Spartanburg YR to co-host Lt. Governor’s Debate

January 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Events, Press Release

(Spartanburg, SC – January 11, 2010) The College Republicans from Wofford College and the Young Republicans from Spartanburg County are teaming up to host a debate between the three republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Ken Ard, Bill Connor and Tim Scott.

The event will be held at 7:30pm on January 21, 2010. WORD’s Bobby McLain will moderate the event which will be held in Leonard Auditorium which is inside the Main Building on the Wofford College Campus. Entrance to the event is free and a limited number of sponsorships are available. Sponsors will be recognized in the program and have priority seating at the event.

The newly elected Chairs of both organizations, Ron Jolly for Spartanburg YR’s and Ellen Shrader for the Wofford CR’s are hoping to educate the public about the campaigns of each of the candidates as we lead into the 2010 primary season. “Each candidate has something different to offer and this will be a great opportunity for the local residents to make their choice before they head to the ballot box,” said SYR Chairman Ron Jolly.

For directions to the Wofford College and the Leonard Auditorium, please visit

Bill Connor Receives Boiling Springs Tea Party Endorsement

January 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Press Release

Tea Party Movement backing Connor for Lt. Governor

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – Bill Connor’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor showed more momentum today as he picked up the endorsement of the Boiling Springs Tea Party organization, an Upstate organization with over 3000 members.

“We believe that Bill Connor’s advanced service to his country uniquely qualifies him for statewide office,” said Maria Brady, the group’s spokeswoman, in a release Tuesday. “Bill’s service as the leading US Advisor in Southern Afghanistan is proof of his commitment to our nation, and is well illustrated by his Bronze Star.”

“Col. Connor has been involved with the Tea Party movement since the first Tea Party in South Carolina back in Greenville in February. He has since been involved in more than a dozen Tea Parties across our state. Bill is committed to the ideals of freedom and liberty that are at the heart of our movement, and has shown that commitment in his articles and his actions. We are proud to support his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor,” Brady concluded.

“I am pleased to have the support of this great group of conservative and liberty-minded activists,” Connor said. “I have spoken at Tea Parties around our state for the past year about the need to get back to the ideals our nation was founded upon. I believe groups like this herald a new direction for our Republican Party, one where we refocus our efforts away from big government and towards the principles of freedom our Founders gave us more than two centuries ago.”

Bill Connor is the third candidate that the group has endorsed this primary cycle, joining Larry Grooms for Governor, and Dr. Christina Jeffrey for Congress.

Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves who received the Bronze Star for his service in combat as the senior American advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Since returning from deployment, Bill continued his work as an attorney practicing corporate defense law in Columbia, and as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy. Bill is a graduate of the Citadel and USC Law School. Bill lives in Orangeburg with Susan, his wife of 18 years, and their three children Peyton, Brenna, and Will. They attend Christ Church of the Carolinas in Columbia.

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Bill Connor Promises Not to Raise Taxes

October 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release


Lieutenant Governor Candidate Promising Not to Raise Taxes

PICKENS, SC – The Bill Connor campaign today announced that Bill Connor will be signing the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers (SCAT) “Taxpayers Protection Pledge” at the SCAT headquarters on Tuesday, October 27th at 11:00.

WHO:              Bill Connor, candidate for SC Lieutenant Governor

WHAT:             Signing the Taxpayers Protection Pledge

WHERE:           South Carolina Association of Taxpayers

4001 Rosewood Drive

Columbia, SC

WHEN:             Tuesday, October 27

11:00 AM

** MEDIA SET UP TIME: 10:45 AM **

Media availability will immediately follow. Media with questions should contact Connor Campaign Manager Joshua Gross.

Fifth Candidate in the Lt. Governor’s Race

July 17, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

News flash: SC Rep Tim Scott, 1st African American Republican member of SC General Assembly is running for SC Lt. Governor.

State Rep Tim Scott of North Charleston, is the most recent candidate to enter the very crowded Lt. Governor’s race in South Carolina which includes Ralph Norman, Rep. Ted Pitts, Bill Connor and Councilman Ken Ard.

Rep Tim Scott is an ally of Governor Sanfords and is the first African American to be elected since reconstruction.

Also rumored to be contemplating a bid in the Lt. Governors race is Mike Campbell.

Lt. Governors Race, what the ethics report tells us

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion, SC Politics


ken-ardThe ethics reports filings were posted online July 15, 2009, and it seems like the only Lt. Governor’s Candidate who really has a grasps on this election is Ken Ard from Pamplico, SC. He is leading the candidates in more ways than one, number one is the campaign fundraising. It seems that Ard has grasped the concept of running a statewide campaign due to the fact that during the last quarter he doubled what Connor’s Campaign gained. Ted Pitts’ campaign has a lot to be desired if he wishes to be in the race for much longer. When a campaign only has $13,000 in the bank and the primary is a year away that leaves a lot of unanswered questions, as to what type of effort is being put on the table (i.e. what kind of fundraising is happening) for this campaign.

From my point of view I see Ken Ard making more progress through the next quarter, possibly doubling this quarter’s contributions. Bill Connor needs to step it up somewhat due to the fact that Ken Ard even has more contributions on hand, while Connor has had the advantage from being in the race the longest.  I’m not endorsing any candidate for Lt. Governor, but I am saying that it is pretty obvious that the candidate working the hardest to become the next Lt. Governor for the state of South Carolina is Ken Ard.

The primary for 2010 will be a tight one, as the top two candidates are Ken Ard and Bill Connor. These candidates are the only ones putting forth the effort that has yet to be seen by Ted Pitts.

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