Congressional Campaign Employs Magistrate Judge

June 1, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Sen. David Thomas, Candidate for Congress, SC-4

Sen. David Thomas, Candidate for Congress, SC-4

Effective May 25, 2010, Sen. David Thomas’ congressional campaign was employing a magistrate judge.

Jame F. Hicks III has been acting as Thomas’ political and communications director since June of 2009 for his congressional campaign.  Which means during this time, his nomination was pending.  We are still researching to find when Hicks was nominated and name submitted to Sanford’s office for approval.

Why is this a problem?  It is a a direct violation of judges code of conduct.  Hicks should have known for some time that he was nominated and probably should have ceased his political activities.

According to the Judges Code of Conduct, Canon 7:


  1. A judge should not:
    1. act as a leader or hold any office in a political organization;
    2. make speeches for a political organization or candidate or publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office;
    3. solicit funds for or pay an assessment or make a contribution to a political organization or candidate, attend political gatherings, or purchase tickets for political party dinners, or other functions.
  2. A judge should resign the judicial office when the judge becomes a candidate either in a primary or in a general election for any office.
  3. A judge should not engage in any other political activity; provided, however, this should not prevent a judge from engaging in the activities described in Canon 4.

Hicks website was taken down since his appointment on May 25th..  A cache of his website remains on the Google servers showing his political activities.  You can view our screen capture here.  Hicks collected $2400 in the first quarter of the year from the Thomas campaign according to FEC records.

We have a call outstanding to the campaign, in particular Mr. Hicks concerning his appointment. At the time of publication, Mr. Hicks did not immediately return our calls.

Related Information:
Senate Journal of Hicks Appointment

Related Articles:
Sen. David Thomas Staffer Appointed Magistrate

The Ads – Trey Gowdy for Congress

May 28, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Trey Gowdy, Candidate for Congress, SC-4

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In February of 2000, he left the United States Attorney’s Office to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor. He defeated the incumbent Solicitor in the Republican primary and was elected in November 2000 without opposition. He has been re-elected twice – in 2004 and 2008 – without opposition. Since becoming Solicitor, he has led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. He started a Violence Against Women Task Force, a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and started a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

The Ads – Bob Inglis For Congress

May 27, 2010 by  
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Bob Inglis, SC-4 Congressman

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Bob Inglis is currently serving his 6th term in the US Congress Representing South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District.

Inglis Brags About ACU Rating But….

May 13, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Bob Inglis

Congressman Bob Inglis, circa 2008

Have you looked at it the ACU ratings historically.  Bob is raving about how conservative Bob 3.0 is, but Bob 3.0 has only been in existence since 2009.

Since Inglis returned to Congress in 2005, Bob 2.0, he has not been as conservative on the issues.  I’m happy to see you made the right votes to satisfy the National Right To Life Organization, but they are a single issue organization.  There are multiple issues concerning the conservative community.

What about the Real ID Bob?  What about mandating the use of CFL Bulbs in houses?  Extending FISA?

The people in the fourth are looking for a leader Congressman.  We’ve heard you preach your 5 immigration points?  Where’s the bill?  You publicized that you were going to write an alternative health care bill Congressman.  Where’s the bill?

According to the ACU, Inglis’ 2008 ACU rating was an 84.  Interestingly enough, the ACU altered the formula in 2009 to include Inglis’ first 6 years in office, giving him a 93 lifetime rating.

Here’s the historical ACU ratings, with comparisons to the other Republican’s in SC during Bob 2.0.  You can do your own research at the ACU.

2009 – 92 (Brown 96, Wilson 96, Barrett 96)
2008 – 84 (Brown 83, Wilson 92, Barrett 96)
2007 – 88 (Brown 96, Wilson 100, Barrett 100)
2006 – 84 (Brown 84, Wilson 91, Barrett 96)
2005 – 80 (Brown 96, Wilson 100, Barret 100)

1998- Not Available Online
1997 – Not Available Online
1996 – 100
1995 – 92
1994 – 100
1993 – 100

Let’s Talk with Bob Inglis Spartanburg – Update

May 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Events

Inglis’ monthly Let’s Talk in Spartanburg will be held on May 17th at Yanni’s starting at noon.

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