Unholy Campaigning

Evangelical candidate Richard Cash and his followers are straying in their campaign enthusiasm in the two-week runoff for the Republican nomination for South Carolina’s third district congressional seat.  Cash is in the runoff against State Representative and businessman Jeff Duncan, having picked up only 1,872 more votes than Duncan (out of 82,551 cast) in a six-man primary. 

In that “enthusiasm,” Cash and his supporters are bearing some false witness about Rep. Duncan, calling him a “career politician,” a “lawyer,” and, worst of all, “Senator Larry Martin.”

Duncan is a politician, but hardly what one would call a careerist.  He was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002 which means he’s served only one two-year term more than Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Nikki Haley.  Maybe Cash and his folks consider being a member the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, or board member of the Piedmont Tech Board of Visitors, being a Deacon in his church and other community service groups and organizations as “political.”

He’s no lawyer, either.  According to his website, Duncan is “President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firms which specializes in statewide real estate auctions.”

A poster calling himself “Rob” wrote on the website Conservative American News that “Richard Cash is up against State Senator Martin and the good old boys in SC.”  Most of the article was taken down “at the posters rqst,” but the dishonesty remains.  If ever there was an anti-“good ol’ boy” in the House, it’s Jeff Duncan.  Suggesting he’s a pawn of such an obstructionist to progress as Larry Martin is, well, it’s down right philistine.

Jeff Duncan is a level-headed public servant who has honorably represented his district in the general assembly.  His record and his reputation reflect the kind of congressman he would be for South Carolina.

I’m sure Duncan welcomes fair debate about the issues and scrutiny of his credentials, but to make stuff up, well, that’s just wrong.

And, ya know, when you tell a lie, it makes the angels cry.

/CS/

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15 comments

  1. Thank you for calling out the Cash campaign on all of their lies about Jeff. Jeff is a good friend of mine, and I can testify from experience that Jeff Duncan is anything but a career politician.

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  2. Great article, after all the mudslinging, dirty tricks and shady politics in the governor’s race I’m surprised to read that Cash would head down the same road. I’m voting for Duncan. He has ran a positive campaign from day one.

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  3. I’m supporting Duncan, in fact I just finished a grueling day of putting out 4×8 yard signs all over Anderson county.

    But in all fairness, when you have a large grassroots team there’s always gonna be a few bad apples. This does not reflect badly on Cash personally or on the campaign overall, unless the campaign fails to address the problem and allows it to grow.

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    • Where is this negativity coming from? I haven’t personally heard Cash say bad things about Duncan and I’ve heard him several times. What specifically was said, when and who said it? Also, unfortunately, signs disappear and are vandalized including Richard’s. I’ve worked on 3 campaigns and found that even government workers sometimes pull the signs.

      Please know that Duncan is my second choice, but I am still concerned about his support of
      S 452. Is this not about the Comprehensive Plan? That is not the reason I didn’t vote for him nor will I vote for him June 22. I have found Richard Cash’s candidacy superior to Duncan’s. Some see Duncan’s experience in legislature as helpful in writing bills. My thinking is that “experienced” legislatures is part of the problem. “Less bills, more repeals”. If Duncan wins, I’ll support him. I hope some of you can do the same if Cash wins June 22. We must work together to turn our country around from the socialistic cliff it is headed towards.

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  4. I am a Cash supporter in time and money. Will address these accusations ASAP with the Cash campaign.

    Also, can someone address Duncan’s support of S 452?

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    • Addressing S452: After a 4-year (yes 4-year) period of work on a surface water withdrawal bill, hearings that were held through the Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee chaired by my Senator Danny Verdin, S452 finally passed over to the House this year. As Committee Chairman, I assigned the bill to Pickens County Rep. David Hiott, my Environmental I sub-Committee Chairman to hear the bill. The bill isn’t perfect (no bill ever is perfect) but it had support from the Agriculture community, the business community, the environmental community, the municipal associations and many other groups.

      I voted in favor of the bill in Committee and on the House floor. If we are going to allow businesses which are water users to locate here (which I hope we do!) while also protecting downstream flows, this bill allows for a record of all water users, addresses crisis situations such as major droughts, and continues to protect downstream users. I commend all of the parties who worked so hard and diligently on this legislation over the past years.

      Thanks!

      Jeff Duncan

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  5. I was a Rex Rice guy…however in this run-off, we can not afford to elect Richard Cash. The guy is certifiable and if he is willing to distort the truth while running for office, imagine the lack of character he might have while in office.

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  6. I supported Richard Cash in the primary, but I will be supporting Duncan in the runoff. I’ve been shocked by the number of Duncan signs I’ve seen cut down and gone missing. And I was listening to WORD on Friday when his supporters were calling in and making up lies against Duncan. This is not what we need in a leader! I hope Richard says something publicly, but and I’m a little embarassed that I voted for him the first time.

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  7. Addressing S452: After a 4-year (yes 4-year) period of work on a surface water withdrawal bill, hearings that were held through the Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee chaired by my Senator Danny Verdin, S452 finally passed over to the House this year. As Committee Chairman, I assigned the bill to Pickens County Rep. David Hiott, my Environmental I sub-Committee Chairman to hear the bill. The bill isn’t perfect (no bill ever is perfect) but it had support from the Agriculture community, the business community, the environmental community, the municipal associations and many other groups. I voted in favor of the bill in Committee and on the House floor. If we are going to allow businesses which are water users to locate here (which I hope we do!) while also protecting downstream flows, this bill allows for a record of all water users, addresses crisis situations such as major droughts, and continues to protect downstream users. I commend all of the parties who worked so hard and diligently on this legislation over the past years. Thanks! Jeff Duncan

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  8. I am a Richard Cash supporter from Greenwood and I am unaware of any negative campaigning about Jeff Duncan’s character or his conservative record. Richard Cash has run a grassroots campaign and has received almost 100% of his financial support from the District. He has also taken a “term limits” pledge. He refuses to take “special interests” money form PACs even when he sympathizes with their positions.
    Jeff Duncan has chosen to recieve substantial funding from individuals and groups(one in particular)outside the district. To my knowledge he has not taken a similar “term Limits” pledge. On the surface it appears that Jeff Duncan is more aligned with the career politician mentality. The endorsement of Larry Martin, a long standing State Senator from Pickens County, affirms my view.

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    • Cliff, Jeff has NOT been endorsed by Larry Martin…so there we go again. Sending out the lies!!

      Also, Jeff actually has a tougher term limit plan than Richard! Jeff support’s 6 year term limits for the house, and has said so publicly. Richard supports 10 year term limits.

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  9. Richard has taken a personal “term limits pledge” of ten years. He has publicly stated he would support legislation of a shorter time limit.
    I am unaware of any similar pledge by Jeff Duncan. Supporting legislation and taking an individual pledge are not exactly the same position.

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  10. At the last Powdersville Tea Party meeting Jeff Duncan had to leave early after he spoke to everyone. When Richard Cash was allowed to speak he took the time to tell everyone that he respected Jeff Duncan and that he would have supported him if he were not running himself.

    What sold me on Richard Cash over Jeff Duncan is the matter of term limits and PAC money. In the first two debates Jeff Duncan said he would vote for term limits, but would not voluntarily limit himself within our current system. Richard Cash pointed out that the only way we are going to get term limits is if we elect people who are already willing to live by term limits. The need for campaign money affects what a candidate must do to survive through a primary and fall election. The question of who speaks louder, the PAC or the constituents, comes to mind. I will be voting for Richard Cash, but no matter who wins the run-off we will have a good man representing the Third District.

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  11. I am 100% behind Jeff Duncan. There are problems with Richard Cash’s term limit pledge and not taking PAC money. Self imposing term limits, while noble, is a bad idea. I fully behind term limits, but only institutional ones. Unless all of congress is being termed, then leadership positions in the house will still be given to congressmen based on seniority rather than on merit. And if all of South Carolina’s representation terms themselves, then we will never gain any leadership positions and it will be South Carolina that is hurt the most from this in the end. Term limits is not just the right answer to a lot of problems in our government right now, it is the popular answer. Richard Cash’s answer is more popular, but Jeff Duncan’s answer is more correct and shows more thought and understanding.
    The problem with the PAC money argument is that just because someone takes PAC money does not mean that they owe anything to them more than they do the average voter. I believe that Jeff Duncan is a man of such character that he will not be swayed by their dollars. A good side effect of taking PAC money is knowing which PAC’s support which candidate. If the NRA (which is technically a PAC) endorses a candidate then you know that candidate is pro 2nd amendment enough to gain their support and most likely more pro 2nd amendment than the other candidates. If a pro-choice PAC endorses a candidate then you can infer that that candidate is pro-choice or at least more pro-choice than the other candidates. Looking at which PAC’s have endorsed and/or donated to a candidate then it is easier to see their political leanings. A candidate can say anything they want when they run for office, and most people will never do the digging to see if they are legitimate in their claims, but PAC’s will and do.
    That is my two cents worth on this race. On June 22nd I plan to cast my vote for Jeff Duncan and hope that many of you do as well.

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