I started this blog as a way of putting my thoughts down, venting, jumping in on public discourse, a hobby in my retirement, recreation and intellectual calisthenics. It’s served those purposes and more. I’ve been fortunate to meet and/or correspond with some fascinating people and contribute – lightly – to discussion on important issues facing the country and my home state of South Carolina.
I don’t pretend to have any influence, nor do I consider myself a journalist or “player.” I would like to be thought of as a pundit one day, though… that would be kinda cool. So, with that qualification laid, it would be far too presumptuous of me to call this post an “endorsement.” Only important people give endorsements.
So, why am I posting a list? Because it’s MY stinking blog!
To me, the people running for office this year that are South Carolina’s best chance for reform and moving the state to economic prosperity, good schools, jobs and tax equity while, at the same time, combatting federal intervention, appear below.
This list isn’t intended to persuade anyone nor do I mean to denigrate other candidates (well, maybe some, but that’s for other posts). And, YES, this slate is completely Republican. There is reason for that.
Given the state of the national Democratic Party since – at least – Jimmy Carter, I don’t believe that particular political tribe has set the best interests of this country as its guide or the wishes of the American people as its conscious. There has been an even greater distancing and disrespect since the elections of 2006 and the ascent of Barack Obama in 2008. For someone to willfully associate themselves with the Democratic Party today indicates either a subscription to the party’s obscene trends, or an outdated and unwise loyalty to some personal tradition.
So, this is my “list.” For the curious, I’m posting Congressional candidate Jeff Duncan among the state-wide office seekers because (1) it’s my home district and (2) I’ve been able to do more research on the candidates for that seat because it’s my home district. I have “preferences in other races, but these are the ones I’ve had the opportunity to study and discuss with other folks.
Governor: State Representative Nikki Haley
Lt. Governor: Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor
State Treasurer: West Columbia businessman Curtis Loftis
State Comptroller: Comptroller Richard Eckstrom
State Superintendent of Education: Dutch Fork High School teacher Kelly Payne
Congress/Third District: State Representative Jeff Duncan
Whomever you prefer in this extremely important election year, please vote. Vote in the primary and whatever runoff(s) are mandated and vote in the November election. But, PLEASE, vote.
And feel free to take this list with you into the voting booth.
If asked, just tell the poll watchers a pundit said it would be OK.