Tom Davis Won’t Challenge Lindsey Graham (Or Nikki Haley)

S.C. Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) – the most prominent limited government advocate in the S.C. General Assembly – will not be taking his game to Washington, D.C. anytime soon. Nor will he be challenging S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014. Talk about a double bummer … and welcome news for…

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S.C. Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) – the most prominent limited government advocate in the S.C. General Assembly – will not be taking his game to Washington, D.C. anytime soon. Nor will he be challenging S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014.

Talk about a double bummer … and welcome news for Haley and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.).

The second-term state lawmaker, who has aggressively pushed a host of fiscal and structural reforms to state government, told reporter Gina Smith of The Hilton Head Island Packet that he believes he can do more good for the state in the S.C. Senate.

“Looking at the challenges for my county and the things I’m working on, being on Senate Finance gives me a chance to not just simply (debate the budget on the Senate floor) and talk about changes that need to happen, but to actually make those changes,” Davis told Smith.

We disagree …

Davis is precisely the sort of candidate who needs to run statewide, if for no other reason than his candidacy would dramatically elevate the debate in South Carolina.

Sadly, he’s not going to do it though.

Davis is the second fiscal conservative this week to announce he’s staying put. Earlier this week, State Treasurer Curtis Loftis formally announced his intention to seek reelection to his current post in 2014 – eliminating another potential GOP challenger to Haley.

Davis did offer some mild criticism of Haley in his interview with Smith, saying the first-term “Republican” had failed to improve South Carolina’s underlying business climate and chosen instead to rely on taxpayer-funded incentives for “economic development.”


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Thinker February 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

All this would do if he ran for gov would split the Republican ticket and allow a Sheheen to win because of resentment. I wish he would have ran for no other reason than to prove you’re off your game.

Les Mismanagement February 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

the 1st Dist race seems to be sucking the oxygen out of everything else and the incumbents like it that way

Zobro February 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

So. Davis looks in a mirror one morning and his reflection says “you’re a fuckin’ wingnut!”

Davis says “huh”

His reflection says “yeah, your a fuckin wingnut! Ron Paul? Sanford? Goddammit! Your a wingnut!”

Davis, “really?”

His reflection, “yeah, and for sure you will lose any fuckin election for anything, but school board if you don’t keep blowin the shitsnews guy, stop talking about running for everything and either go full wingnut, and I mean Nerve-reporter level, or ratchet it back to human fuckin being for a while!”

Davis, “ok”

“Now go take the light blue pill so I can leave”

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man February 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Davis isnt running because he knows he will lose.

As usual,Graham is getting back in good with the Right Wing crowd that control the Republican primaries.

Why just this week he told us how he had his AK47 ready for any howling mob of Blacks that might happen upon his homestead,called Hillary Clinton a murderer and beat up fellow Republican Chuck Hagel for questioning all these “wars” Right Wingers adore!

Pretty good weeks work!

As for Haley,Davis apparently concluded that,despite all the bluster,she still has sufficient support to survive a primary challenge.

Probably not a bad assumption!

Graham and Nikki will be EASILY re elected .

South Mauldin February 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Excellent post.

sweepin February 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I think you hit most of it accurately.

Does “political blustering” have the same effect as “beer muscles?” If so, then Davis must be Pop-eye the Sailor.

Bonhoeffer February 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

It’s all clear now Lindsey–you can put that AK-15 away and move back to the middle. And Nikki, maybe you can recall your hubby from Afghanistan.

Tammy February 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Good post except your handle—Joe Wilson is not a smart man but rather a pussy whipped POS. Another LOSER in 2014.

BigT February 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

With Obama tearing down the country…Libertarian CERTAINLY is NOT the answer…and all chances are his polling showed that…

Not to mention: this cat was tied at the hip to Sanford…and you have to believe that’s like having an ‘O’ for Obama written across your chest. It don’t play in SC….

Get us a Conservative…or don’t even try…

Guero February 2, 2013 at 6:32 am

Why don’t you run, little t-bagger? You’re a chickhawk, unhinged Faux News nut-job who doesn’t believe in evolution or reality-based concepts. You’re right in the middle of the Repugnant Party.

Guero February 2, 2013 at 6:35 am

Sorry, t-bagger, CHICKENHAWK! bawk, bawk, bawk

SCMinority February 2, 2013 at 7:12 am

Idiot of the Year 2012 award winner Big – da Fool – T gives us a lil sample on how he won the award and why he is the front runner for 2013. One voter spoke of T’s ability to keep all things STUPID, truly remarkable!

Big T – you fool- keep on, keeping on and remember to keep it stupid, dummy!

bogart February 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I forget,is Davis a rising star or a kingmaker?…..Always hard keeping up with the labels Fits bestowes on SC politicians inside the love circle.

sweepin February 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm


Reality February 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm


Dice Man February 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

It’s hard to be a standard-bearer of labels, particularly when you actually have to do something about it.

Dice Man February 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

BTW, that’s a pretty fetchin’ shade of brown ol’ Senator Tom’s sportin’ these days. Isn’t that the Clairol “I’m up to my eyeballs in shit” color?

vicupstate February 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

SC Teapublicans bitch about the RINOs, but they never find anyone with the balls to actually get in the arena. Kind of like how they want to start a war with any and every nation, yet have seldom served themselves..

Jeffy01 February 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Juice box ?

BigT February 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Sadly (and the hard way) I think SC Conservatives are finding out that the inter-lopers like Davis and Sanford, only claim Conservative because of the prosperity and success rate…

They’ll take from the system that produces until it asks for something back from them…then they are found to be naked, clueless and lacking (see Sanford)…

These are people w/ no core values or real value system, other than worship of themselves and their own bank account…

It’s about THEM…it never was about freedom, justice or the right thing to do…

It’s time to really litmus test the party…and dump the pretenders and the trash…

sweepin February 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Jesus, miracles never cease! I never thought I could agree with Big T Little Dick!

The “end times” are near.

Heal, I say!!!

Guero February 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

Keep it up, Chickenhawk. As a reality-based member of society, something y’all Repugnants just don’t understand, I encourage y’all’ crusade to cleanse your Klavern. Y’all need more Todd Akins, Kristine “I am not a witch” O”Donnells, and whoever that fool was in Indiana.

bogart February 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

Sky must be full of pigs flying….I agree with Big T.

Old Bike Dude February 2, 2013 at 6:28 am

He talks a lot of shit but he never does shit. Typical Yankee lawyer carpetbagger. He’s the perfect fit for Sun City/Hilton Head. Gerrymandered Nirvana.

Silvio Dante February 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Where is he from?

ceilidh10 February 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

wow, what a weakling……….where are the balls in this state?

Old Bike Dude February 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Dangling from Nim’s vagina.

Ralph Hightower February 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Somebody has to challenge Governot Nikki Haley!

I am hoping that physician Oscar Lovelace decides to run again. I voted for him in the primary against the GPS-challenged Governot Mark Sanford.

Servant Leadership: In my opinion, government leaders should do their best to make lives better for their citizens, be it federal or state. However, politicians only run for office to advance their career (reference: former South Carolina Senator Jim Demint; apparently, he met his Waterloo!)

Sanford, Haley? They only want to serve themselves. I feel that Lovelace, as a physician, wants to make South Carolina a better place.

Dennis February 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm

With Davis gone, there’s no serious republican challenger to Haley. McMaster lacks the drive. Bauer and McConnell are fags. DeMint is stable in DC making $1 million a year at Heritage. Harrell is not electable as governor. This must be music to Haley’s ears.

paul c February 4, 2013 at 7:09 am

Thank God he has no national ambitions. Unfortunately, he is not going to run for governour. That is where he belongs!

Whatever February 4, 2013 at 8:55 am

After seeing how his pal Sanford is fairing or not, perhaps it has made him take a look at some potential skeletons in his own closet and he is reassessing. Not saying there are any, but odds are there is something to be exploited or it is being exploited now, which has factored into his decision to stay put.

johnb February 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

Sheehan will win in a cakewalk


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