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IS WEATHER DELAY BEING USED AS DELAYING TACTIC IN JUDICIAL RACE?

Embattled S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell – already facing a grand jury investigation into his multiple abuses of power – is now being accused of manipulating his chamber’s schedule to support his favored candidate in the state’s top judicial race.

Harrell called off this week’s legislative session in Columbia, S.C. due to the threat of winter weather headed for the Palmetto State.

That decision prompted S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) to call Harrell out … accusing him of using the storm as an excuse to buy time for his crony S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal, who is locked in a furious battle with associate justice Costa Pleicones.

Lawmakers elect judges in South Carolina, an infinitely corrupt arrangement that is rearing its ugly head in this race … and then some.

According to Rutherford, Toal is losing the race … and Harrell’s cancellation of session gives him an extra week to work the phones on Toal’s behalf.

“I remember in 1998 being in the State House when there was a tornado on the front lawn and we didn’t blink an eye,” Rutherford told The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper. “Who cancels session because of snow the day before we are actually supposed to come?”

Harrell’s spokesman says the Speaker’s decision has nothing to do with politics.

If that’s true, there’s a first time for everything we suppose …

As noted previously, we don’t especially care who wins this race

Who does? J. Christian Adams, a former attorney in the S.C. Secretary of State’s office who now writes the Rule of Law blog for PJ Media.

“It’s time for South Carolina Chief Justice Toal to at last retire and let air breathe into the South Carolina judiciary,” Adams writes, reciting a litany of Toal’s abuses of power.

At one point he compares her to former Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long, one of the most corrupt liberal politicians in American history.

“Whether the GOP in South Carolina will endorse more of the same is the question before the legislature,” Adams adds. “One thing is for sure – it’s time for Jean Toal’s long career, first as a Democrat in the Legislature, then as a Supreme Court Justice, to end in retirement.”

Pic: Travis Bell Photography