SC House “Republicans” Fall Short On Fiscal Conservative Votes

FISCAL LIBERALS DOMINATE PALMETTO STATE’S “GOP-CONTROLLED” HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Last week we took a look at the abysmal scores recorded by “Republican” members of the S.C. Senate on the S.C. Club for Growth’s 2012 legislative scorecards. This week we look at the scores put up by the S.C. House of Representatives…

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Last week we took a look at the abysmal scores recorded by “Republican” members of the S.C. Senate on the S.C. Club for Growth’s 2012 legislative scorecards. This week we look at the scores put up by the S.C. House of Representatives – which is also controlled (in name anyway) by “Republicans.”

According to the Club’s rankings, an astounding thirty-nine GOP legislators earned failing grades (i.e. scores below sixty out of one hundred) during the 2012 legislative session. For the record, these fiscal liberals were …

Liston Barfield (59), Eddie Tallon (58), Shannon Erickson (57), Dwight Loftis (57), Don Bowen (56), Tracy Edge (56), Jimmy Merrill (56), Mac Toole (56), House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White (56), Gene Pinson (55), Bill Whitmire (55), George Hearn (54), Mike Pitts (53), Chip Limehouse (52), Mike Sottile (52), Mike Forrester (51), Andy Patrick (51), Tom Corbin (50), James Harrison (50), Nelson Hardwick (49), Steve Parker (49), Mike Gambrell (47), Kris Crawford (46), Kit Spires (46), Thad Viers (46), Chris Murphy (45), House Labor Commerce and Industry Chairman Bill Sandifer (44), House Speaker Bobby Harrell (42), Joan Brady (41), Bill Herbkersman (41), Tommy Pope (41), Bill Crosby (40), Jenny Horne (39), B.R. Skelton (38), Steve Moss (37), David Tribble (33), Doug Brannon (32), Eric Bikas (31), David Hiott (30).

That’s right … more than half of the “Republican” majority in the S.C. House of Representatives received a failing grade on the most prominent fiscal conservative scorecard for the S.C. General Assembly.

Cue the excuses in 3, 2, 1 …

Obviously we take every scorecard we receive with an ocean of salt, but historically the Club’s rankings have been fairly reliable indicators of a lawmakers’ commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line. One exception this year? The “A+” score awarded to S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-York). Apparently the Club forgot to include Norman’s vote in support of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s infamous “Savannah River Sellout” on its scorecard.

On this controversial vote Norman was the only lawmaker to back Haley – who basically sold a private sector port in South Carolina down the river to pave the way for a government-run port in Georgia (and get herself a prime time speaking slot at last year’s GOP convention). The “Savannah River Sellout” vote was one of last year’s most cut-and-dried free market tallies, and to award Norman an “A+” in light of his decision to back Haley strikes us as highly hypocritical of the Club.



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Psst! January 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Just say you’re Republican, you will be a shoe in. Gots to love some South Carolina…

Zobro January 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

They gave Josh “Just-Like-Eric-Bikas” Putnam a freaking A.

SO, CFG Scorecard….not exactly credible.

BigT January 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I see A LOT of Sanford’s boys in there…That SPEAKS volumes and explains A Lot…..

It’s why we NEED REAL Alternative media…not ‘CINO’ FITS…

Charlemagne, King of France January 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Youre absolutly right T, im back for less than an hour and already agreeing with you on something, and that scares the pants off me. how about you go get started on founding some new alternative media. Dont talk about it, be about it.

Start a twitter account and send us your political POVs every day

Saluda Rapids January 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Good, Charlemagne, King of France, you can be the one fucktard who follows this douchebag.

I hope the two of you enjoy reading “Cino.” The rest of us without tin foil on our heads will stick with FITS.

Jan January 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

These are all Republicans, doing what Republicans do; and just like the Republicans under Bush ran the country into the ground, the Republicans in SC are running SC into the ground.

Charlemagne, King of France January 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

“Republicans in SC are burrying SC under the ground”


Isotope Soap January 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Good to see you back, Charlemagne!

Stephan January 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Jan, I take exception to what you say. They are not running SC into the ground. They “ran” SC into the ground already. When you’re second to last in nearly everything – he’re already run into the ground.

BigT January 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The state is doing better than the Bankrupt Liberal States, despite Obama’s horrible policies…..and that goes double for the Failed Federales…

That some Beech Obama ain’t done Nothing But Fail…except in getting his sorry @$$ back on the Gravy Train…while he LsHAO at you idiots…

How any Leftwing idiot can defend Obama is baffling…but they ARE idiots, of that may explain it…

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man January 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm

The Club For Growth represnts “”taxpayers?”

Well yeh

If youre making a half million or more a year!

BigT January 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Yeah: “Smart Man” ANYBODY who wants to Keep more of THEIR money, and not give it to Solyndra or Obama, is Ridiculous…

You are one Stupid Son of a B!t*#…

You need the $#!t kicked out of your @$$ just on IGNORANCE….

F*#kin Idiot…

Steve Forbes January 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Thanks for all the support Big T

But you still cant come in the front door!

BigT January 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

SF: You probably Love it in the Back Door…and you and Obama want to Jail anybody if they don’t accept your “lifestyle” as gospel..

You leftwingers are REALLY over-reaching…it may be a good idea to shut up about now…

You got your Dolt back in…and we’re still in the same mess he caused w/ no Answers…and no hope…

When we totally cease to suffer fools…it will not be to your advantage…

Stephan January 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Yeah T – South Carolina is doing great. Just take a ramble through the empty factories out in Pee Dee. What’s the state’s median income – near last? SAT scores – near last. I mean, really, competing with Mississippi every year for dumbest and dumber awards isn’t really a success story.

Even Chris Christie is sick of supporting a failing state. Maybe SC and Mississippi should leave the Union – it would help reduce the fiscal deficit and the raise America’s overall intelligence. You can be their leader.

Recovering Lobbyist January 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

If you take the economic development votes out that list is reduced by at least half.

tired and retired January 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Where is it written that to be a “true Republican” a politician must be fiscally conservative?

Frankly, this pundit’s habit of calling every Republican legislator with whom he disagrees a “RINO” is getting a little old.

Uncle Remus January 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

3 people listen to the club growth. The most irrelevant group in the State. Its a representative democracy after all.

Senator Claghorn January 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

3—-That’s pretty generous Uncle….I’m more along the lines of “nobody cares!!”

BigT January 15, 2013 at 7:52 am

Wait a minute: Don’t you F&*#in’ Idiots HATE South Carolina…because we vote majority “R”???

And you HATE Anti-Tax Groups, like Club for Growth???

So you really have contradicted your own Stupid @$$#$…

You must work for the DNC, and that’s why all your Minions look like Such Fools when they go around parrotting your Ignorant Talking points…

T Cousins January 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

Weuns want to hear more bout that back door thingy!

Big Tampon January 15, 2013 at 8:29 am

Now you boys quit a fantasying bout that stuf with your trash talk. Dont you make me break out my crow bar agin.

Isotope Soap January 15, 2013 at 10:10 am


GrrrrNative January 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

Wait a minute. These people endorsed Corbin in my district (5) and he got an F on their scorecard? Interesting…


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