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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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!
We have been seeing the name Kelly Payne pop up all over the place over the past few weeks and over the last year. After seeing all the buzz on FITSNews and a plug from Earl Capps, we had to check her out.
So after tracking her down on Facebook (actually, she tracked me down a few weeks ago promoting the “IT Kids“) and a few Facebook messages, we were able to catch up with Kelly for a few minutes yesterday and ask her a few questions and learn more about her. For those of you who have not had the privilege to talk to her, you will immediately find that she is a pleasure to talk with.
Kelly received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1991 with a major in Political Science and History. In 2005, she received her Master’s degree in Social Studies with distinguished honors. She is currently a teacher at Dutch Fork High School and working throughout the summer with South Carolina Policy Council.
Payne also coordinated the efforts to get the Alive at 25 program active in South Carolina and has established “The Den of Payne” in her civics class at Dutch Fork High School. “The Den of Payne” has attracted various state leaders including, Nikki Haley, Gov. Mark Sanford, SC House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Attorney General Henry McMaster and many more.
So, the begging question, is she running for Superintendent of Education?
As of now, she will neither confirm nor deny the rumors abroad that she is running. She has confirmed that multiple activists have approached her and encouraged her to consider running though.
Tell us what you think!
We have just received word that a Draft Kelly Payne Facebook Group has been created.