosen by their wealth instead of their ability. (Author unknown to me.)Or thier ability to raise money. I am to old to be a YR, but I think that all of you are on the right track. Keep a watchful eye on all the candidates on both side of the aisle. Promote only the ones that have an agenda that reflects the true values of all of SC. Thanks to all of you for a very informative view of the Republican Party in our beautiful state.

    • http://www.theconservativist.com Gary Coats

      Actually, you are not. We have associate memberships in Spartanburg and you are welcome to join us at any time.