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Henry McMaster: The “Caretaker?”

DON’T LAUGH … HE’S AN OPTION S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is seriously considering appointing former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster to the U.S. Senate as a “caretaker” for the seat over the next two years, sources tell FITS. Haley has until January to appoint an interim replacement for U.S. Sen….

DON’T LAUGH … HE’S AN OPTION

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is seriously considering appointing former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster to the U.S. Senate as a “caretaker” for the seat over the next two years, sources tell FITS.

Haley has until January to appoint an interim replacement for U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint – who is resigning his seat to take over as the leader of the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank.  A special election to fill the remainder of DeMint’s term will be held in 2014, while the seat is up for grabs in 2016 for a full six-year term.

In addition to considering herself and U.S. Rep. Tim Scott for the post, Haley’s office is reportedly “floating idea of Henry McMaster as a caretaker appointee,” one of our sources says.  Under such an arrangement, McMaster – the quintessential establishment Republican – would agree to serve only until the voters of South Carolina elected a new Senator in a special election in 2014.

“As you know, (appointing McMaster) would be antithetical to what DeMint has stood for in taking on the establishment,” the source said.

That’s true …

After serving eight years as S.C. Attorney General, McMaster was hired as a fundraiser for the University of South Carolina law school last year.  The thick-drawled “Republican” finished third in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary behind Haley and U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett –  later endorsing Haley’s bid.

Widely regarded for his intellectual incuriosity, McMaster is also known for his membership at the same “whites only” country club that dragged down former SCGOP chairman Katon Dawson’s bid to lead the national “Republican” party.

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16 comments

Robert December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

He is a nut and some of his family are downright crazy.

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scprogressive December 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Can you be more specific? Why is he a nut, and who in his family are crazy?

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darbyhamptonpringlegare December 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I proud of DeMint…Repubs have no power in the Senate and won’t for several years… good for him! He will leverage a lot more power now and his wings won’t be clipped by the so-called Republican “leadership” anymore….Maybe the Heritage Foundation will be as effective as MoveON.org was for the Democrats…

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Johnson December 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Ain’t gonna happen.

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BS December 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

This had better be a false rumor started by the Governor’s opponents.

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ricky loftin December 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Can you say payback! Henry is the man and will be looked after by Nikki!!!!!! Needs someone to pave the way to Washington!!!!

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Smirks December 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Good ol’ Slumlord Millionaire himself? Wonderful.

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jimlewis,owb December 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

“Widely regarded for his intellectual incuriosity”

How about:

Henry Pinocchio goes to Washington in search of a brain

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THE DAWG December 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

VICTORY! VICTORY! VICTORY!.
Jim DeMint and and the Pee Party’s non-knowledge of the concepts & construction of the Constitution and their corruption of the conservative cause is the moral equivalent of the race-baiting of an earier era. It is time for Demint to join the dung pile with Coleman Blease and “Cotton Ed” Smith.

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FreeBird December 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

It’s a great day in SC.

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The Chief December 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Funny nobody mentioning Joe Wilson. Hey Joe–you SUCK and now you should know that lame brains and kooks being considered and you’re not even in anybody’s discussion. You should resign!

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Patko December 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

I say boy, I say …

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David Massey December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

Henry McMaster was an excellent Attorney General. He is a fiscal conservative who understands government is a moving river rather than a stagnant pond with one issue.

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Tom December 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

What a good idea-he could not win before- Henry DEPA – Dumb Egotistical Pompus Ass – McMaster. DeMint would be ashamed if DEPA is appointed by Her Majesty.

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Godslayer December 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

McMaster is perfect for the senate because he has experience wasting taxpayer money. He wasted so much taxpayer money fighting Craigslist and strip club billboards that he should be a shoo-in.

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SC Regressive December 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Nikki Haley about Mr. McMaster
http://freedomslighthouse.net/tag/henry-mcmaster/

Nikki Prophecy to the People.

“He has been a great AG for us for eight years, he has never waivered, he has always stood for the people and I think he will continue to do that in South Carolina…”

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