Monday, July 17, 2006

Jakie Not Running

Jakie Knotts, South Carolina's preeminent redneck politician, announced through his consultant this morning that he's not running for governor, meaning incumbent Republican Mark Sanford and Democratic challenger Tommy Moore are all alone on the November 2006 ballot.

According to consultant Rod Shealy, Knotts isn't making the bid because he wouldn't be able to raise the $2 million needed to be competitive.

That's a pretty convenient excuse, and one we'll be delving into a bit more deeply here in the days to come. We're sure the real reason has nothing to do with money, but stay tuned ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

But, he made his point didn't he?
Hmmm, what was his point again?

1:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Country Boy vs Beach Boy
Heck, I guess I'll go back to WWF.

I had the farm on Jakie...

Get-r-done Tommy ...

5:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, party payback's a b....

Maybe Jake wrapped up a Jenny Sanford endorsement for his re-election bid...

5:55 PM

Anonymous west_rhino said...

You could have found a pic of Barney Fife hinding the gun back to Andy to head this piece.

That would have been too ironic.

6:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you get such a good picture of him?

7:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the petitions are a bit padded to reach the 10,000 and could fail review by the election commission?

9:24 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

I'm sure the money was a part of it. Possibly the scorn of his GOP colleagues and a campaign that could possibly backfire.

Of the four Senators who sought, but lost, bids for statewide office in 2002, one (Branton) was defeated for re-election in 2004, Hawkins and Leventis both won their re-elections by less than a single percentage point, and only Thomas did well.

The same thing could have happened with Jakie, especially if 2008 GOP primary voters in his district blamed him for helping elect a Democratic governor.

It's one thing to be mad at Sanford (and you can include me as one of those) and another to take it to the level which Jakie threatened to do.

It was smart for him to step back from the brink.

9:29 PM

Anonymous Corey Hutchins said...

The Islanders stomp Boss Hog

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The boys in the State House raised the pink Polo and boat shoes flag a little higher this week when S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts’ political consultant told The State he wouldn’t be on the ballot for governor.
“Awe Shucks, Jakie ain’t runnin’ after all,” reads a July 17 post on the SC Good Ole Boy blog.
Democrat or Republican, redneck or frat boy, S.C. citizen-bloggers, students, political junkies, columnists, boozers and loosers are talking about the new battle for who will to represent South Carolina.
“It takes time to convince the good ol’ boys that for so many years controlled the government of South Carolina in the General Assembly,” Earnest J. Berger, of Seabrook Island and member of Sanford’s Budget Task Force said.
On political satire Web sites and blogs, Knotts appears to be the country Republican party-boy, all red face and “yee haw,” while Sanford’s people scoff from the deck of the Sullivan’s Island Yacht Club.
Web site Schotline.com boasted the headline “Knotts lotsa splainin to do,” this week along with one calling him an embarrassment to the Republican Party after his choice to petition for the ballot.
“I really want to run and I really want to be governor,” Knotts told The State, “but I’ve got to look into the woods and not just at the tree line.”
The woods may just be where the “other” Republicans wish Knotts would stay, with some colorful language coming again from the SC Good Ole Boy blog parodying a fictional scene of Gov. Sanford saying he would “personally take down the Battle Flag on the state house (sic) grounds and present it to the NAACP for their use,” and later writing “That’s right Mr. and Mrs. Bubba, if you love that flag, don’t put your x on that petition.”
Also this month, the S.C. GOP released a Web site calling Sen. Tommy Moore a “liberal senator” in order to pull more votes toward Sanford, a man himself who has been labeled a libertarian enough times to mention.
So with Boss Hog out and only Tommy Moore left, can the boys from the Islands pull it together in one frat-happy, college Republican, sail boat party and show the rest of South Carolina who really represents the Palmetto State?
It might be hard if the other candidate and his people don’t seem too different.
“[Tommy Moore] is a moderate to conservative Democrat,” Republican consultant and Clemson University professor David Woodward told The State.
So what if…The Democrat wears Polo?

12:47 AM


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