To his credit, Charleston, S.C. real estate broker Russell Guerard apparently made it clear he was running against S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse (RINO-Charleston) long before the rotund “Republican in Name Only” belly flopped in last week’s South Carolina first congressional district primary.
Guerard has been “softly campaigning” against Limehouse for several months, sources tell FITS – meaning he’s not just some opportunist eager to capitalize on Limehouse’s recently exposed vulnerability.
Also to his credit, Guerard didn’t do the typical political thing and beat around the bush when we reached out to him seeking confirmation of rumors about his prospective candidacy.
“I am running for House seat 110 as a Republican,” Guerard confirmed to FITS via email last week.
There you go …
And while we know next-to-nothing about Guerard (other than the adorable family picture he provided us), we know plenty about Limehouse. None of it good.
A top lieutenant of fiscally liberal S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Limehouse has been initiating and covering up corruption in state government for years. In fact during his spectacularly failed bid for the U.S. Congress he granted one of the most fiscally liberal members of the S.C. House of Representatives (B.R. Skelton) his proxy.
Yet despite all of this Limehouse receives the unquestioned backing of the local “Republican” party – led by Harrell loyalist Lin Bennett.
Despite dropping $500,000 on his congressional candidacy (more than anyone else in the race), Limehouse finished a disappointing seventh place in the first district primary.
He didn’t even win his own S.C. House district …
Limehouse is the embodiment (the very, very large embodiment) of everything that’s wrong with South Carolina … shady back room deals cut by corrupt political elites aimed at padding the pockets of narrow special interests. At our expense, naturally.
Would Guerard be any better? We’re not sure … he describes himself as “a concerned citizen with some integrity who’s willing to but his ass on the line to help make this place better for everyone,” but we’ll be judging his candidacy like we judge all candidacies – based on specific policy proposal offered and endorsed.
One thing is clear, though … Guerard is not Chip Limehouse. Which means he starts “+1” in our book …