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FITSNews – February 4, 2008 – South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, long thought to be a leading candidate for governor in 2010, has decided instead to seek a third term as the state’s top lawyer, sources tell FITSNews.

Meanwhile the consulting firm of Richard Quinn & Associates (who currently serve as McMaster’s political advisors) will reportedly manage the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, who has ingratiated himself over at the “Quinndom” in recent months by fawning over Arizona Sen. John McCain every chance he gets.

The last “Quinn candidate” for governor, former Attorney General Charlie Condon, finished third in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary with 16% of the vote.

Harrell and the Quinns will certainly have their work cut out for them in 2010. Although the House Speaker is well-known inside the “Echo Chamber” of lawmakers, lobbyists and politicos, his statewide name ID is virtually non-existent. And like it or not, he’s the man most often associated with the astronomical state spending increases of the last three years.

Frankly, we’d be all about endorsing Harrell for governor – assuming he were running in a Democratic primary, anyway. As it is, though, Harrell’s “Republican” record is more than a few bricks short of a full Reagan.

UPDATE – The response to this post was fast and furious from the Quinndom, as longtime McMaster confidant and Quinn lieutenant Trey Walker succinctly replied on behalf of his firm, “BULLSH*T” (in all capital letters, no less). We’re endeavoring to find out whether that comment applies to the entirety of the post (i.e. a blanket “bullsh*t”) or just certain portions of it.