SCANDAL-SCARRED LEGISLATIVE LEADER GETS A KEY (AND UNDESERVED) NOD
Embattled S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell has rolled out a new television commercial as he faces a petition challenger for his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives.
Does this mean Harrell is scared? No. It means he’s looking to run up his margin of victory in an effort to silence his critics (some of whom it turns out are not that hard to silence).
Entitled “Keep Harrell,” the thirty-second spot features several testimonials – including a surprise appearance from fiscal conservative U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
Wait … WHAT?
“He’s a small business owner,” Scott says of Harrell. “He understands the bottom line AND protecting taxpayers. I know Bobby Harrell. He has integrity and we need to keep Bobby Harrell working for us in the House.”
Take a look …
(Click to play)
Hold up … Bobby Harrell understands “protecting taxpayers?”
Over the last decade (first as House Ways and Means chairman and later as Speaker), Harrell has presided over an explosion of government growth in South Carolina – including a dramatic ramp-up in failed government-funded “economic development” at our state’s colleges and universities.
The result of all that excess spending? A “Lost Decade” that our state may never recover from.
Scott is also flat out lying when he says Harrell “has integrity.” Not only did Harrell recently get busted padding his pockets with campaign cash via a duplicitous reimbursement scheme, but he has threatened and intimidated his way out of trouble – secure in the knowledge that no one in a leadership position in this state is going to call him out.
In fact not only are they refusing to call him out … Scott is now kissing his ass.
This is embarrassing. And profoundly disappointing.
This website endorsed Scott for the U.S. Congress and for the most part he’s been a decent pro-taxpayer vote. Unfortunately he’s been wrong more than right lately – and more than most politicians he seems to have an insatiable desire to be liked by “Republican” leaders at the state and federal level.
That’s not going to hurt Scott in this election cycle, but he is gradually destroying his brand by siding with establishment politicians like Harrell over the taxpayers.
Scott told FITS that Harrell has been a longtime “mentor” and supporter of his – and that he is confident that Harrell’s reimbursements were legitimate.
Apparently he hasn’t heard about the $23,000 that Harrell repaid his campaign account (an admission of guilt) or the lingering questions pertaining to the stated value of his reimbursements.
More importantly, how does Scott explain his contention that Harrell “protects taxpayers?”
We asked him that … but received no answer.
“a dramatic ramp-up in failed government-funded “economic development” at our state’s colleges and universities.”
Sic Willie has ignored my asking him to explain how CU-ICAR has “failed” but of course he won’t answer as he knows it hasn’t.
Hate to say it, but there were indications of Scott’s leanings way before this….
I suppose when one gets sucker punched enough that you stop putting yourself in a position to be punched….
Kind like Lucy with the football type of deal.
edit: “of like”
For years, I looked at this kind of behavior as something to be expected from the Democrats. Now it seems to have thoroughly infested and permeated the Republican Party. While always having been in independent voter, who voted for people of all parties or no party, I usually wound up voting Republican for most offices, most of the time. They at one time most closely represented my interests (or so I once thought) and had the best chance of winning a given election. NO MORE. This year, I will not be voting for one single Republican.
As with the drug dealer and the dirty cop, I hold the drug dealer in higher esteem than a cop who is on the take, because the drug dealer is just doing what he does. The dirty cop on the take, is going against all he is supposed to be and stand for. Likewise, I find ever Republican running in a race which I can cast a vote in this year, to be like the dirty cop who takes bribes.
Why do people vote for the candidate they think “had the best chance of winning a given election?” I certainly understand why one might give money to the one they thought had the best chance, so of course understand why you’d vote for the one you gave money to, but absent that why does whether or not the candidate is likely to win enter into the decision? It’s not like betting on a football game.
I’ve long felt that sentiment existed in SC. I just don’t understand it.
Tim Scott is just another Republican but the tea party will keep him in power as long as he wants. Ex-import bank, NDAA, no problem with the patriot act, ex-import bank, and on top of that hes an evangelical. He will lose his fiscal conservative card as soon as Republicans retake the white house and the Senate. Then we will see just how fiscally responsible all these cookie cutter republicans are (gulp).
There is nothing the GOP values more than a token minority…the GOP gets to say, “look at us, we aren’t racist”.
Both sides know it, understand it and play each other for all they can get out of their deals made in hell.
So ya vote libertarian Keith Blandford instead of Tim Scott if you want a real representative in D.C.
A D-Bag of the highest order.
What damn alternative universe do you live in Fits?
Tim Scott endorsed Bobby Harrell
What in the HELL did you think he was going to do?
I’m surprised to see Scott jump into the same fox hole with Harrell. I thought Scott had real character and was a new, unique figure on the political landscape. But when push has come to shove, Scott, like the P&C, has caved in. No spine. No nerve. No character.
Thanks for the video. It speaks a thousand words.
No need to sugar coat it. Scott ran for Congress for the money. Plain and simple.
Scott is a total fool to say those things about Harrell. As sure as the sun rises every morning, this is going to come back and haunt Scott.
Harrell is, in fact, going to be put under a microscope by the feds. Its coming soon. The pressure for an FBI investigaion has been building for these past weeks.
Everyone of these fools in this video supporting Harrell are going to get egg all over their face.
FBI looking into Scoots endorsement. John Rainy has the briefing book.
Scott….not scoot. Damn phone
SC politics…might as well laugh it off…
Dear Mrs. Bobby Harrell……..
Good day, hope things are going well. According to the book “The Art of Bobby Harrell WAR”, we find that certain tenants are being upheld in this TV spot. We just wonder if you understand WHAT they are.? As I sat in service this past Sunday at Sea Coast Church and listened to Pastor Gregg Surratt deliver a great message; certain points he made in accordance with the Holy Word rang true. As Pastor Gregg spoke, I kept having flash backs to the time that US Rep Tim Scott spoke from the pulpit and thought to myself how certain words I have used in the past might be misconstrued, to only have a certain inkling to how Tim Scott and Bobby Harrell and Lin Bennett would all work together in the run-up to this “election” to save their political skins. One only has to look at today’s Post and Courier to see what that editorial staff considers news for our fellow South Carolina citizens.
Mrs Harrell, just take a look……
Is it not a wonder why concerned citizens find Mr Wil Folks take on issues interesting? Okay….your husband lost some receipts…So WHAT..! Who is that anal to keep all of their receipts anyway. You know what is more concerning to all voters!? The outright FACT that we are all SLAVES to foreign OIL at the pump that our men and women are getting killed for! What choice do you have at the pump Mrs Harrell between foreign OIL and LOCALLY produced Bio-diesel or USA drilled and refined fuel!? We are certain that citizens of faith realize that Moses talked to the pharaoh about SLAVERY for a reason.
On another note, Mrs Harrell, the next time you see Governor Nikki Haley, would you kindly ask her just how much WIND ENERGY was blowing at the PGA tournament on Kiawah that she attended….our SOLDIERS want to know.
Lastly, Mrs Harrell, we appreciate you standing by your man. We would hope that you would give him a friendly pinch for us all. We still know how to use a pencil in the voting booth. If the Red Sea could part, then so could the voting booth curtain too.!
WHAT is Bobby’s vision for South Carolina?
Where does Bobby see our State going investment wise…concerned investors want to know?
Does South Carolina have any LOCAL energy at all….and how are we using it……and does it cost any American LIVES to produce or extract?
How much PLATINUM from Anglo-American mining is imported into South Carolina’s products that are sold here? Does Bobby know that those miners are getting 2 dollars a day and NO benefits. What type of Sea Coast goodwill is that? How would Bobby or Tim or Lin embargo that metal until “goodwill standards” are met!? DO the citizens even know how they need to be concerned.!?
How much Information concerning BANKING, and ENERGY, is linked to Bobby’s Facebook feed timeline.!?
OMG..Please take your meds.
Scott is too whore for me.
scott is going down that long road of self preservation.
it is sickening
Ahhhhh, Timmy, the dickless wonder.