What Happens to the Conservative Reform Agenda
Besides our concern for Sanford’s family, we also mentioned our concern over the Conservative Reform Agenda in South Carolina politics. So we took to the phones and called some of the state legislators and operatives to see what they think may come of the Conservative Reform Agenda. We want to know, was Sanford the kingpin pushing this agenda and will it survive?
Joey Millwood – House District 38 – Landrum
Joey campaigned against Bob Walker who was the education and public works chair to win this seat in 2008. He didn’t receive much support from Sanford during the campaign but his campaign was based on the same general principles.
“If there is one thing the establishment has proven in South Carolina, it is that the Governor has no power. It is with the General Assembly. Until the leadership in the House and Senate changes, none of the conservative reform agenda will progress.”
Kerry Wood – Strategist – Dark Horse Strategy Groups
Kerry Wood ran Shane Martin’s campaign that knocked out incumbent Senator Jim Ritchie. DHSG founds itself of the conservative reform movement and only runs candidates that are favorable to the movement.
“The movement is not one person. The movement does not begin or end with Gov. Sanford. It will go on regardless.”
Eric Bedingfield – House District 28 – Mauldin
Eric has been a champion of the movement for some time now. He took up the mantle fighting for immigration reform and pension initiatives over the last several years.
“The reform movement will not disappear, especially with Senator Larry Grooms running for Governor. His leadership will continue to progress the reform movement.”
Carl Clegg – Public Relations Director for SCFYR
One of the key organizers of the original Tea Party in Greenville, SC, Carl has focused his work across the state to promote the conservative reform agenda.
“Though Gov. Sanford was the public face of the conservative reform movement, he was not the entire movement. The movement will continue on with new faces leading the charge.”
Nikki Haley gives her thoughts on the Conservative Reform Movement on her website.