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Mick Mulvaney For U.S. Senate

FISCAL CONSERVATIVE STALWART BEST CHOICE TO FILL JIM DEMINT’S SEAT The more we think about who should replace U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in Washington, D.C., the more convinced we’ve become that the best person for the job is U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney. Obviously Mulvaney isn’t the only solid pick out…

FISCAL CONSERVATIVE STALWART BEST CHOICE TO FILL JIM DEMINT’S SEAT

The more we think about who should replace U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in Washington, D.C., the more convinced we’ve become that the best person for the job is U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

Obviously Mulvaney isn’t the only solid pick out there – U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan or State Treasurer Curtis Loftis would also be great – but Mulvaney gets our nod because we believe he best embodies DeMint’s unimpeachable pro-free market, pro-liberty credentials as well as DeMint’s willingness to buck the leadership in his own party.

Seriously … it’s not enough to vote the right way anymore.  In addition to that, we need leaders who are willing to call out fiscal liberals in both parties.  Like DeMint has done.

Mulvaney will do that – and then some.  And trust us … given the direction in which the GOP leadership is moving, we need fiscal hard liners like him in positions of power now more than ever.

In addition to being an heir to DeMint ideologically and politically, Mulvaney is battle tested.  After surviving a brutal State Senate race four years ago, he withstood a ferocious barrage of negative campaigning to defeat 28-year incumbent (and powerful House Budget Chairman) John Spratt by a whopping 10-point margin in 2010.

He’s accomplishing these feats in one of the Democratic Party’s few South Carolina strongholds, too.  In fact just last month this unapologetic free market backer won reelection to this longtime Democratic seat by a 15-point margin.

Talk about a fiscal conservative who knows how to take his case to voters in both parties …

The knock on Mulvaney?

“He’s an asshole,” one Washington insider put it bluntly.

Hmmmm … and that’s supposed to be a bad thing?

We’ve hung out with Mulvaney on several occasions and have never gotten that vibe from him.  He’s incredibly direct and has a low tolerance for bullshit, that’s for sure – but be honest: Isn’t that kind of personality exactly what the current situation calls for?  Do we really want another glad-handing fiscal liberal when want the current debate desperately needs is someone willing to dispense with the pleasantries and get down to the business of staking out a more fiscally responsible path forward for our nation?

Exactly … which leads us to our real reason for endorsing Mulvaney: He is charting precisely such a path on a daily basis in Washington.

As a member of the Republican Study Committee, Mulvaney helped craft an alternative budget that included hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts.  He’s also taken the politically courageous position of supporting a freeze in military spending – while (along with Duncan) opposing pork barrel corporate cronyism in his home state.

These are precisely the kind of positions that lawmakers must take if we are ever going to truly resolve our nation’s spending problem.

Talk is cheap in politics – as are labels.  And let’s be honest: Politicians have self-labeled themselves to the point where words like “Republican,” “conservative” and “Tea Partier” lack any real meaning.

That’s why S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley needs to use her appointment power and replace one “genuine article” with another.  And of the small handful of “genuine articles” in South Carolina who fit the bill, Mick Mulvaney is at the top of that list.

Haley has been nothing short of a disaster on fiscal issues (and most other issues) since taking over as governor.  She’s sold our state’s competitive interests down the river, totally botched her cabinet and supported massive spending increases at the state level.

Appointing Mick Mulvaney to the U.S. Senate won’t undo all of the damage she’s done, but it would be a solid step in the right direction.

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43 comments

ex-neighbor December 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

Nikki will only appoint someone corrupt. Crooks don’t hire honest people.

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Guero December 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

He’s not just an asshole, as you have noted for your buddy,Kirkman the WelfareQueen, but he’s aggressively stupid.

I know it works for the Repugnants but it sucks for the rest of us.

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Say What? December 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

One of the worse choices out there!

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TheCoast December 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

And, he looks like Elroy Jetson.

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Zobro December 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Dumb a-hole or not, if he gets promoted, that seat goes Demospratt in 13 seconds.

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Jan December 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

” In fact just last month this unapologetic free market backer won reelection to this longtime Democratic seat by a 15-point margin”

What are you talking about? The results were Mulvaney 55.5%, Joyce Knott 44.4%. Further even though Ms. Knott, was a political unknown, had no political background, no name recognition, no organization, no money, and ran no ads Mulvaney still only managed to win just over half the vote. Mulvaney would be a horrible choice.

There is no evidence Mulvaney received any support from Democrats in his district, which pretty much makes your statement he knows how to take the case to both parties, well, untrue.

He would only serve to create more gridlock in Washington.

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Jan December 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

In fact, Mulvaney won the fewest votes of any SC House candidate except Tom Rice. Again with no organized competition.

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Thomas December 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

gee Jan, with the Democrats in the Senate not allowing amendments to bills, never mind not allowing House bills the last few years on the Senate floor, and Schumer now for the nuclear option after he was against it, Democrats own the gridlock. Another vacuous perturbed utterance from a bitter partisan far left Democrat dung beetle.

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The Colonel December 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

5th congressional district precincts average 42-45% straight party Democrat voting.
Ms. Knotts got 44% – I think you can handle the math from there.

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Jan December 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Precisely my point. Mulvaney did not win his seat by 15 points that was a fabrication, and there is no evidence he has any ability to reach across party lines. Which makes the statement he knows how to take the message to both parties also a fabrication.

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Jan December 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Gee Thomas, given the number of filibusters the Republicans have engaged in since Obama was first elected and their stated position their number one goal was to make him a one term president, I think the public knows which party has been responsible for gridlock, and why.

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Ohmaar December 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

Damn! Y’all talk about gridlock like its a BAD thing!

Every day the government is stuck in gridlock is another day they’re not adding another trillion dollars to the deficit.

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johnb December 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I like him.

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Lance Riprock December 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Has he ever had a job other than politics? What was it?

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The Colonel December 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Family’s Law firm and real estate development group – Spratt and Ms. Knott, “the unknown democrat” tried unsuccessfully to slime him with one of his family’s real estate deals that collapsed. He also owned a Salsarita’s franchise.

The Libs touting Ms. Knott’s apparent “success” at the polls neglect to mention that she got most of her votes via straight party ticket voting averaging about 42-45% in each of the SC 5th Congressional District precincts.

Ahhhhh, the informed electorate…

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Jan December 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

What libs were touting Ms. Knott’s success at the polls. I was pointing out Mr. Mulvaney’s lack of success when faced with an opponent with no name recognition, no money and no ads.

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Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man! December 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

In the Colonels world

The only informed electorate?

That which votes straight Republican!

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The Colonel December 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I was referring to the dumbasses making idiotic assertions about the unknown candidate getting 44% – like you Joe

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Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man! December 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I never made any such statement Colonel

Ah leaping to conclusions without knowing the facts

Guess that’s why they mustered you on out eh?

Never would have made it as a General!

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Thomas December 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Smart as a whip, full scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill Law School.

My choice, US Senator Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)

good man

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Lance Riprock December 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

So why is he not a member of the SC Bar? He’s not listed in their directory. So much for The Colonel’s post about “Family’s Law firm”. Did he ever take the SC bar exam?

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The Colonel December 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

North Carolina Bar.

Mulvaney attended Georgetown University where he majored in International Economics, Commerce and Finance. At Georgetown, he was an Honors Scholar, the highest level of academic achievement awarded to members of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and ultimately graduated with honors in 1989. Mulvaney attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a full scholarship to attend law school, where his focus was on anti-trust law. He graduated with his law degree in 1992.[3]

From 1992 to 1997, Mulvaney practiced law with the firm James, McElroy & Diehl. Mulvaney joined his family’s homebuilding and real estate business. He participated in the Owners and Presidents Management Program at Harvard Business School

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The Colonel December 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

He’s currently listed as “inactive” but he did pass the bar in 1992. Not at all unusual for a Congressman to go inactive while in office. Next issue…

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Lance Riprock December 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Sounds like he’s a stinking Tar Heel to me. Never had a job in SC, huh? What’s he doing representing this state? Is he a licensed contractor or real estate broker? Only practiced law for five years? Four years of college plus three years of law school and he was a lawyer for five years at most. Sounds like his family has been taking care of this fortunate one. Any military service? He should be about the right age to have seen a little bit of combat if he had a hair on his ass.

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The Colonel December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Lance,
Thomas Jefferson had “no military service ” should he have been disqualified?

Both “Andrews “, Johnson and Jackson were tarheels as well as lawyers and Soldiers – only Jackson was worth a damn and he barely practiced any law andhad no formal legal training.

My point is that no one thing makes you a great leader or politician (if there is such a thing) . Less than 1% of the US public will ever wear a uniform. Mulvaney got elected after working in the family business for 5 years.

Mulvaney’s worth ? $6,000,000 or so much of which he earned himself.

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Ken E. December 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

He moved to SC because he knew his electoral prospects were much better across the border than in Charlotte. Also, much lower taxes.

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Ohmaar December 12, 2012 at 8:59 am

Democrats: strain at a gnat but swallow a camel.

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Thomas December 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Please, leave me out of your mental meanderings.

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jimlewis,owb December 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Did a little web surfing and came across this site:

ilboondoggle.blogspot.com

It would appear that Cockroach Mick is a die hard Conservative when it comes to His money and a double dealing, back stabbing, cork screwing fucking little Liberal bastard when it comes to other people’s money.

Fuck him and the horse he rode in on

Would rather see Ex Senator Fatback going off to Washington

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Thomas December 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I did some looking too, found this site that will answer your questions and concerns.

counseling-office.com/surveys/test_psychopathy.phtml

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Reality Check December 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

He isn’t going to be chosen.

I mean even you Right Wing NUTS should know that the LAST person Nikki Haley is going to choose is someone Fits has endorsed!

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billybob December 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Mick would be a good choice, but my 2 cents says Duncan would be better (while we’re day dreaming here…). A little more solid voting record…smart…covers ALL the conservative bases…and not afraid to challenge the status quo. Also, probably comes across better and has the personality that might help bring others along….

But again, we’re day-dreaming here. If I had to bet right now, i’d say it goes to McMaster. Shame.

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hum_dinger December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

“has a low tolerance for bullshit”

Wrong.

He has a high tolerance for people shit.
And infectious hospital shit.
And industrial toxic shit.

He supports your food grown in people shit/infectious hospital shit/toxic industrial shit.

No joke.

Ask him why he’s opposed to HR254 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr254)

Will – b4 u endorce, make sure you really understand his position on feeding shit to the american people.

He’s all in on this one.

http://vimeo.com/24854061

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHsIjMPP2M8

Tested at 3 different town halls, and never 1x waivered on his position.

This snake is a cut above the rest.

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The Colonel December 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

“Tested at 3 different town halls, and never 1x waivered on his position”.

I’d say telling a consistent truth is a plus.

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Ohmaar December 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

Because Mick’s constituents are smart enough to know they shouldn’t buy meat from stores ending in “Mart.”

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Ken E. December 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

Do you live here, Ohmaar? I do, and I can tell you that it is not true.

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CNSYD December 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

He doesn’t meet the height limit for the Senate.

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Astonished December 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

And thus, he could never “ride the rides” of the Washington elites!!!

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buddy December 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

‘I’ll do it,’ if asked” this is the same as saying PLEEEEEZ.

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Notme December 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

His race was closer than expected becasue he did not put much into the race becasue he did not have a race. No TV ads, no mailers etc.

Like him or not he is most like Demint. Duncan would be a solid conservative pick as well, but he does not have the grasp of the budget.

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ohnonotagain December 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Want a guy who will talk your talk, Mick’s it.
Want a guy who will get something done, Mick ain’t it.

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Old Bike Dude December 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

He was great in Waterboy. That beer holding cap was hilarious.

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Sara Thompson December 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

Mick needs to thank Ralph Norman for that congressional seat. Ralph did all the dirty work for a republican to gain that spot. He just ran at a bad time and then Mick waltzed in. Don’t get me wrong, mick is doing an okay job yet lets all agree he has no likability factor. Let Mick sit in his congressional seat and let’s put a businessman in the senate….. Ralph Norman would get the job done!!

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