Who do you support to be South Carolina’s republican nominee for governor?
The runoff is between State Rep. Nikki Haley and Congressman Gresham Barrett and the vote is next Tuesday, June 22nd. Here’s our two cents, take it for what it is worth.
Haley won the initial primary collecting almost 49% of the vote, even after multiple allegations (2) that she had extra-marital affairs. She received the endorsement of Sara Palin and is the beauty of the SC Tea Party.
I personally have liked Haley for several years. Especially on her transparency and reform initiatives. Of course, even some of that has come into question recently. In particular, The State newspaper is calling her out over contradicting stimulus votes.
My biggest fear with Haley? I’m afraid she’ll run into the same issues as Mark Sanford had. That is, not being able to work with the legislature to get the key reform initiatives passed.
Our biggest complaint with Barrett is that he first voted against TARP, then voted for it. That, and in my opinion, he campaigns to heavily on his Christian credentials.
Most recently, he was questioned by a political activist concerning a “miss-statement” in one of his campaign ads claiming he was retired. The activist confronts Barrett and he agrees that there was a mistake, but the activist was trying to tie this mistake to our friends in Connecticut. In particular, the activist is referring to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who had been lying about his service record, claiming to have been in Vietnam.
My biggest fear with Barrett is he’ll flip flop on key issues.
So who will win this race and who are you supporting? Here’s your chance to make the best case for your candidate.
I for one am sick and tired of the media and public deeming the private lives of citizens, public or not, fair game. Lets be real people, what the hell does it matter that Kelly Payne and Richard Eckstrom had a relationship! Are we going to start announcing everyone’s affair to the mass public for us to oooh and ahhh over?
What is wrong with them expressing their sexual desires for each other?
How often do you share with your significant others your sexual desires via email or text message?
The person responsible for leaking these emails accomplished one thing and one thing only. They have potentially ruined the careers of these individuals. Payne’s teaching career will probably will come to a close because her private sexual messages were revealed to the public. She could have returned to teaching had she lost her bid to be Superintendent of Education. Now she will not be able to.
We don’t know what the repercussions for Eckstrom will be. We have heard rumors of candidates jumping into this race and they will probably hurry to it now this so called “scandal” has been revealed.
Politics aside, the individual who hacked her emails is officially a criminal and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Our advice, don’t forget to change your passwords!
I was playing with some new software on the Mac today, iLife 2009. It has a new facial recognition feature that allows you to tag a face and it tries to match the characteristics to locate all pictures of that individual.
From time to time, you confirm the pictures as it tries to enhance itself for better identification.
The irony, I just tagged a photo of Governor Mark Sanford and looked to see how many pictures I found of the governor.
Lo and behold, I found Bill Clinton.
JULY 3, 2009
Today, State Representative Tommy Stringer issued the following statement:
As an elected representative in the South Carolina House, I am please to learn that the SLED review of Gov. Sanford’s finances has not discovered evidence that he misused public funds during his various personal trips.
I have been reluctant to join in the chorus demanding Gov. Sanford’s resignation. Please note that my reluctance should not be taken as an approval of his personal actions.
We should remember that he is the elected head of the executive branch of our state government. He was elected by the people, not by the Legislature. If he has committed an impeachable offense, then it is a matter for the Legislature to address. If he has not, then it should be his decision to resign based on what he perceives to be in the best interests of the people of South Carolina and for his family.
He has served the state well for six years as Governor and before that in Congress. Some people have not agreed with his stance on various issues. I have been a strong supporter of his desire to reform state government, but I have not agreed with him on every issue either.
His public and personal actions have forced South Carolinians to determine the true meanings of confession, contrition and redemption. We are also forced to determine whether his personal moral failure invalidates the service that he has rendered to the people of South Carolina. These are hard deliberations that should be done in a prudent manner, not in a media generated frenzy.
According to SLED’s investigation of Sanford’s travels, they have declared that their is not any evidence of criminal activities made by the governor.
Director Lloyd said that if there is any information provided that justifies a criminal investigation, then it will be further reviewed. He stated that this was not a criminal investigation, but a review.
Lloyd also states that this was a state sponsored business trip that state business was conducted on. The governor can choose to do what he wants in his personal time. It is no different than a state employee seeing a ball game after spending the day in conferences.
This is the same argument we made the other day.
Questions still linger as to whether or not he should resign or if he will be impeached. Only time will tell.