This House race is one of the more important races on my radar, as it is my personal district. What I find interesting in this race is the renewed battle and controversy between Davenport and Parker.
Davenport held the seat for almost 22 years until Parker scored a victory in the 2008 GOP Primary. It was a land slide but as the democratic challenger, Eric Hayler, stated after the primary election, this was a referendum on School District Consolidation and not on Davenport.
In 2006, Parker lost the primary by a mere 9 votes, so this has always been a tight battle. In Boiling Springs, you either hate Parker or you love him. I guess you could say the same about Davenport.
Parker can be called to question on his stimulus support, as Gov. Mark Sanford called him and other legislatures out by name at the 2009 SCGOP convention. He can also be held accountable for campaigning on no new taxes, no targeted taxes, then turning around and supporting a cigarette tax hike. During his 2008 campaign, Parker told constituents he would not support “targeted” taxes because that would justify a tax on coke.
Davenport is the interesting case. He hasn’t campaigned much but most of his campaign signs read “Tea Party Approved”. Most people in the area tend to like Davenport more so than Parker.
Davenport’s disadvantage, he is running as a Constitution Party candidate after years of serving in the GOP. The question will be how many voters will go out and push the all “R” button or will they remember to vote for their old friend, Davenport on the Constitution ticket.
My biggest concern with Davenport is his enthusiasm and his past votes to use the government to ban items he knew nothing about. Has he changed in the last few years and did the Constitution Party look into this? Who knows.
Sources indicate that the Democratic candidate, Frazer, is polling in the high teens. Politically we don’t know much about Frazer, besides the fact she was a field organizer for the Obama campaign, according to Project Vote Smart.
According to Vote Smart, she wants to maintain the status of several tax rates in the state, but increase it on those high earners and also increase the alcohol, cigarette, and corporate tax rates. She doesn’t want state and local police to enforce federal immigration law.
For you gun enthusiasts, Frazer isn’t great either. She doesn’t want concealed weapons permits and she wants everyone licensed to own a gun.
You can read more at Project Vote Smart.
First of all, this is not an endorsement. Although everything appears to favor Parker’s re-election, I think Davenport will sneak in with the victory at 41%. Parker will finish 2nd at 39% and Frazer will bring in a little more than the strong D district percentage with 20%.
Apparently sometime over the last few years, Survivor, hit the air in SC. That and King George (isn’t he dead) has retaken the throne and rules in SC. Well according to exiting House Pro Tem Doug Smith, it appears both are true.
In Sunday’s Herald Journal article, Doug Smith claims the elected seat is the incumbents to hold come come hell or high water, “you (county chairman), ought to give them (incumbents) protection.”
Understand that he his referring to Ralph Davenport and Bob Walker. I don’t know of anything personally concerning Walker’s affairs, but Mr. Davenport hung himself after his second attempt to over run Spartanburg County School District 2 (School District Consolidation and attempting to take property from the district in 2006).
This appears to be a common theme in politics as well, at least it exists on both sides of the aisle. When speaking with a younger Reese concerning his fathers re-election campaign against Mike Gardner, he quickly took up arms stating (paraphrased) “his father deserved that seat and that there shouldn’t be a race.”
The point is, every race should be contested. The people should have a choice and if the incumbent deserves the immunity idol, he will win handly on election day.
By the way, somebody call up Jeff Probst and get Jim Ritchie and Glenn Reese an immunity idol before June 24th and November 4th elections.
Contact: Gary Coats
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 4th, 2008
Boiling Springs, SC – The Steve Parker Campaign(State House 37) has learned that DHEC has reviewed their documentation, the mailers sent by Ralph Davenport, and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) and is prepared to inform the media that their allegations attacking Steve Parker are false. More information as the various Media outlets break this story.
Media contact at DHEC : Thom Berry
UPDATE: There are arguments that this is inaccurate. According to SCSEC, Beltram is correct in his findings.
Candidate’s qualifications for all offices, except SC Senate and SC House of Representatives, are determined at the time of the election and not at the time of filing or nomination. Qualifications for Senate and House are determined at the time of filing.
SPARTANBURG- After extensive investigation, a challenge is being posted to the eligibility for Eric Hayler to be a candidate for HD#37. He filed last week with the Spartanburg Democratic Party. This was confirmed and reported by the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
The rule is very clear that a candidate for the State House MUST be a resident of the district at the TIME of FILING. Mr. Hayler actually resides at 402 Longspur Ct. in Duncan which is in District #34. Repeated calls by GOP officials to the Hayler residence (864-486-8883) confirmed that this address is the current Hayler residence. Although, the house is for sale by owner, the candidate resides in a location that is not within District #37. Several pictures were taken over several days to add evidence that this residence is fully occupied. The candidate’s auto is also pictured in the driveway of the home.
The Spartanburg County Republican Party asks that the Spartanburg Democratic Party to immediately “de-file” this individual as ineligible to be a candidate. This is not the first occasion that the Democrats have filed candidates that are ineligible. Liz Patterson contended in 2006 that it is not her responsibility to “police” the candidates that come forward.
As a result, the GOP has been forced to perform “due diligence” on the Democratic candidates. Other Democratic filed candidates are being reviewed for eligibility. Filing ends promptly at noon on Sunday 03/30/08. GOP officials will be at Democratic HQ at that time to assure that election law is properly executed.
For more information, please call Rick Beltram (864-590-7723)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 26, 2008
Steve Parker To Officially Announce Campaign for SC House District 37
Boiling Springs, SC – After receiving hundreds of phone calls, several discussions with his family, and prayerful consideration, Steve has decided to honor the request of the people and announce his candidacy for South Carolina House District 37. The event will be at 6:00pm Thursday March 27, 2008, at Chernagan’s Café, 3409 Boiling Springs Rd, Boiling Springs, SC 29316.
Steve will focus his campaign on:
– Local government control
– Job creation and growth
– Improving South Carolinas infrastructure
After Steve’s announcement, dinner will be provided for those in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Gary Coats – Campaign Manager