Mere minutes after S.C. Senator Vincent Sheheen announced he was running for governor of South Carolina again in 2014, the top strategist to “Republican” incumbent Nikki Haley was already throwing punches.
“Not really much news here – he’s been running for governor his entire adult life – but it is ironic that Vince Sheheen, a pro-labor union trial lawyer, would announce his candidacy the day after Boeing announced 2,000 new jobs in South Carolina,” Haley advisor Tim Pearson said. “Vince’s message to job creators: ‘We’ll raise your taxes, have trial lawyers take you to court, and let the labor unions push you around.’ Real inviting.”
Wait … does Pearson really think the Boeing announcement (which pushes the taxpayer incentive tab for this company over the $1 billion mark) is not going to result in a tax hike for other South Carolina businesses?
Also … last time we checked labor unions in the Palmetto State were virtually non-existent. How exactly are they going to “push job creators around?”
Anyway, S.C. Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian had a quick retort to Pearson’s
“South Carolina has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, as it has for the last 10 years,” he said in a statement. “Let’s not forget – Sheheen had more to do with bringing Boeing to South Carolina than Nikki Haley, considering he was actually present for the vote that brought them here.”
Harpootlian also added that “if Nikki Haley wants to talk about lifelong political candidates, maybe she should look in the mirror and remember the government has paid her paycheck almost her entire adult life.”
Well, that’s not entirely true … there was her flagrantly illegal lobbying gig with Lexington Medical Center and her (totally unreported) flagrantly illegal lobbying gig with the former Wilbur Smith and Associates.
Remember those positions?
Anyway, the real story here is rapidity with which this race (which isn’t even officially a race yet) got chippy.
In fact file this as the first of what we suspect will be hundreds of “Haley v. Sheheen” or “Sheheen v. Haley” stories – which is good for our internet traffic, but bad for the people of the Palmetto State. As we noted previously, South Carolinians deserve a real limited government option in the race for governor – a candidate who provides some sort of real alternative to the typical big government “Republican” (Haley) and bigger government Democrat (Sheheen).
Sadly, we don’t see such a candidate emerging in time to make a difference in this election …