SC-1: Larry Grooms Is In

STATE SENATOR WILL SEEK FIRST DISTRICT SEAT S.C. State Senator Larry Grooms will seek the U.S. House seat vacated this week by Tim Scott – South Carolina’s newest United States Senator. Grooms (R-Berkeley) is one of the few Republican members of the South Carolina Senate who has consistently voted in…

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S.C. State Senator Larry Grooms will seek the U.S. House seat vacated this week by Tim Scott – South Carolina’s newest United States Senator.

Grooms (R-Berkeley) is one of the few Republican members of the South Carolina Senate who has consistently voted in defense of freedom and free markets. He’s also been the most aggressive proponent of market-based education reforms in the entire S.C. General Assembly – not to mention a leading critic of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s “Savannah River Sellout.”

We’ve had occasional quibbles with him in the past – differing substantially in our view of the ideal mode of governance for the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA), for example – but on the whole Grooms has given us very little to complain about.  In a chamber littered with “Republicans in Name Only,” Grooms has been one of a half-dozen or so Senators willing to stand and be counted for taxpayers.  Every bit as important, he’s been willing to openly criticize his fellow “Republicans” when they act in a manner inconsistent with their stated ideology.

That last point is especially critical given the wholesale GOP betrayal of the “lower taxes, less government” mantra we’re seeing in Washington, D.C. lately.

Obviously we’re going to wait to see who files for this seat (and what specific policy positions they outline) before offering any sort of endorsement, but based on his record in the State Senate Grooms strikes us as the kind of guy who would vote alongside the likes of U.S. Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan in defense of liberty and in defense of taxpayers.

He also strikes us as the kind of guy who will continue to call out “Republicans” when they stray from their stated principles … as they seem to be doing with increasing frequency of late.


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johnb January 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

he would be a great pick

carrie January 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

The more people seeking the US home seat, the more the merrier.
Now how many do we have?

Guero January 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

Just another dumbarse t-bagger from our seemingly inexhaustable list of Repugnants who refuse to govern. He rivals Lee “Not so” Bright in the IQ department. I suppose that brings up another question: Can only dumbarses represent the Repugnant Party or are they the brightest of the dim bulbs?

Another prelimiary question would be does he intend to be a typical GOP grifter/quiter or would he serve out his term?

Are you kidding? January 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Have you ever had a conversation with Lee Bright? It’s like talking to a head case who hasn’t taken his meds… Completely scatter brained. Grooms at least has his act together, can carry on an intelligent conversation and knows what it means to keep his head above water. I wish Larry all the luck in the world.

Cooter Brown January 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

Wee need hium heer ratha than thare– Warshingtun, DC iz a true LOST CAUSE!

Crooner January 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

Is there some kind of reverse IQ test for Tea Party acceptance? ‘Cause this guy’s dumb as a box of rocks.

Laughing uncontrollably January 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

the dumbest in the senate

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man January 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Can barely put together a coherent sentence together.I know Tea Party types will usually support anyone who mouths the appropriate slogans,but even they ought o be embarrased by this guy.

sid January 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

“Can barely put together a coherent sentence together.”

I presume you were writing about yourself?

Alvin January 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I have spoken to Larry Grooms on numerous occasions, and I give him my full backing for SC-1. I believe he will represent my family’s interests in the House of Representatives.

Carrefour January 5, 2013 at 3:53 am

Joe Wilson is a true dumb shit.

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man January 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

Well Sid,like you,I am just some guy playing around on his computer and confess to being a poor speller and a one finger typist

Then again,Im not running for Congress

Wonder how Grooms spells?

sid January 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

It wasn’t a spelling reference, moron.

mph January 4, 2013 at 11:09 am

Same cast of characters each time. When will these professional politicians get real jobs?

Term limits for all levels of government is the only cure.

sid January 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

We have term limits. They are called elections.

mph January 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

You have to be caught with a living boy or dead girl to lose a seat in this state.

sid January 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Incumbents lose races every cycle, and at all levels of government. If the candidates that challenge incumbents do not succeed, that simply means they did not run a campaign well enough to win. Just because you do not like a particular incumbent does not mean he or she should be removed from office. That’s for the voters to decide. Term limits are for lazy people who want new politicians but don’t want to be bothered with putting forth the effort to defeat the old ones. Several states have term limits, and people in those states still complain about their elected representation.

Perer January 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

MPH, you can get caught fucking a live boy, dead girl or Nikki and still get somewhere in this state. Hell, you can fuck a horse and they’ll let you back out on the streets to do it again.

People here have no standards, but many of them have a serious case of crotch rot.

It’s not a state. It’s not an election. It’s the Itchy and Scratchy Show.

SINNin4Dennis January 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Pure term limits take away the public’s ability to choose who they want to represent them and is the tea parties attempt to weasel their way into elections they can’t win.

mph January 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I used to loath the idea of term limits, but are simply too many institutionalized advantages for incumbents. Our system looks entirely too much like a form of legalized bribery.

Roy January 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

With the field, so many pale, grey men, we need someone new. Who could we recruit for this?

Box of Rocks January 5, 2013 at 3:57 am

Does Joe And Roxanne Wilson have any more family members not on the public dole? Surely there’s another Wilson family idiot who can be recruited!

Dobber January 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

We badly need another career politician in Washington #%!!*@

For Real January 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Larry Grooms is the real deal. I’d be proud to call him my Congressman. He fights hardvforvthe people of his district and this state.


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