WEST COLUMBIA, SC – As his campaign momentum continues through to the runoff, Bill Connor announced that multiple former candidates around South Carolina had endorsed his campaign.
First District Congressional candidate Larry Kebrovsky
“I’m honored to support Bill Connor for Lt. Governor, who I personally know to be the Tea Party candidate that represents the values that I believe in.”
First District Congressional candidate and Persian Gulf War veteran Katherine Jenerette:
“Bill Connor represents the best traditions of the military, a veteran who has proven his leadership on the battlefield,” Jenerette said on Election Night. “I’m proud to support a fellow conservative veteran for Lt. Governor.”
Fourth District Congressional candidate and Air Force veteran Jim Lee:
“Last February, on the banks of the Reedy River in Greenville, I met Bill Connor at the first Tea Party in South Carolina. Since then, I’ve seen his consistent commitment to the cause of limited government, true conservative values, and honor and integrity as the campaign played out over these past fifteen months. I see in Bill the same deep, burning passion that I have to see different representation serving us not only in Washington but also in Columbia. I am proud to support my fellow veteran and citizen-statesman Bill Connor in his runoff for Lt. Governor.”
Superintendent of Education candidate Kelly Payne:
“As hard as I worked these past ten months in my campaign for Superintendent of Education, there was a candidate running for Lieutenant Governor who always started earlier, worked harder, and kept at it longer. That candidate was Bill Connor. Bill’s military service and commitment to conservative ideals impressed me from the first time I met him. He has my unwavering support in his race for Lieutenant Governor.”
Superintendent of Education candidate Dr. Gary L. Burgess:
“Over the course of my campaign, I was able to meet a number of committed conservatives looking to move our state forward with fresh ideas. One of those who stands out because of his proven leadership is running for Lt. Governor. I support Lt. Colonel Bill Connor’s campaign to make our state a ‘shining city on a hill’ as an example of freedom to the rest of our nation, and I look forward to working with him.”
The Connor campaign Also announced that former Congressman Tommy Hartnett, State House candidate Tony Lamm and current Oconee County GOP Chair Eddie Adams were endorsing Connor.
Connor was pleased at the response to his campaign.
“I have spent the past fifteen months working to get our state back on track from the damage the politicians have done over the past ten years,” Connor said. “I am pleased that these candidates who are my fellow outsiders (and in some cases also my fellow veterans) have seen my commitment on the campaign trail day in and day out.
“I am very grateful for their support and look forward to working with them to bring conservative-minded reforms that will begin to clean up the mess in Columbia.”
About Bill Connor: Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve who received the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service in combat as the senior American advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bill is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to announce and file for South Carolina statewide office, and the only combat veteran running for Lt. Governor. His opponent in the Republican runoff is Ken Ard. In addition to his Reserve duties, Bill serves as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy. Bill is a graduate of the Citadel and USC Law School.
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Back in the summer of 2008, I began looking intently to June 8th 2010. I was tired of Inglis’ politics and wanted change.
I began doing the research to see what it would take to mount a serious campaign against Inglis. This is no secret to the congressman, I had been one of his most vocal critics since 2007. Needless to say, during this research, I soon realized I didn’t have the resources at my disposal.
I was approached by members of Jeffrey’s (not Christina or family) camp in November 2008 and was asked to consider not running and backing her. I responded with a quick no. It was nothing personal against Jeffrey, I had many conversations with her and felt like she was a great person, but my gut said no.
During early months of 2009, I was able to interview most of the candidates and developed my personal opinions on who I liked in the race.
I decided that Andrew Smart was the way to go in April. He was young, intelligent, energetic and I liked his positions on the issues. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out quite like I had hoped.
So here’s my personal thoughts on each of the candidates.
The incumbent. My disagreement over policy has long been an issue. Unfortunatley, I began to discover that leadership was not a strong quality of Mr. Inglis either.
I say this because he spent tax payer money to research immigration, and develop his 5 points on immigration that he still talks about, but has never stepped up to he plate to introduce a bill. During many of his Let’s Talk forums, he gave the impression he supported amnesty, but was spared voting on it when it died in the Senate.
He claimed he was going to introduce an alternative health care bill, but never did. But he did introduce a “Repeal It” bill.
Inglis’ votes to limit the freedoms of individuals (He voted to extend the Patriot Act and warrantless wire tapping), unfunded mandates like the Real ID that was embedded into the Tsunami Aid Bill, TARP, and his energy policies which have created many questions in itself.
Again, it is nothing personal against Inglis, it is about his positions. I hope he and his team understand this.
I was honestly surprised to see Gowdy jump in this race, probably just as much as Inglis was. Most of our sources and rumors indicated that Gowdy would be making a run for Attorney General. Gowdy would have made an excellent AG and I probably would have supported him 100%.
Gowdy was one of the candidates we were never able to settle down on an interview. And it wasn’t his fault. I had consulted with the campaign and discussed opportunities, but I was never able to work it into my work schedule. My apologies to Gowdy up front and my readers.
All along, one of my concerns, drawbacks on Gowdy was his support of McCain in the 2008 primaries. I understand and respect Gowdy’s reasoning, but it was of concern. Gowdy is a prosecutor and I’m not sure how effective that will translate into working for votes in Congress.
Christina Jeffrey talks all the right points to attract a Tea Party activist or even a Ron Paul supporter. What bugged me through the election cycle is her mannerisms and the several lies she was caught in. The biggest of which was who she supported for President in 2008. In a debate, she said she voted for Duncan Hunter, and when questioned on it later, she stated she voted for Huckabee and even worked for Rudy Giuliani. A wild stretch considering her “most conservative” candidate monicker.
Jeffrey claims she not the political establishment and she’s different because she’s a constitutional scholar. She’s also been a community organizer by her own accounts, working on multiple campaigns with Get out the Vote efforts and working in the county party. Lastly, according to her profile, she’s never been in a position of authority. All of her experience is in the classroom teaching constitutional theory. She has not managed budgets or personnel. All of this sounds to much like our current president, Barack Obama, and most of us agree all of these supposed great attributes have failed horribly.
With all due respect to Sen. David Thomas, when he announced, I choked. His claims to be the conservative choice and a jobs congressman were all laughable. He then goes on to say that when elected, he will establish a commission with leaders across multiple states to determine a solution to the nations financial problems. I’m really rolling on the floor now, Why?
In the spring of 2009, Thomas and 4 other leaders held a press conference in Spartanburg telling people they were going to roll up their sleeves and fight the stimulus. Unfortunately, Thomas didn’t keep he sleeves up long, as he rolled over and voted to take all of it. Sources tell us he was even instrumental in getting votes to take the money.
And in regards to fixing the nations problems, what has he done to reduce the size of SC’s $21 billion dollar budget and not raise fees and taxes on its citizens?
When speaking with each of the candidate, Lee came across as the most candid. He also spent the most time with us, 3 hours in our interview, and he didn’t beat around the bush when answering questions. Jim has been very humble and appreciative of the support he has received and he doesn’t belittle his opponents or critics.
Jim is a supporter of the enumerated powers act and also provides a solution for the social security crisis. Jim supports the enforcing of our existing immigration laws to solve the illegal immigration crisis and believes the private sector can solve the health care crisis, developing a patient centered patient led system.
Jim has the experience of managing projects and budgets and has a history of working with teams to find the best solution. He can be influential too, which is also a great quality.
Jim is the only veteran, so he understands the needs of our servicemen, and he has the real world experience some of the others do not.
I voted absentee today, casting my vote for Jim Lee. I encourage you to do the same, voting for a candidate who will listen to his constituents and will not talk down to you. Voting for a candidate who has ran a clean campaign on the smallest budget. A campaign for “We the People”. A candidate who is candid and will fight for you in D.C.
One thing I have learned, the winners in this race are Brains on Fire and Creative Communications, who have taken in $235,493 and $170,000 respectively. They have pocketed some serious dough. Below is the last run down on the candidates financial situation and our weekend poll leading up to the primary on June 8th.
Donors: 55 itemized donors, 39 In District ($46,750.00)
PAC: 9 PAC ~$11,500
Cash on Hand: $139,600.81
COH Change: -$107,209.34
Bob’s campaign staff has been promoting Jim Lee over the past few weeks while tearing down everyone else in the race.
Either way, we find a few of the individual contributions a little strange. Inglis has taken in $4,800 Marshall Saunders and $4,800 from Pamela Saunders, both from Coronado, CA. Marshall’s occupation/employer is listed as the Citizens Climate Lobby. My understanding of federal election law states that the max contribution is $2400 per person.
Other expenses of note. Inglis paid the “National Right to Life” committee for campaign advertising (Your thoughts please?). Inglis’ marketing partners pocketed another $110K and his wife made another $4,000.
Donors: 123 itemized donors, 115 unique, 108 in district ($63,299.91)
Cash on Hand: $39,003.21
COH Change: -$149,723.92
WOW! This is the most surprising of all the campaigns thus far. In the last 45 days, Gowdy has spent all but $39,000 that he has taken in this election cycle. In total, he has spent close to $400,000. Of course, this does not differentiate him much from Inglis who has spent over $500,000 during this election cycle.
During this reporting period, Gowdy spent $146,956 with Creative Communications Inc on media placements. That is on top of the ~$23,000 he has spent previously with them (~$170,000). Another $41,113.50 was sent to his consulting firm, First Tuesday Strategies for polling, 2 or 3 commercial productions and consulting expenses.
I realize Gowdy is trying to win an election, just like everyone one else in this race, but to spend $217,000 in 45 days is insane.
Donors: 11 itemized donors, 9 Unique, 7 in-district ($6,400)
Cash on Hand: $7,984.79
COH Change: $1,086.96
Jeffrey’s campaign appears to be tanking. Her fundraising has been dismal. Biggest expenses were office rent ($2,000), mailings ($1,800) and another $550 to Upstate Printing & Publishing (Boiling Springs Tea Party).
Donors: 22 itemized donors, 22 unique, 21 in district ($10,410)
Cash on Hand: $4392.60
COH Change $2,352.95
Lee had better fund raising performances than Thomas and Jeffrey, but has managed to incur debt in the amount of $13,650. Jim’s largest expense is to Dark Horse Strategy Group who is responsible for all mailings, advertising and campaign materials, approximately $5,600.
Donors: 8 itemized donors, 6 unique, 2 in district ($4,300)
Cash on Hand: $39,101.04
COH Change: -$7,722.54
David Thomas must be pretty confident in his chances to win. He has loaned his campaign $43,000 since entering the race last summer. The most recent loan was in the amount of $40,000 on May 14. In other words, Thomas’ campaign was broke at the time of filing. Thomas has also spent $33,967 on television advertising between the major networks.
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Jim Lee, 48, earned degrees from Hibert College in NY and Phoenix University in data processing and information science. He has been married to his wife Laurie, for 29 years, and has 5 children. Jim is a reservist in the USAF and has ~30 years experience in information technology, ranging from software development to leadership and consulting positions.
By Carl Clegg
I received an email yesterday from Brian Frank, a Christina Jeffrey supporter. In the email he called Candidate Jim Lee a Nazi and posted an out of context video of Jim answering a question as proof. Like me, Jim has sworn to uphold the Constitution and served his country honorably in the Air Force for many years and I take personal offense to this kind of pathetic, last ditch effort by one of Jeffrey’s minions.
Gutter Politics will not be tolerated! The irony here is that Jeffrey was once the victim of gutter politics when she was wrongfully and publicly accused of anti-Semitism.
I am now calling on Christina Jeffrey to publicly denounce this vicious rhetoric and the public embarrassment that is Brian Frank.
Carl Clegg is Republican Activist from Greenville, SC