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Larry Grooms Addresses Write-In Movement

S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms is distancing himself from a movement urging voters in South Carolina’s first congressional district to write his name in on the ballot in next month’s special election. In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Grooms called on first district voters “to not help elect a…

S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms is distancing himself from a movement urging voters in South Carolina’s first congressional district to write his name in on the ballot in next month’s special election.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Grooms called on first district voters “to not help elect a Democrat by writing in my name or any other candidate’s name but instead to support our Republican nominee, Mark Sanford.”

“I am asking them to stop their effort,” the fiscally conservative State Senator said.

Grooms said the write-in campaign – organized by the Conservative Campaign Committee – was launched “without my knowledge or consent.”

News of the write-in campaign – which includes a radio and television spot – was reported exclusively by FITS. Other write-in efforts are reportedly underway in support of Curtis Bostic, the left-leaning Republican who was defeated by Sanford in the GOP runoff.

Grooms’ primary bid – which we endorsed – came a few hundred votes short of qualifying for the runoff.

What’s prompting all this “write-in” talk? Frustration with Sanford – whose campaign appeared on a pathway to victory until his ex-wife Jenny Sanford accused him of trespassing on her property. That allegation – and Sanford’s fumbling response to it – has cost him dearly in this Republican-heavy district.

In fact earlier this week a new poll showed Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch enjoying a nine-point advantage over the former governor.

In addition to Grooms’ statement of support, Sanford’s campaign did get another bit of good news today when former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul – the Godfather of the modern fiscal conservative movement – offered his endorsement. Prior to his two terms as governor, Sanford represented the first district in Congress from 1995-2001 – during which time he frequently voted with Paul.

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18 comments

Uncle Remus April 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Go Sanford! Give it to ECB!

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Uncle Remus April 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Go Sanford! Give it to ECB!

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9" April 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

to quote the pointer sisters:’i’m so excited’

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9" April 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

to quote the pointer sisters:’i’m so excited’

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Alvin691 April 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Thank you Senator Grooms.

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alvin691 April 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Thank you Senator Grooms.

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Pinckney April 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

a queer, a moron AND a brass ankle, just the ticket

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Pinckney April 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

a queer, a moron AND a brass ankle, just the ticket

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MountainPenelope April 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

Write in all of them. Whatever works to get ECB elected works for me!

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MountainPenelope April 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

Write in all of them. Whatever works to get ECB elected works for me!

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Joan Holleman Brown April 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks so much Senator Grooms

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Joan Holleman Brown April 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks so much Senator Grooms

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Beachpeople April 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Larry has my respect and will get my support in the future for doing what is right for our country and not playing petty politics. Sanford is the best choice to impact the fiscal crisis that we face. I am tired of hearing sour grapes by those who have ran against Sanford over the last 2 decades and gotten whipped. Sanford could have buddied up to every special interest group, entrenched politician and he would have a long list of political supporters. Instead, he fought for fiscal responsibility and progressive reforms that pissed off the few who live off the rest of us. He is not perfect but he is the best choice for our district and country.

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Beachpeople April 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Larry has my respect and will get my support in the future for doing what is right for our country and not playing petty politics. Sanford is the best choice to impact the fiscal crisis that we face. I am tired of hearing sour grapes by those who have ran against Sanford over the last 2 decades and gotten whipped. Sanford could have buddied up to every special interest group, entrenched politician and he would have a long list of political supporters. Instead, he fought for fiscal responsibility and progressive reforms that pissed off the few who live off the rest of us. He is not perfect but he is the best choice for our district and country.

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Waccamaw April 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I’m encouraging republicans who hate Sanford to write-in for Bostic or Grooms, depending on their level of stupidity.

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Waccamaw April 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I’m encouraging republicans who hate Sanford to write-in for Bostic or Grooms, depending on their level of stupidity.

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9" April 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

but it is great to see one of rodney dangerfield’s grandchildren …

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9" April 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

but it is great to see one of rodney dangerfield’s grandchildren …

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