larry grooms


S.C. State Senator Larry Grooms will seek the U.S. House seat vacated this week by Tim Scott – South Carolina’s newest United States Senator.

Grooms (R-Berkeley) is one of the few Republican members of the South Carolina Senate who has consistently voted in defense of freedom and free markets. He’s also been the most aggressive proponent of market-based education reforms in the entire S.C. General Assembly – not to mention a leading critic of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s “Savannah River Sellout.”

We’ve had occasional quibbles with him in the past – differing substantially in our view of the ideal mode of governance for the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA), for example – but on the whole Grooms has given us very little to complain about.  In a chamber littered with “Republicans in Name Only,” Grooms has been one of a half-dozen or so Senators willing to stand and be counted for taxpayers.  Every bit as important, he’s been willing to openly criticize his fellow “Republicans” when they act in a manner inconsistent with their stated ideology.

That last point is especially critical given the wholesale GOP betrayal of the “lower taxes, less government” mantra we’re seeing in Washington, D.C. lately.

Obviously we’re going to wait to see who files for this seat (and what specific policy positions they outline) before offering any sort of endorsement, but based on his record in the State Senate Grooms strikes us as the kind of guy who would vote alongside the likes of U.S. Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan in defense of liberty and in defense of taxpayers.

He also strikes us as the kind of guy who will continue to call out “Republicans” when they stray from their stated principles … as they seem to be doing with increasing frequency of late.