The Horry County Republican Party conducted a straw poll during its “Throw Down Hoe Down” this past weekend. In that poll, Dutch Fork High School teacher Kelly Payne bested five other candidates in a vote of preference for State Superintendent of Education. Unfortunately, the campaign organization for one of those candidates is extraordinarily bitter and has implicitly accused the coastal Republicans of being on the take.
Dr. Mick Zais’ campaign director and renowned smear merchant J.W. Ragley, in a whiney fit for which he is so well-known, “tweeted” the following:
Not only is it in bad form (and sophomoric, crude and unprofessional) to denigrate another candidate’s superior showing in a straw poll, but in doing so, the Zais campaign has impugned the whole of the Horry County Republican Party. I’m sure the Party held a legitimate and honest poll in an attempt to gauge the preferences of its members. But, because Zais didn’t win, the organization is smeared, charged with running a phoney vote and selling out to the highest bidder.
It’s also a pretty bizarre accusation anyway given that Ms. Payne’s war chest is so low and, thanks to a $100,000 loan, Dr. Zais’ is considerably larger. If anyone could afford to “buy straw poll ballots,” it would be Zais.
Hmmmm….. did any of the other candidates for Superintendent make similar accusations?
Shhhhhhh… listen carefully……. Mmmmmm I can’t hear anything.
Nope, just the Zais campaign.
For those who DID vote for Dr. Zais in that straw poll (gratis, I’m sure), this is some administration to look forward to, isn’t it?
Oh…. in a the state GOP “Silver Elephant” straw poll*, Dr. Zais won, but Kelly Payne didn’t accuse him of stacking the deck. Interesting though, that in the span of just about 2 weeks, Zais first won a poll, then, more recently, lost one. Is his campaign tanking?