2010 Race for the “Fightin’ Fourth”

December 5, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

I don’t know if you can call a facebook group an official announcement, but Rick Mahler from Campobello has built a facebook group announcing his intentions to run for Bob Inglis’ 4th Congressional seat.

We displayed a list of potential candidates a few months back of who we suspected to be running.  So lets give an update.

  1. Bob Inglis (incumbent)
    1. The incumbent, enough said.
  2. Gary Coats
    1. Some political circles around Spartanburg have mentioned that I may be interested in running for the seat.  Those individuals who have spoke to me have mentioned that my constant criticism of the Congressman led them to believe that I was interested.
    2. UPDATE: For clarification, I am not running for this seat in 2010.
  3. Rick Mahler
    1. Has created a group on Facebook to begin organizing.  Will be interesting to see if he can put together a ground game.
  4. Jim Ritchie
    1. Ritchie has run for this seat in the past and was handed a strong defeat.  Again he is considered to be running for Governor or Attorney General; part of the reason he lost his Senate seat to Shane Martin.
    2. UPDATE: Rumors are still strong that this candidate is working on building a campaign.  Nothing has been officially declared, but my sources are pretty reliable.
  5. Scott Talley
    1. Talley lost his bid for a State Senate seat in a close election against Lee Bright.  He had relinquished his state house seat for that race.  It was rumored in 2007 as a future interest for him and has been mentioned to me by a few individuals that he may be planning.
    2. UPDATE: I have not heard anything new concerning Talley’s plans for 2010.  It will be interesting to see where he goes next.

Do you have any information concerning the 2010 race for the 4th Congressional District, share it with us!

The 2010 Rumor Mills

August 24, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Now that the 2008 primaries are past us and the General Election is looming, The Conservativist has been keeping it’s ears open for the races in 2010.  Since the rumor mill is running at full speed, why not share what we have heard and read.

The race for Governor appears to be at full steam ahead.  So much so that the fundraising mailers have already begin to hit the post boxes.

  1. Gresham Barrett – Heavily rumored to be in the running.  He has been on several talk radio shows, sent out a nice fundraising letter last summer (I live outside of his district and received the mailer, good indication?), and the blogosphere has been discussing it.  Just search “gresham barrett for governor”.
  2. Andre Bauer (Lt. Governor) – It has been expected for the past few years that Bauer would move up the ladder from his current post.  Bauer has been working hard to help the elderly (a large portion of the electorate) over the past year and has had cool fundraising events in Charlotte driving stock cars.
  3. Oscar Lovelace – After making a valiant effort in 2006 to beat Sanford in the primary, Lovelace appears to be making a run for it as an independent.  This will be an interesting spectacle as he will face two of these 6 individuals in November 2010.  Then again, we may end up with a Democratic Governor if he has the support he had in 2006.
  4. Henry McMaster (Attorney General) – He is in the process of launching a new campaign site.  McMaster’s name has been working thru the mill since 2007.  He has been working hard to make a name for himself and getting well needed publicity for a statewide race.  His efforts to crack down on child porn and touring the state with Presumptive Nominee John McCain should not hender his efforts.
  5. Jim Rex (State Superintendent of Education) – Rex began sending fundraising mailers out this week for his potential run for Governor.  He is trying to portray his strength as a reformer of the education system. Then again, this could just be fundraising to retain his seat for another four years as Education Chief.  The folks over at The Palmetto Scoop and at FITSNews have also had there criticisms and beliefs that Rex is on the move.
  6. Jim Ritchie – This has been pretty quiet over the past few months, but don’t be surprised if he throws his hat in the ring.  Remember, Shane Martin and Max Hyde went after his Senate seat because of this rumor.
  7. Inez Tenenbaum –  Although some have criticized her for taking a job as a lobbyist, she also had a candidates page set up on facebook.  The Conservativist is unable to locate it at this time.

State Attorney General

  1. Jim Ritchie – This was rumored in 2007, but we have not heard anymore whispers concerning this.  Ritchie has a lot of empty time on his hands since loosing on June 24th, so it will be interesting to see where his political future will move next.
  2. Trey Gowdy – This too was rumored in 2007.  Just a few weeks ago, Gowdy met at Wades with Doug Smith and John White.  They had a nice conversation as it was reported, but no details were provided.

4th Congressional District

  1. Bob Inglis (incumbent) – The incumbent, enough said.
  2. Gary Coats – Some political circles around Spartanburg have mentioned that I may be interested in running for the seat.  Those individuals who have spoke to me have mentioned that my constant criticism of the Congressman led them to believe that I was interested.
  3. Jim Ritchie – Ritchie has run for this seat in the past and was handed a strong defeat.  Again he is considered to be running for Governor or Attorney General; part of the reason he lost his Senate seat to Shane Martin.
  4. Scott Talley – Talley lost his bid for a State Senate seat in a close election against Lee Bright.  He had relinquished his state house seat for that race.  It was rumored in 2007 as a future interest for him and has been mentioned to me by a few individuals that he may be planning.
Do you have information to add to the Rumor Mill?  Leave us a comment!

The Incumbent Blues

June 24, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Well, it looks like it has become pretty official in the land of the Upstate. The incumbent blues continues as we seek Jim Ritchie and Rock Adams go down in defeat this evening. Another newcomer brought out the votes and beat a veteran in a battle for Senate District 12 ( Lee Bright over Scott Talley).

The final tally…only 3 Republican seats will have individuals with General Assembly experience. My advice to the winners…

Remember who voted you in, remember what you stand for, because the people of Spartanburg are no longer afraid to oust the incumbents.

Lee Bright v Scott Talley – Who Wants Vouchers?

June 24, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

I have heard a lot of debate on the he said he said between Bright and Talley.  I am not endorsing one candidate or the other, but did find this information interesting to read. It appears both candidates have ties to the voucher program, Talley voted for it here & here and Bright is being constantly accused of it.

Below is Sanfords letter of endorsement.

Dear Friend,

I hope this email finds you well. As you probably know, last week I endorsed Lee Bright in the Senate District 12 race and I thought I would write to briefly explain why I think he would be a great Senator for Spartanburg County.

Lee strikes me as a principled conservative who would not only represent the area’s interests well, but also be an advocate for important changes in the way our state does business. He shares our goal of making our state more competitive in the global marketplace and improving the overall lives of all South Carolinians – and sees how important changing things in Columbia is to getting there.

I think his experience in starting and building a small business makes him appreciate how hard people work to earn a living, and the importance of treating “government money” like money that actually belongs to taxpayers.

As you head to the polls next week, I would ask that you consider the following.

– Government spends about $20 billion of our money every year. In fact, state spending has increased by over 40 percent in the last three years – much faster than family income.

– In some cases, those funds are wasted on balloon festivals and Elvis impersonators while the legislature leaves deficits for fuel for our school buses and securing prisons.

– We have more than $20 billion in unpaid political promises and these IOUs will have to be paid by our children and grandchildren.

– We have an antiquated and fractured government structure that creates more overlap and duplication and less accountability. In fact, we are the only state in the country with a Budget and Control Board that handles the administrative functions handled by the other 49 governors in the country.

I won’t bore you with more examples, but the bottom line is that I believe we are close to achieving some significant reforms in Columbia – but that we too often find ourselves falling just a few votes shy of essential change. Sending Lee to the Senate would be a huge help to our efforts, so I hope you’ll support Lee in Tuesday’s runoff.

Take care,

Mark Sanford

PS – To view the television commercial that explains why I endorsed Lee, please click here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=GPkIliv1lT0

Spartanburg County Bronze Elephant

October 15, 2007 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Live from Cleveland Park in Spartanburg, SC. Tonight the Spartanburg GOP will be hosting their annual county party event. Governor Mark Sanford will also be presenting. I’ll provide live blog updates throughout the night.

  • 6:50pm
    • Program begins in 2 minutes
  • 19:03
    • Special music by Brittany Hunter
    • Reading of the Republican Creed
    • Rick Beltram takes the podium
    • All money raised tonight goes to fund Republican candidates that go to the general election.
    • The party does help with strategy
    • Officials in attendance
      • Lindsey Grady
      • Lee Bright
      • Rick Cherry
      • Trey Gowdy
      • Mark Hammond
      • John Wilkins
      • Max Hyde
      • Mark Kitchens
      • Joe Mahaffey
      • Shane Martin
      • O’neal Mintz
      • Steve Parker
      • Bob Walker
      • Scott Talley
      • Jim Ritchie
      • LB Watson
      • Chuck Wright
      • Jeff Horton
      • David Britt
    • Mark Sanford introduced
    • What makes it so important to gather in this place on a Monday Night.
    • Want to say thank you for being in the trenches for many years
    • It’s my humble opinion that we need reinforcement and we need them now
    • I believe that we live in the most pivitol point in American history
    • Most threats have been external in nature (in the past)
    • Today’s threats are internal in nature.
    • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility (Spiderman)
    • Everyone of you have great power in determining what comes next
    • Jefferson said “One person with courage is a majority”
    • One person can make a difference
    • It is important for each one of you to find a way to double your effort
    • Katrina is part of the human tradition….tragedy
    • Dependency was the most disturbing piece of Katrina.
    • Look at the reaction of the American public, most people believed the Bush was completely at fault for Katrina
  • 19:26
    • Something is awfully upside down if you begin looking at the government immediately after a tragedy
    • This is to be the party of freedom
    • Today’s world is extremely competitive world
    • When you looked at people on TV after Katrina, did you see the people has lions or gazelles. Lion doesn’t run faster than slowest gazelle, he dies. If the gazelle doesn’t run faster than the lion, he dies
    • We have to profound opportunities with taxes and spending
    • Your help is needed if you want to help, just don’t for get the little things
  • 19:31
    • Three points
      • Be a candidate or support candidates that are willing to lose
        • In real conflicts, there are tragedies
        • Name of the game is staying true to the principles that got you in office
        • Churchill said courage was going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm
        • Look at the big picture, and the principles you stand for
      • Insist candidates and support the vision
      • We typically found ourselves blocking things as Conservatives
      • One last observation
        • How powerful each of you can be with governmental growth on one side, and liberty on the other
        • At the end of the day, what are we all fighting for
        • Liberty, freedom, our kids
  • 19:41
    • Salute to first responders and their families
    • Introduction of Sheriff Chuck Wright
    • Integrity and Honor
    • We have a bunch of days where people are dragging their feet
    • People deserve the right to go home and see their children
    • You must stand up for your rights
    • I pulled a guy over and he wanted to speak to my boss
    • I responded “Well, that will take you a while, because the people of Spartanburg are the boss”
    • I carry 5 stones in my pocket at all times
    • In one debate with former Sheriff Coffey and Bill Norris
    • God I need to know what to say, when to stand up, when to sit down, when to shut up
    • The five stones are to remind me that it is not about me, but it is about all of us
    • I don’t want to hear how rotten the other guy is, I want to know what you can do for me.
    • Legislature needs to know what we need, don’t just bring problems, bring solutions
    • Why do I have to read a drunk driver there Miranda Rights 3 times, but a murder 1 time
    • I want to recognize my traffic division for the DUI enforcement
    • If you do not get off of your butt and tell the people who they should vote for, we are going to lose, and I hate losing to Democrats
    • We don’t mind Hispanics coming to America, just COME IN THE FRONT DOOR
    • Don’t tell me I cannot carry a gun
    • I’m going to quit before my wife hears this speech
  • 19:54pm
    • Introduction of Dr. Hugh Cort
    • It’s great to be in SC, it’s great living in south, we have it made!
    • I’m in touch with intelligence experts around the world, I’ve read the 9/11 book
    • We know Osama Bin Laden is planning an attack on America
    • He has a plan called the American Hiroshima
    • They have already obtained 26 suitcase nukes and already smuggled from Mexico into American Cities
    • And he hired 20 KGB associates to maintain those suitcase nukes
    • Bin Laden in planning a Nuclear Hailstorm, hitting 10 cities
      • Washington, New York City, Las Vegas, Valdez Oil Terminal
    • FBI refuses to search the mosques in the big cities
    • Don’t want to violate Muslims Constitutional rights
    • So they took it to Cheney
  • 20:00
    • I believe I am the only candidate that can stop Bin Laden’s coming attacks.
    • We need to bomb Iran’s 24 nuclear sites, and it can be done in 48 hours
    • If Iran gets nukes, it will kill 200 million people before we can stop him if we do not act now.
    • Secure to boarder and deport the illegals.
    • Issue Executive Order banning homosexuality and abortion immediately following inauguration speech.
    • 5 questions
      • Do you want to stop homosexual marriage and abortion
      • Do you want to stop Bin Laden’s coming attack
      • Do you want to win the war in Iraq
      • Do you want to stop Iran from getting nukes
      • Do you want to win the war on terror.
    • go to cortforpresident.com
  • 20:08
    • God Bless America and America Bless God
    • Introduction of Mark Hammond
    • We have been quite busy
    • Have made our government more business friendly than it has in many years
    • I have worked with the Sheriff to stop trafficking of counterfeit merchandise
    • Can get up to 5 years and 10 years for repeat violations
  • 20:15
    • Door prizes….
    • This is the end of the event, look for a synopsis later