Lowcountry S.C. Senator Larry Grooms – a good fiscal conservative when he’s not “Hunleying it up” with Senate President Glenn McConnell – is considering a run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2010.
“There is a great sense of anxiety — whether you’re Republican or Democrat — that something is really wrong in our country and our state,” Grooms told the Charleston Post and Courier last week. “The evidence of that is the folks showing up to the tea parties.”
That’s true … and for the most part Grooms has voted in a manner that tea party protesters can appreciate.
Obviously, that’s something only a small handful of S.C. Senators can say.
Of course, Grooms’ conservative credentials took a huge hit in the debate over reforming South Carolina’s State Ports Authority, during which he sponsored a tragically ill-conceived piece of legislation that would effectively put the S.C. General Assembly in control over this embattled agency.
In arguing for his bill, Grooms was put in the unenviable position of having to lobby against the private sector and in support of a failed government bureaucracy – all at McConnell’s behest.
Not good ground in a GOP primary, people.
We’ve always liked Grooms – and there is clearly a market for a reform candidate in the current GOP race – but irrespective of his recent commie brain fart we don’t see his testing of the gubernatorial waters encountering much in the way of smooth sailing.
We’ll see, though …