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SC Lowcountry Is Sour On Santorum

Rick Santorum’s brand of big spending, Bible thumping “Republicanism” may play well with social conservatives in the South Carolina Upstate – but there is clearly little appetite for it in the Palmetto State’s more moderate Lowcountry. Mere months after his candidate of choice was defeated by scandal-scarred Mark Sanford in…

Rick Santorum’s brand of big spending, Bible thumping “Republicanism” may play well with social conservatives in the South Carolina Upstate – but there is clearly little appetite for it in the Palmetto State’s more moderate Lowcountry.

Mere months after his candidate of choice was defeated by scandal-scarred Mark Sanford in a GOP runoff for the South Carolina first congressional district – which includes Beaufort and Charleston, S.C. – the former U.S. Senator was rebuked once again this month by Lowcountry Republicans.

This time it was a county party race. Mark Smith – the establishment GOP hack Santorum supported for chairman of the Charleston County Republican Party – was soundly defeated earlier this week by Fair Tax advocate John Steinberger.

According to our sources, the Santorum nod – like S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Mitt Romney – did more harm than good.

“Once again Rick Santorum told us how to vote,” one Lowcountry GOP operative told us, “and once again we told him what we thought of his meddling.”

That Santorum was able to rise to the top tier of “Republican” presidential candidates in 2012 is a testament to the ideological bankruptcy of the GOP – as is the fact he is viewed as a credible contender this go-round.

While playing coy publicly (don’t all politicians?), there is no doubt Santorum is prepping for a 2016 bid.

“Behind the scenes, the former Pennsylvania senator is quietly preparing for another presidential run,” National Review‘s Robert Costa reported last month. “Trips to Iowa are in the works, he’s meeting daily with his advisers, and he’s already fine-tuning his message for the early primaries.”

Looks like he might want to continue “fine-tuning” his South Carolina message …

 

 

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21 comments

GrandTango July 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

Moderates, like FITS, HATE Santorum. Your guys are John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
This is not News, or anything new…

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9" July 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I thought he was a,F&%$ING LIBERAL.Don’t go mellowing out on us.I hope that butt fucking didn’t make you lose your edge..

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GreenvilleLwyr July 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

Why does Rick Santorum, a has-been senator from Pennsylvania, give a flying fuck about who the GOP chair of Charleston County, South Carolina? Why to make those arrogant bastards down there think they are even more important.

Also, did anyone actually vote against Smith because of his proximity to Santorum? (That question is pretty funny if you apply the alternate use of the word Santorum.)

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MashPotato July 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

That was very frothy of you

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darth July 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

not that Sic doesn’t have visions of felching any of the above, “Fair Tax John” had the vote sewn up with precincts organized by 9/12’ers, Fair Tax compadres and tea party folks… not that Sic has a legit irony in the fire in SC-1 beyond his hatred of Sanford and envy of Jim Hirni.

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GreenvilleLwyr July 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

Why does Rick Santorum, a has-been senator from Pennsylvania, give a flying fuck about who the GOP chair of Charleston County, South Carolina? Why to make those arrogant bastards down there think they are even more important.

Also, did anyone actually vote against Smith because of his proximity to Santorum? (That question is pretty funny if you apply the alternate use of the word Santorum.)

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MashPotato July 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

That was very frothy of you

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darth July 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

not that Sic doesn’t have visions of felching any of the above, “Fair Tax John” had the vote sewn up with precincts organized by 9/12’ers, Fair Tax compadres and tea party folks… not that Sic has a legit irony in the fire in SC-1 beyond his hatred of Sanford and envy of Jim Hirni.

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lawzoo July 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Santorium playing coy about a 2016 Presidential run? He needs to be a helluva lot coyer.

Like get lost now !

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lawzoo July 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Santorum playing coy about a 2016 Presidential run? He needs to be a helluva lot coyer.

Like get lost now !

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mph July 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

His kid goes to the Citadel. Maybe he’s thinking of moving down like every other yankee.

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mph July 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

His kid goes to the Citadel. Maybe he’s thinking of moving down like every other yankee.

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SC 1 July 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Give it up guy…it’s pathetic.

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SC 1 July 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Give it up guy…it’s pathetic.

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Polyphemos July 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Santorum doesn’t play well in the Upstate, either. The area is far too complex to generalize about – as are the Pee Dee, The Deep Lowcountry, and Santee. Even the Midlands are somewhat complex.

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Slartibartfast July 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Santorum doesn’t play well in the Upstate, either. The area is far too complex to generalize about – as are the Pee Dee, The Deep Lowcountry, and Santee. Even the Midlands are somewhat complex.

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darth July 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

So how long does Rick have to be a resident ‘ere he throws a hat in the ring against Lindsey?
Talk amongst yourselves…

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darth July 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

So how long does Rick have to be a resident ‘ere he throws a hat in the ring against Lindsey?
Talk amongst yourselves…

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wayne July 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm

……Spare us from another round of Santorum’s froth…….

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wayne July 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm

……Spare us from another round of Santorum’s froth…….

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