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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

More on Possible Third Lite Gov Candidate

While a lot of you boys out there might wish it was The West Wing's Allison Smith set to mount a third-party challenge to Dre' Dawg (a.k.a. Andre Bauer) and Robert Barber in the South Carolina Lite Governor's race ... it's not.

The rumored candidacy has generated wild speculation out there in the S.C. blogosphere, however, and more than a few of you submitted your guesses today into the FITS' mailbag.

Here is a smattering of some of the more popular speculations:

-Mike Campbell
-Carroll A. "Tumpy" Campbell III
-Jenny Sanford
-Will Folks
-Chad Walldorf
-Tom Davis
-Henry Jordan
-John Rainey

What's really interesting is the obscene amount of attention this race gets given its limited and largely ceremonial role in state government.

Ninety-percent of the media coverage these past two weeks predictably focused on the Lite Gov's race, but when you stop and think about it, the office itself is nowhere near as powerful as the "other" race decided on Tuesday, the battle for State Treasurer.

Andre may be getting all of the ink, but we here at FITS theorize it's T-Rav who really knows how to roll.

9 Comments:

Blogger Frank said...

W, I saw some names on that list that could be possibles. But, Tom Davis--Last Tim I checked, Tom was the reason Marshall grabbed 65% instead of 60% or 55%.

1:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way for Tumpy. He already turned down running for Treas. and way too many skeletons in that closet.

3:17 PM

 
Anonymous Jenny W said...

Let's rally behind Walldorf. Ribs for EVERYONE!!!! Knots can't say anything bad about the creator of the yummy Cheesy Chicken Sandwich and Tennessee Whisky BBQ sauce.

4:27 PM

 
Anonymous Willie said...

If Mike Campbell attempted to run for Lt. Gov as an independent, he would likely be judicially disqualified and possibly subject to imprisonment. Campbell signed a statorily-sanctioned loyalty oath swearing he would not run as an independent if he lost the primary. The same chapter of the code states that violations of the chapter can result in imprisonment. Of course, Andre's puppetmaster avoided imprisonment for his election crimes.

11:38 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is does Mike Campbell get the nomination when the truth about Andre Bauer's plane crash (beer cans in the wreckage) and the suppression of a police report involving him and a woman in Mount Pleasant come out and he is forced to resign the nomination.

1:34 PM

 
Blogger just the truth said...

This whole thing is silly, if this is really Will's site, then I have lost some respect for Will. No one, from my memory, has won a third party candidacy since Bubba Cromer and before him the most memorable was Strom Thurmond.

As far as Adam Piper saying that Lt. Governor Bauer didn't outwork him, well, I feel the need to set the record straight. Campbell was outworked and beaten handily. I can tell Mr. Piper one thing - he won't forget his first run in with Team Bauer for a long time to come.

Lastly, about these silly rumors regarding the Lt. Governor and drinking, womanizing and some obviously ill-informed rumor about a woman in Mt. Pleasant, well if you will look back in the past you will see that all such false rumors have failed to work.

At least one of the candidates in the primary for the 2002 race for Lt. Governor tried to float a rumor that Lt. Governor Bauer was gay - didn't work. Now, Campbell tried to float rumors that he was a womanizer and that he drank all the time. Once again, the rumors are false and the voters of South Carolina knew much better.

As far as Barber, I know him and know him to be a likable guy but what the newspapers don't list as an occupation that he has derived what I would guess to be not an insignificant amount of money from the last several years is lobbying the legislature. What will the voters of South Carolina think about when they learn that he not only is an attorney and a restauranteur but a lobbyist as well. Furthermore, he lost his last campaign to a not overly strong Lynn Seithel for his house seat.

12:04 PM

 
Blogger just the truth said...

This whole thing is silly, if this is really Will's site, then I have lost some respect for Will. No one, from my memory, has won a third party candidacy since Bubba Cromer and before him the most memorable was Strom Thurmond.

As far as Adam Piper saying that Lt. Governor Bauer didn't outwork him, well, I feel the need to set the record straight. Campbell was outworked and beaten handily. I can tell Mr. Piper one thing - he won't forget his first run in with Team Bauer for a long time to come.

Lastly, about these silly rumors regarding the Lt. Governor and drinking, womanizing and some obviously ill-informed rumor about a woman in Mt. Pleasant, well if you will look back in the past you will see that all such false rumors have failed to work.

At least one of the candidates in the primary for the 2002 race for Lt. Governor tried to float a rumor that Lt. Governor Bauer was gay - didn't work. Now, Campbell tried to float rumors that he was a womanizer and that he drank all the time. Once again, the rumors are false and the voters of South Carolina knew much better.

As far as Barber, I know him and know him to be a likable guy but what the newspapers don't list as an occupation that he has derived what I would guess to be not an insignificant amount of money from the last several years is lobbying the legislature. What will the voters of South Carolina think about when they learn that he not only is an attorney and a restauranteur but a lobbyist as well. Furthermore, he lost his last campaign to a not overly strong Lynn Seithel for his house seat.

12:05 PM

 
Blogger faithinsound said...

Dear "Truth,"

You know we heard you the first time, right?

-FITS

3:48 PM

 
Anonymous Truth is a Stranger to Just the Truth said...

Just the truth is just a little confused. Barber never lost a State House race. His seat was open when Lynn Seithel beat a vary weak Democrat in 1994.

Also, Barber has his former lobbying clients listed on his web site. College of Charleston . . . American Cancer Society, the Wildlife Federation . . . ooh wait until the voters find out about that. Give me a break.

9:03 AM

 

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