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INTRODUCTIONS ARE ABOUT TO BE MADE … 

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s newly minted GOP primary opponent is wasting little time ramping up his campaign …

Tom Ervin – the Upstate, S.C. attorney and business owner who shocked the Palmetto political world by announcing his candidacy last week – will reportedly begin pouring some of his abundant personal financial wealth into the race as soon as this week.

Sources familiar with the candidate’s thinking tell FITS he plans on recording a “robo-call” to a targeted list of GOP primary voters introducing himself and telling them a little bit about why he’s running.

Other “flag-planting” efforts would soon follow.

Ervin is a mystery to us – coming out of nowhere (with a sizable checkbook) to challenge an incumbent who seemed (seems?) a lock to win herself a second term (despite the chronic incompetence and rank hypocrisy emanating from her administration).

According to his online biography, Ervin is a former two-term member of the S.C. House of Representatives (from Anderson County) as well as a former circuit court judge and S.C. workers’ compensation commissioner. He’s currently an attorney with Kathryn Williams, P.A. – a Greenville, S.C.-based firm run by his wife.

Ervin is also the owner of Ervin Broadcasting, which owns three radio stations based in Anderson, S.C.

What will come of this challenge?

Who knows …

Haley backers tell FITS Ervin is a “hard core liberal” masquerading as a Republican … which if true would make him, well, no different than Haley. Seriously – on taxesspendingeducation and (most notably) government-subsidized health care – Haley has governed like a Democrat.

In other words Ervin won’t have to go very far to find room on her right flank …