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There’s quite a bit of chatter in the South Carolina Upstate these days over a television advertisement produced by our founding editor’s Liber-TEA group.

The Liber-TEA spot – which has been blanketing the airwaves – informs Upstate residents of the bad spending habits of S.C. Sen. Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens), a leading fiscal liberal at the S.C. State House.  It also urges them to take a look at Rex Rice, a former S.C. House member who is running against Martin as a petition candidate.

For the first time on the internet, here’s the spot …

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(Editor’s note: To view the spot, simply click on the image above – then click the “play” button at the botton of the pop-up screen).

Not bad, eh?

Now … it’s been pointed out to us more than a few times already that this website hasn’t always been so supportive of Rex Rice.  That’s true … in fact we criticized him vociferously a few years back when he supported a cigarette tax hike (a levy Martin also voted for) and we backed his opponent Jeff Duncan in a congressional race in 2010.

So why are we supporting him now?

That’s easy: Because Rice is an infinitely better choice than the 30-year-incumbent he’s running against.  Martin has one of the worst fiscal records of any member of either chamber of the S.C. General Assembly – having cast critical votes in favor of record-setting government spending (and against taxpayer rebates) over the last few years.

Rice has assured us he’ll vote for the rebate fund … and we trust he’ll follow through on that promise.  Besides if he wins election and doesn’t follow through, we’ll run ads against him in four years.

Speaking of ads … Liber-TEA is looking to take the fight to other fiscal liberals in the S.C. State House but we’ll need your help to do that.  If you want to contribute to our efforts, you can stroke a check right now to Liber-TEA and mail it to the following address: P.O. Box 5230, Columbia S.C. 29250.

We believe that every “Republican in Name Only” in the S.C. General Assembly should feel the same sort of heat we’re applying to Martin … and we stand ready to continue applying it.