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Bakari Sellers For Lite Gov?

S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) is running for lieutenant governor, multiple sources familiar with the young lawmaker’s plans tell FITS. Sellers, who turns 29 this year, is “100 percent in” the race one source told us – adding that the fourth-term lawmaker was planning on “raising $1 million” for his…

S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) is running for lieutenant governor, multiple sources familiar with the young lawmaker’s plans tell FITS.

Sellers, who turns 29 this year, is “100 percent in” the race one source told us – adding that the fourth-term lawmaker was planning on “raising $1 million” for his bid.

Can Sellers win a statewide race in “Republican-controlled” South Carolina, where all of the state’s constitutional officers (and both of its U.S. Senators) currently have the letter “R” behind their names?

It’s possible … S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley represents a potential drag at the top of the “Republican” ticket in 2014, and there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that years of “Republican” rule hasn’t exactly done the Palmetto State much good.

The only problem? Democrats haven’t staked out anything resembling the sort of agenda they would need to advance if they want to return to relevance … let alone power.

Except Sellers … who has found several ways to get to the right of his GOP counterparts on various issues, most notably the state’s gasoline tax (which he wants to cut and many “Republicans” want to raise).

We recently described Sellers as a “moderate young Democrat” who has “impressed his substantive approach to politics and policy (and his willingness to break from liberal dogma).”

Can he translate that into a viable candidacy? One that picks up enough independents to carry him to victory?

We may soon find out …

UPDATE: FITS caught up with Sellers at a downtown Columbia, S.C. restaurant Tuesday evening. He acknowledged he was “looking at” a possible lieutenant gubernatorial bid, but said any speculation about his intentions at this point was “premature.”

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56 comments

BigT April 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

If FITS’ and/or Sanford’s Track record is an indicator: both will “LIKE” Sellers.

FITS endorsed Haley because he loved how the media played up her Minority and Female “credentials.” Ability is not important to the token-likers….

A STRONG trait of FITS-Type Moderates: They love a Quota…regardless of policy…They HATE Conservatives…because we base support on merit

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lowcorider April 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

How many times do I have to remind you that Nim ran as a Methodist white woman.

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BigT April 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

If FITS’ and/or Sanford’s Track record is an indicator: both will “LIKE” Sellers.

FITS endorsed Haley because he loved how the media played up her Minority and Female “credentials.” Ability is not important to the token-likers….

A STRONG trait of FITS-Type Moderates: They love a Quota…regardless of policy…They HATE Conservatives…because we base support on merit

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Lowcorider April 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

How many times do I have to remind you that Nim ran as a Methodist white woman.

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palmettodog April 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

For crying out loud, quit trying to push this idiot.

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La Gloria Cubana April 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Ugh… utterly worthless; essentially, a young Obama who tries to charm his friends into believing that socialism is the future. Can’t stand him, whatsoever!

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

How is he a “young Obama” exactly? Because about the only real thing I see in common with the two are the “D” at the end of their name on the ballot and they look similar.

What policies has he pushed that are anything like Obama’s? How has he tried to “charm his friends into believing that socialism is the future?” You do know that he’s actually called for some tax cuts while some of the Republicans have asked for tax increases, right? How is that socialist?

If you have some insight that some of us don’t, please share.

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La Gloria Cubana April 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

Smirks, I’ve listened to him for years spew his socialist and racial crap at the podium in the House, while at the same time watching him play charming/cool/hip on the club scene. So wow, he pushes for a measly little gas tax cut to help out his struggling, gas guzzling, constituents – and also, to make himself look “moderate” for political gain – and that suddenly makes him a conservative? Seriously?!… if he’s all about tax cuts and fiscal conservatism (as you imply), then why don’t you ask him about his thoughts on the income tax, property tax, estate tax, capital gains tax, budget growth at population plus inflation, etc? Yeah, if you did, you’d find just another worthless socialist. Please, study up on him and his body of work next time.

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Jay April 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

A month or so ago he encouraged people not on the government teet, to get on the government teet. Even if if was a publicity stunt, it’s never a good idea to suggest becoming dependent on the government. That’s one very large similarity to what Barry Soetoro is pushing. More dependency.

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palmettodog April 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

For crying out loud, quit trying to push this idiot.

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La Gloria Cubana April 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Ugh… utterly worthless; essentially, a young Obama who tries to charm his friends into believing that socialism is the future. Can’t stand him, whatsoever!

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

How is he a “young Obama” exactly? Because about the only real thing I see in common with the two are the “D” at the end of their name on the ballot and they look similar.

What policies has he pushed that are anything like Obama’s? How has he tried to “charm his friends into believing that socialism is the future?” You do know that he’s actually called for some tax cuts while some of the Republicans have asked for tax increases, right? How is that socialist?

If you have some insight that some of us don’t, please share.

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La Gloria Cubana April 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

Smirks, I’ve listened to him for years spew his socialist and racial crap at the podium in the House, while at the same time watching him play charming/cool/hip on the club scene. So wow, he pushes for a measly little gas tax cut to help out his struggling, gas guzzling, constituents – and also, to make himself look “moderate” for political gain – and that suddenly makes him a conservative? Seriously?!… if he’s all about tax cuts and fiscal conservatism (as you imply), then why don’t you ask him about his thoughts on the income tax, property tax, estate tax, capital gains tax, budget growth at population plus inflation, etc? Yeah, if you did, you’d find just another worthless socialist. Please, study up on him and his body of work next time.

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Jay April 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

A month or so ago he encouraged people not on the government teet, to get on the government teet. Even if if was a publicity stunt, it’s never a good idea to suggest becoming dependent on the government. That’s one very large similarity to what Barry Soetoro is pushing. More dependency.

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From Bumfu** county April 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

This has been out there for months. Where have you been

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From Bumfu** county April 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

This has been out there for months. Where have you been

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Sarge April 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Todd Rutherford had this in the bag years ago – until Jean Toal took possession and ownership of his private parts. Too bad, because he is a great guy.

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Squishy123 April 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

Todd Rutherford is a scar-headed douche.

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Sarge April 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Todd Rutherford had this in the bag years ago – until Jean Toal took possession and ownership of his private parts. Too bad, because he is a great guy.

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Squishy123 April 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

Todd Rutherford is a scar-headed douche.

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jimlewisowb April 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

“I am very pleased to have been cleared of all alcohol-related charges from my traffic stop in Chester County last fall,” Sellers said

The little cockroach wasn’t cleared of anything.

The date the officer put on the ticket did not match the date on the video thereby his I am not drunk performance could not be used in Court.

Hell, with double talk at this level the little cockroach looks to be POTUS timber

Fucking moron

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shifty henry April 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm

“The date the officer put on the ticket did not match the date on the video”
That’s a new cute little trick I haven’t come across before, but I don’t know if it was done accidentally or on purpose……….hmmmm

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jimlewisowb April 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

“I am very pleased to have been cleared of all alcohol-related charges from my traffic stop in Chester County last fall,” Sellers said

The little cockroach wasn’t cleared of anything.

The date the officer put on the ticket did not match the date on the video thereby his I am not drunk performance could not be used in Court.

Hell, with double talk at this level the little cockroach looks to be POTUS timber

Fucking moron

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shifty henry April 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm

“The date the officer put on the ticket did not match the date on the video”
That’s a new cute little trick I haven’t come across before, but I don’t know if it was done accidentally or on purpose……….hmmmm

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Cicero April 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

So, Lindsay Graham is a “left leaning liberal,” but Bakari Sellers gets slobbering love. This arrogant, self-absorbed jackass is Will’s buttboy. He must have pictures of Will. Which, given Will’s depravity and utter lack of shame, must be awful

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Cicero April 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

So, Lindsay Graham is a “left leaning liberal,” but Bakari Sellers gets slobbering love. This arrogant, self-absorbed jackass is Will’s buttboy. He must have pictures of Will. Which, given Will’s depravity and utter lack of shame, must be awful

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Mike at the Beach April 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Am I mistaken, or is this the clown (among clowns, admittedly) who introduced a bill (or threatened) to require a law enforcement officer at every public school in SC, to be funded by the local government and school boards? Essentially a 90 million-dollar unfunded mandate. I’m not sure what “impressed his substantive approach to politics and policy,” means, but he’s more show than go…

As for his DUI, of course he stayed calm about all of that. Our ass-backwards DUI statute is one of the most poorly constructed in the nation- he knew he’d eventually walk on that (especially since, like any decent attorney would advise a drunk client, he refused the breath test). All of the celebrities who can’t seem to beat their DUI’s in California and New York should roll on down to SC to do their drunk driving. Even crappy attorneys here can get a drunk off the hook with very little effort. At least we’d have better looking drunks if we had ol’ Mel Gibson and Lindsey Lohan types weaving around Williams Brice…

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

If the state is going to mandate LEOs at every public school, then the state should be paying for it, otherwise it just fucks the poorer school districts even more.

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Mike at the Beach April 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Agreed – that was the central malfunction of Sellers’ plan, although he met his real goal (media exposure). He knew that plan was going nowhere.

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Mike at the Beach April 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Am I mistaken, or is this the clown (among clowns, admittedly) who introduced a bill (or threatened) to require a law enforcement officer at every public school in SC, to be funded by the local government and school boards? Essentially a 90 million-dollar unfunded mandate. I’m not sure what “impressed his substantive approach to politics and policy,” means, but he’s more show than go…

As for his DUI, of course he stayed calm about all of that. Our ass-backwards DUI statute is one of the most poorly constructed in the nation- he knew he’d eventually walk on that (especially since, like any decent attorney would advise a drunk client, he refused the breath test). All of the celebrities who can’t seem to beat their DUI’s in California and New York should roll on down to SC to do their drunk driving. Even crappy attorneys here can get a drunk off the hook with very little effort. At least we’d have better looking drunks if we had ol’ Mel Gibson and Lindsey Lohan types weaving around Williams Brice…

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

If the state is going to mandate LEOs at every public school, then the state should be paying for it, otherwise it just fucks the poorer school districts even more.

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Mike at the Beach April 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Agreed – that was the central malfunction of Sellers’ plan, although he met his real goal (media exposure). He knew that plan was going nowhere.

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Scrappy April 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Rutherford is a radical Liberal and a crook just like the rest of them. He did “slip slide” away from the Lillian McBride issue quickly after playing a major role in putting her there to begin with! Bet the Legislative Black Caucus is pissed!

Sellers is Strom law firms lap dog.

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Scrappy April 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Rutherford is a radical Liberal and a crook just like the rest of them. He did “slip slide” away from the Lillian McBride issue quickly after playing a major role in putting her there to begin with! Bet the Legislative Black Caucus is pissed!

Sellers is Strom law firms lap dog.

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Fits is an ass April 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Fits did you blow him under the table?

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Mr Clit April 10, 2013 at 12:24 am

Earl Capps did

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Fits is an ass April 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Fits did you blow him under the table?

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Mr Clit April 10, 2013 at 12:24 am

Earl Capps did

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 6:50 am

If Sellers runs for Lt. Gov and Benji for Gov, they’ll be the DUI Duo!

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 6:50 am

If Sellers runs for Lt. Gov and Benji for Gov, they’ll be the DUI Duo!

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Gillon April 10, 2013 at 7:24 am

Another Andre Bauer–same driving habits,
marital status, intellectual level, ego. Only difference is this this one’s black and not as conservative..

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

Andre Bauer was never drunk, just incompetent. :P

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Gillon April 10, 2013 at 7:24 am

Another Andre Bauer–same driving habits,
marital status, intellectual level, ego. Only difference is this this one’s black and not as conservative..

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Smirks April 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

Andre Bauer was never drunk, just incompetent. :P

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Squishy123 April 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

Is this the same guy who got out of a DUI this past week because the officer put the wrong date on the ticket? The same guy who has a worse driving record than Andre Bauer?

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Squishy123 April 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

Is this the same guy who got out of a DUI this past week because the officer put the wrong date on the ticket? The same guy who has a worse driving record than Andre Bauer?

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edr April 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

he managed to get his dui reduced to a lesser charge in York County

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edr April 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

he managed to get his dui reduced to a lesser charge in York County

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Leonard April 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

He is a spoiled kid. That’s why his “friends” at the statehouse call him the debutante.

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Leonard April 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

He is a spoiled kid. That’s why his “friends” at the statehouse call him the debutante.

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young obama April 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

He tried to repeal the “stand your ground” portion of SC’s self defense law. He’s not moderate in any way. He’s a race baiter, just like Obama. The only thing SC needs less than the republicans is bakari sellers.

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young obama April 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

He tried to repeal the “stand your ground” portion of SC’s self defense law. He’s not moderate in any way. He’s a race baiter, just like Obama. The only thing SC needs less than the republicans is bakari sellers.

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Typically SC ties April 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

How about the fact that Bakari used to help covers Fits ass when he worked with Pete Strom… a little back scratching here?

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Typically SC ties April 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

How about the fact that Bakari used to help covers Fits ass when he worked with Pete Strom… a little back scratching here?

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JER April 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Sellers is last years news. It will not sell well when his famous quote, “white women are my addition” becomes well known (I saw it on a friends IPhone.)

Worst thing is that he is the black man with the little pecker. Don’t believe me? Ask Nikki Haley’s white, female legislative aide She will tell you he is a tall dark man with a little wee wee.

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JER April 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Sellers is last years news. It will not sell well when his famous quote, “white women are my addition” becomes well known (I saw it on a friends IPhone.)

Worst thing is that he is the black man with the little pecker. Don’t believe me? Ask Nikki Haley’s white, female legislative aide She will tell you he is a tall dark man with a little wee wee.

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