This website has made its contempt for the “Myrtle Beach Mafia” (and the tax hikes and taxpayer-funded boondoggles it champions) expressly clear. It’s not government’s job to promote tourism, people …

In early 2010 we led the charge in exposing the “Coastal Kickback” – a shameless pay-to-play scam that’s currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice –  and we were every bit as aggressive last year in exposing the taxpayer-funded scams associated with the Interstate 73 boondoggle.

In both cases, the mainstream media has caught on – if not come around to our way of thinking (although we’ve still got some work to do on the I-73 front). Anyway, recognizing that their organization has been getting its ass kicked in the marketplace of ideas, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce – a.k.a. the nexus of all that’s corrupt on South Carolina’s Grand Strand – has decided to elevate the political profile of one of its smartest, most attractive assets.

Her name?

Nora Hembree … well it’s actually Nora Hembree Battle (she just got married).

The daughter of popular coastal solicitor (and S.C. Senate candidate) Greg Hembree, Nora appeared earlier this week on Pub Politics – a Columbia, S.C.-based internet radio show.

(Click here to view the clip).

How’d she do? Well, when hosts Wesley Donehue and Phil Bailey let her get a word in edgewise, she acquitted herself extremely well … in fact, our founding editor was so impressed that he has offered Hembree a chance to make the Chamber’s case for Interstate 73 here on FITS.

Will she take us up on that offer?

We’ll soon find out …

In the meantime, we glad to (finally) have a worthwhile adversary in this particular scrape … err, “Battle.”