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.
The Spartanburg GOP with WSPA (News Channel 7) will be hosting a debate for the 4 announced republican gubernatorial candidates on Friday, April, 23 starting at 7pm.
The Grand Strand YR will be hosting their 2nd Annual Birthday Gala. This year, they have arranged for the republican members of SC Congressional Delegation to be in attendance for a meet and greet, including Henry Brown (R, SC 1st), Gresham Barrett (R, SC 3rd), and Joe Wilson (R, SC 2nd). This is a ticketed event.
The event will be held on Jan. 30, 2010 starting at 5:30pm. Details are below:
Robert L. Reid Conference Center at Springmaid Beach Resort
3200 South Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
$25.00 per person for tickets
$20.00 for GSYR dues paying members
The dinner will include BBQ with all the fixins’, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash bar also available.
Contact Heather Ammons for details or with any questions you may have. All sponsors will be recognized at the event.
Business Causal Attire Preferred
Heather Ammons, 843-457-4852
Adam Cates, 843-333-4190
Robin Quinn, 843-421-7804
Or email us with your name and contact info along with the number of tickets you wish to purchase, GrandStrandYRs@gmail.com
We will be providing updates throughout the morning covering the South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans convention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Need to make sure industry is promoted that way the state of South Carolina is not the largest employer.
We need to work with the work force to make sure our people can get better jobs
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The YR is doing what they should be doing, get loud and active.
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.
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.
SCFYR Legislator of the Year: Garry Smith, HD 27
SCFYR Young Republican of Year: Carl Clegg
Remarks by Chairman, Patrick Haddon
49 of 51 delegates in attendance.
Election of State Officers
Patrick Haddon nominated Britton Pruett for State Chairman
Elected by acclamation.
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
Voting begins for treasurer.
Nomination of secretary
Matt Wills nominated
Elected by acclamation
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
Jay W. Ragley
Jamie Lee Rogers
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.
We at The Conservativist, well I, have been hoping for this day now for several months. I have a great deal of respect for McMaster, Bauer, Barrett, Grooms and Nelson, but this is the candidate I have been pulling for to make a run for governor.
I was told she would not get in because of her relationships with other candidates and their backers, etc. I didn’t have much to argue on besides personal speculation and the evidence at hand. Why else would a candidate spend so much time in Greenville? It is one of the largest bases in the state.
If Haley is successful, she would be the first female governor in state history.
Speaking to politico’s in Spartanburg yesterday, some speculated that this was the end for Bauer and Barrett although they already had the money. Several indicated that they would be moving their support to Haley.
What some fail to realize though, Bauer and McMaster have not officially announced their candidacy. It is expected that they will announce but will they alter their position with Haley jumping in? So, we ask you, who is dropping out first?