Check here over the next hour as we provide updates on the nominations and the votes.
Glen McCall is giving nomination speech for Karen Floyd for Chairman.
Katon Dawson gave second nomination
Lin Bennett gives second seconding speech.
Kevin Hall giving third seonding speech in support of Kevin Floyd.
Karen Floyd is nominated by acclamation.
Karen Floyd giving speech.
Katon, it is my honor and priviledge to follow after you.
My son reminded me that we stand for bigger purposes than just our own.
Today, I’m proud to join the activist army of the SC republican party
It more than speaking. It is our actions.
The right to bear arms includes the right to buy ammunition.
I am in awe of my new responsibilities. I am honored.
Nomininations for 1st Vice Chair.
Britton Pruett nominates Patrick Haddon.
Glen McCall gives seconding nomination for Haddon.
Motion to elect Haddon by acclamation
Haddon elected 1st Vice Chair
Haddon introduces the activist army to SMS text messagng. It is time to reach out to 18-40 year olds.
Charles Butler nomnated for 2nd Vice-Chair.
Butler elected via acclamation.
Butler gives election speech.
The strength of our party is rooted in the attributes found in the word of God.
We need hand ups, not hand outs.
Nominations for 3rd Vice Chair.
Adam Piper nominated.
Alexia Newman gives Piper second nomination.
State Rep Jenny Horne gives second seconding speech.
Mitch Baroody nominated for 3rd Vice-Chair.
Rep. Phillip Lowe seconds nomination of Baroody along with Cong. Wilson’s wife.
Donna Hicks (Spartanburg) nominated for 3rd Vice Chair.
Justin Bradley (Spartanburg) seconds Hicks nomination.
Nominations are closed.
Piper is addressing the convention. He believes America is the greatest nation on the earth.
We must bridge the generational gap.
Encouraged to get involved by Bob Dole.
Piper gets the crowd extremely excited.
Baroody is giving his speech.
We must personally invest time in technology.
Leading by example is my philosophy.
Baroody takes shot at Piper over being a hired political operative.
Hicks begins her speech.
I am a conservative, a member of the NRA and I own a handgun.
We must be real to the young adults.
Sorry, we got lost n the fray of counting ballots and rule changes. Adam Piper wins 3rd Vice Chair.
I can provide more details when I return to Boiling Springs and see my family.
Well, the race for state chairman has now taken an interesting twist. We have been hearing rumors for several weeks now (10 or so) that someone else may be entering the race, but that name just surfaced in the past 2 weeks. Karen Floyd, the former Spartanburg County Council Chairwoman, officially announced on Saturday that she was entering the race.
Her, like Rick Beltram, announced after Katon Dawson made it official that he was not going to run again for the seat.
This sets up an interesting situation in good ole Sparkle City. Beltram and Floyd are both from Spartanburg and have pretty good name recognition. Beltram is experienced at precinct organization in the county and Floyd made a valiant effort to unseat Beltram in 2003 (Check my dates please), so it will be interesting to see which way the county will float.
However, Beltram may have his hands full as there are rumors of multiple individuals looking to run for his county chairman post. On that list is Mike Dixon, Monica Hill, Ladonna Ryggs and Karen Floyd. We have spoken with Monica and Ladonna and they have confirmed that they are not interested. We have not been able to speak with Dixon or Floyd at the time of this publishing.
Kevin Hall is currently the third cog in the wheel for state chairman. He has been actively working the state trying to build a base and has landed a few big time endorsements. He recently unveiled a nice campaign site that was designed by an out of state firm in an effort to keep him out of the SC Political Consultant mess. That didn’t work to well as he has been the scapegoat for Dawson’s loss and others.
Here are the endorsements that we are aware as of 02/16/2009:
- Rick Beltram:
- Samuel Harms (Greenville County GOP Chairman)
- Karen Floyd:
- Glenn McCall (SC RNC National Committeeman)
- Kevin Hall:
- Lindsey Graham (Senior Senator from SC)
- Jim DeMint (Junior Senator from SC)
As for endorsements and associations with campaigns (I need to know where to find political death certificates), I will not be working or endorsing any campaign for state chairman. I am honored to have been asked to assist in these campaigns and wish the candidates the best of luck in their endeavors.
I have been privileged to talk with the two known candidates throwing their hat in the ring to succeed the popular State GOP Chairman Katon Dawson. As many of you are well aware, Mr. Dawson is making a run for the RNC Chairman post and is one of the favorites to win it. Here is a quick overview of the candidates history and qualifications.
At the age of 57, Rick Beltram is making his first run for State GOP Chairman. Rick Beltram is a husband and a father of 5 children and proud grandfather of 5 grandchildren. He owns his own business, B Square Enterprises, which is an umbrella business for sales and consulting.
Rick Beltram has been the chairman of the Spartanburg County GOP since 1999 and has established himself as a hard worker. In the 2008 cycle, Rick led Spartanburg County organization efforts that helped John McCain win 60% of the vote in the county and one all but three races in the county. Those being Democratic strongholds in House District 31 (Harold Mitchell), Senate District 11 (Glenn Reese), and County Council District 1 (Michael Brown).
At the age of 44, Kevin begins to build for a second run for the GOP State Chairman. He began organizing in 2006 for a run in 2007 if Katon Dawson chose not to run for re-election. Kevin is a husband and father of 4 and is a practicing attorney at the Nelson Mullins Law Firm in Columbia.
Kevin has been active in politics since 1984, when he volunteered with John Courson’s first Senate bid. He has worked on various campaigns since then from the State House to Governor’s races. He has also served as counsel to the state GOP party and the finance co-chair of the GOP Victory 2008 Committee. He worked to ensure GOP GOTV efforts were well funded and organized and worked with the Republican National Lawyers Association in nationwide efforts to prevent election fraud.
Both candidates are concerned for the state of the party and are eager to rebuild and regroup.
Rick Beltram appears to understand the ground game and willing to get his hands muddy. He has a proven record of raising money and making Spartanburg a political hot bed in Presidential Politics.
Kevin Hall on the other hand seems to have the attitude needed to court the younger voters and is rock solid in organizing state wide efforts. His legal knowledge will be key in GOP efforts to keep the playing field equal.
In the End:
We wish both candidates the best of luck. Each have strong bases of support and will make sure that the State GOP Party is well recognized.
The Conservativist has learned that there will be a RNC Members Meeting next weekend in Myrtle Beach. Speculation is that Katon Dawson is preparing to make his run for RNC Chair.
One insiders thoughts believed that Katon is a favorite now that the other front runners (Florida’s Jim Greer and Michigan’s Saul Anuzis) states turned blue on November 4th while South Carolina’s remained red.
Needless to say, this has Rick Beltram excited as it is known that the state chair is what he has been loathing over the past few years.
Low and Behold, Michael Reese will get the resignation he called for in the SHJ editorials. So who will be the brave soul to step in and lead the Spartanburg County GOP?