We were overjoyed that one of the state’s most fiscally-conservative state lawmakers handily defeated a top ally of Barack Obama in South Carolina’s fifth congressional district race, but U.S. Rep.-elect Mick Mulvaney’s vanquishing of fifteen-term incumbent John Spratt isn’t without its unfortunate consequences.
Most notably, the S.C. Senate has been deprived of one of its fiscal champions – a loss that gives the status quo RINOcracy (Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman, Senate President Glenn McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler) a chance to replace a solid pro-taxpayer vote with one of their special interest, tax-and-spend stooges.
With filing for a special election to fill Mulvaney’s seat set to open on New Year’s Eve, several names are beginning to be dropped as prospective candidates.
In fact, there’s an interesting post over on The Blogland of Earl Capps (yes, that Earl Capps) that mentions several of those names – including Lancaster pharmacist Hugh Mobley, Fort Mill accountant Keith Brann, Lancaster school board member Brian Carnes and former York County Councilman Paul Lindemann (yes, that Paul Lindemann).
On the Democratic side, we would be surprised if the lovely Mandy Powers-Norrell didn’t give it another go …
Needless to say we’ll be following this race very closely in an effort to determine which (if any) of these candidates emerge as suitable heirs to the uncompromising pro-taxpayer legacy of Mick Mulvaney.
In the fight to build a fiscally conservative majority in the S.C. Senate, we simply cannot afford to lose ground …