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Catherine Templeton Makes GOP Watch List

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton was included on a national list of GOP officials to watch in 2013. The list – published by Governing magazine – included thirteen other prominent GOP officials from across the country. “She’s ruffled some feathers with personnel housecleaning at…

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S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton was included on a national list of GOP officials to watch in 2013.

The list – published by Governing magazine – included thirteen other prominent GOP officials from across the country.

“She’s ruffled some feathers with personnel housecleaning at her new agency, but those moves have earned her plaudits in some corners,” Governing says of Templeton. “She’s also found common ground with some environmentalists, working to clean up polluted neighborhoods and winning praise for trying to reduce a backlog of expired pollution discharge permits. Templeton was on (S.C. Gov. Nikki) Haley’s short list for appointees to succeed retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, and while she didn’t get that nod, observers expect her to be in contention for higher office at some point in the future.”

That’s accurate …

Templeton was heavily recruited by some heavy hitters in Charleston, S.C. to run in the special election for South Carolina’s recently vacated first congressional district – however she declined to enter that crowded field. Sources tell FITS those same powerful interests are pushing Templeton to seek statewide office in 2014.

“I’ve heard talk of lieutenant governor pretty hot and heavy,” one prominent GOP consultant told FITS, adding Templeton would “be a very credible candidate.”

“Talk to people inside the Columbia bubble and they’ll tell you her star has eclipsed the woman who appointed her,” the consultant added. “Take (Nikki) Haley’s immigration and anti-union wins – which were rare victories for this administration. Those (were) almost entirely due to Templeton. Now she’s getting tons of positive ink for her anti-obesity efforts while the governor’s cabinet appears to be dragging its feet.”

Our thoughts on Templeton?

“We’ve developed a grudging respect for Templeton in recent months – even though she’s one of several state agency heads who has banned our website at her agency,” we wrote earlier this year. “While she hasn’t been as aggressive as we’d prefer in reducing SCDHEC’s bureaucracy (or pushing for long-overdue structural reforms), to her credit she hasn’t been growing her agency either.  She also seems to be genuinely focused – if not obsessed – when it comes to efficiently discharging SCDHEC’s duties.”

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21 comments

Buz Martin February 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I like to watch.

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Boz Martin February 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I like to watch.

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jimlewisowb February 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

trial

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jimlewisowb February 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

trial

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Thomas February 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

This woman is the Anti-Hillary. Hetero, young(old enough to be President), beautiful, and smart as a whip. Anti-union lawyer indeed.

Scott Walker and Catherine Templeton, For Solutions, For Results, For America, For The World, For President in 2016.

My name is Thomas, and I approve this message.

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Thomas February 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

This woman is the Anti-Hillary. Hetero, young(old enough to be President), beautiful, and smart as a whip. Anti-union lawyer indeed.

Scott Walker and Catherine Templeton, For Solutions, For Results, For America, For The World, For President in 2016.

My name is Thomas, and I approve this message.

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jimlewisowb February 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

“positive ink for her anti-obesity efforts while the” Gypsy Queen Governor appears to be dragging around 75 lbs. + in her trunk

There is only one Mirror Mirror on the Wall in the Gypsy Queen’s Castle and she ain’t about to share it

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jimlewisowb February 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

“positive ink for her anti-obesity efforts while the” Gypsy Queen Governor appears to be dragging around 75 lbs. + in her trunk

There is only one Mirror Mirror on the Wall in the Gypsy Queen’s Castle and she ain’t about to share it

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lb29205 February 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

How can someone advocating for telling poor people what they can and cannot eat just because they are poor, Nanny State be a Republican?

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lb29205 February 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

How can someone advocating for telling poor people what they can and cannot eat just because they are poor, Nanny State be a Republican?

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Uncle Remus February 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I like to watch her as well. She is doing a good job and looks good while doing it. That combo is powerful in the South.

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Uncle Remus February 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I like to watch her as well. She is doing a good job and looks good while doing it. That combo is powerful in the South.

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Sweep the Deck February 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I hope she sticks around long enough to finish the job culling the bloated environmental management at DHEC and kicking the remaining ones back on track.

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Sweep the Deck February 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I hope she sticks around long enough to finish the job culling the bloated environmental management at DHEC and kicking the remaining ones back on track.

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Eddie Haskell & Beaver February 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

We’d eat her mandibles any day. Or . . . whatever they’re called. You know. . . .

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Eddie Haskell & Beaver February 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

We’d eat her mandibles any day. Or . . . whatever they’re called. You know. . . .

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Humphrey February 12, 2013 at 2:07 am

I agree she’s very attractive. Can we have a bathing suit picture? Like Sarah Palin, this will help her two positives that we guys watch for. Her positives are well hung.

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Humphrey February 12, 2013 at 1:07 am

I agree she’s very attractive. Can we have a bathing suit picture? Like Sarah Palin, this will help her two positives that we guys watch for. Her positives are well hung.

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SCtaxpayer2012 February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Smart as a whip? Didn’t she fail bar exam, several times?

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SCtaxpayer2012 February 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Smart as a whip? Didn’t she fail bar exam, several times?

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no no August 25, 2013 at 2:53 am

This woman will not have my vote and neither will Haley. I have never voted non-republican. I guess I wont vote.

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