Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year’s precinct re-organization meetings. Which is quite unfortunate. It was a process I invested a lot of time in during 2009 to accomplish a few goals for the conservative movement. We were very successful in Spartanburg and I learned a lot through the entire process. Here are a few of my thoughts and sources thoughts on the current re-org situation in Spartanburg.
Paul Jansen – Spartanburg GOP Chairman?
As many of you know, I worked hard with a group of conservatives last time around to ensure we removed the embarrassment of a county chair from his post. We’ll refer to him as TFC for the rest of this article. TFC was the one who wanted to ban a presidential candidate from attending county party events, comment on a candidates trophy wife (here’s FITS trophy wife story) and running primary campaigns out of the county party offices.
Anyways, as I have suspected, TFC has been planning his comeback. But TFC has found a new mouth piece that has appeared to be a puppet for him (TFC). One that I am quite surprised to have seen him cast his lot with.
His name is Paul Jansen. A hard right libertarian and an avid Ron Paul supporter.
Over the past year, Jansen has been getting closer and closer to TFC. He (Jansen) has partnered multiple times with the newly created Piedmont Republican Club to host various events. I and others have warned Jansen about his proximity to TFC and to be very careful. Primarily, we did not need to create any methods to provide TFC with an easy path of entry back into the county party after the amount of effort it took to remove TFC.
Jansen hasn’t revealed any intentions of the nature of his relationship with TFC. It is very probable Jansen thinks he’s building up a rapport with TFC (similar to what I did) to work his way deeper into the GOP. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, TFC’s closest ties are towards the traditional base who lean center-right.
If Jansen were fortunate enough to garner the votes at the convention, my sources and I believe he would be made the laughing stock to the benefit of TFC by the TFC through many backdoor channels. You have to remember, TFC constantly reaches out to media outlets, seeking as much attention as possible.
Understand that I have nothing against Jansen. It is my concern that the intent of TFC is to further his attempts to embarrass the conservative block of the GOP. And if that means throwing Jansen under the bus to accomplish this, he will.
What are your thoughts about this potential alliance?
It is well believed that Ron Paul is prepping up for another run for President. News flash right?
But according to recent fundraising emails from the campaign, it does not appear that South Carolina plays into his plans very much. He has stated plans in Iowa, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Florida, New York (TV appearances) and Nevada.
I mean, why would he waste his resources on South Carolina republicans. Generally speaking, most republicans (not all) elected in this state are more concerned with social conservative issues and have no issues with government power grabs. Although many claim to be fiscal conservatives and less government, actions by the state legislature trend other wise.
Not only that, you can see how well he was received during the last election cycle. They were more amused by Giuliani questioning Paul for his non-interventionist policies than rational reasoning, a GOP leader attempted to ban him from attending local events and he garnered only 5% of the vote in the primary.
South Carolina has chosen the eventual republican nominee for president since 1980, so it seems foolish to bypass it. Either way, this strategy move is interesting.
What do you think about Paul’s potential campaign strategy?
It has been a while since we have commented on our lastest thoughts or happenings. I have been pretty busy working on a few other projects.
First, some changes we have made here at The Conservativist. Our old comments engine has been replaced. To help eliminate some comment spam and promote transparency, we have implemented Facebook’s commenting system. Secondly, I am moving anything that is not political over to my personal site. Only politics here from now on.
Also, my goal is to promote discussion, exchange ideas, and share opinions. Occasionally, we will do some investigative research and share some findings, but I want to change how this was working. I will continue posting press releases and the such as we have in the past. I’m glad to see our friends over at FITSNews picked up one of our popular trends.
Also, make sure you bookmark our events page. As the Presidential Primary season heats up, I will be updating this as often as possible. Use the contact form to get your event announced. Make sure you give us a decent notice to ensure your event gets posted in time.
Don’t forget to check out my other political news site, PoliticalVise.com. It’s a powerful news aggregator, only picking up blog political opinions, that is constantly growing. No opinions will be found there. Just news. We are constantly adding new blogs and states to the vise. So check it regularly.
Here are a few random thoughts and observations I have made over the past few months. Tell me what you think.
The Economy – Upstate, SC
Our elected officials can tout that we are business friendly and they support business etc all they want. But if you look at the job market in the Upstate, it does not appear to be as promising as they want you to believe.
Since the death of Mr. Milliken, Spartanburg politics has been in a spiral. The latest comes in the battle for the GSP Airport commission seats recently vacated, as mentioned in Jason Spencer’s recent blog.
From sources, we have learned that the jockeying is more so to keep one person off the commission as there is to getting on it. As it is, there have been four names submitted: Doug Cobb (current Spartanburg GOP Exec. Committeeman), Doug Smith (former SC House Speaker Pro Tem), Bill Barnett (former mayor of Spartanburg) and Elizabeth Carroll Belenchia (according to Google, an international real estate consultant).
Supposedly, a unnamed senator is lobbying to get Doug Smith on the board and keep Barnett off. Who does he want? Doug Cobb. This is supposedly about a power struggle between Smith and Barnett. And according to sources, this is almost a done deal.
I have seen this coming for some time now. Starting immediately with the formation of the Piedmont Republican Club after being defeated in April of 2009. Beltram has been linked to running for Spartanburg Country GOP Chair and SCGOP Chair. Although nothing has been made official. Not only that, he has started his own blog claiming transparency and no ads, eliminating an obligation to candidates, officials etc. I know Beltram well enough not to believe everything he writes or says…
Spartanburg Legislative Delegation Chairman
Sources have indicated that Representative Steve Parker (HD37) is working hard to become the next chairman of the Spartanburg delegation. A deal brokered in 2009 after a contest over rules and weighted voting resulted in the county delegation chairmanship alternating between the Senate and the House.
So, we’ve known for about a month or so that Karen Floyd would not be returning as SCGOP Chair in 2011. The front runners appear to be Patrick Haddon (Greenville County Chairman, SCGOP 1st Vice Chair) and Chad Connelly (Newberry County Chairman, Political Consultant). Rumors are abound that there is a potential third candidate. None of my sources have been willing to say any names for sure though.
As for me, I know Patrick personally and I have met Chad a few times. I know people close to Chad. I haven’t talked to them about their plans for the SCGOP and I’m not sure which way I will go.
The End of an Era – Per Say
Congressman Trey Gowdy was sworn into office on January 5, 2011, officially ending the era of former Congressman Bob Inglis. Inglis has been unrelenting on his criticism of the American people since his defeat in June 2010. He didn’t waste any time chiming in on the tragic events in Tuscon, making sure to place blame on conservatives nationwide. But this has been his call sign since he lost in June. Inglis fails to realize that he wasn’t ousted because he didn’t call Obama a socialist. Mr. Inglis’ votes and arrogance over several years led to his defeat.
Senator Jim DeMint will be visiting the world famous Beacon Drive-in on August 20th, 2010 from 3-5 pm.
This event is being sponsored by the Spartanburg GOP and NEWS Radio WORD will be broadcasting from The Beacon as well.
It is very fitting that DeMint is making a stop in Spartanburg during his re-election campaign.
For those of you who don’t remember, during the intense battle for Spartanburg County Chairman in 2009, then chairman Rick Beltram said he would be sitting on his hands when DeMint comes to Spartanbug in 2010. Why? DeMint endorsed his opponent in the State GOP race that ended up not being as highly contested as was once thought.
Beltram lost the county GOP race, withdrew from state GOP race and has been working on embarrassing the local party since, forming his own Republican club and most recently staging a meeting to oust write-in candidate Jimmy McMillan from the State House 36 race.
Is it Political Irony or Political Payback? You tell us!
Beltram has been all but quiet since leaving the GOP, challenging the party leadership and even blasting it at times. Such as a comment made on his Facebook profile after being presented an award for his long service in the county party at last weeks Bronze Elephant in Spartanburg.
“I rushed home from my sales trip to attend the Bronze Elephant event…..we only had 125 people and the local Dems had 350 at their event. It is really too bad that we have fallen so far in just 6 months!!! What has happened????”
As many of you may know, Beltram founded the Piedmont Republican Club immediately (12 days) after the county GOP decided they would unite (~75%) and remove him from his long held position as Spartanburg GOP Chairman.
While doing a little research today on Beltram’s Piedmont Republican Club, I stumbled across a book about Greenville written by Archie Vernon Huff. The book titled “Greenville: the history of the city and county in the South Carolina Piedmont“, even discusses some political discourse that took place in 1976 during Reagan’s rise to national prominence.
A group of individuals from the conservative right became excited and went to work in the Republican Party to help nominate Ronald Reagan. As a result, the current leadership (1976) was ousted from power. Those ousted from power, well, they formed the Piedmont Republican Club.
“They withdrew and formed a rival organization, The Piedmont Republican Club and blamed their ouster on the influence of Bob Jones University…until 1980 Greenville County had essentially two Republican parties, and the result was disastrous in local races.”
One has to wonder, is Beltram working to accomplish the same thing in 2010. Let us know what you think in our poll and in the comments!