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Major SC Lobbyist Shakeup

One of the Palmetto State’s most formidable lobbying firms has splintered, multiple sources have confirmed to FITS. Veteran liberal lobbyist Ken Kinard – who joined forces with “Republican” kingmaker Warren Tompkins in 2001 – has decided to leave Tompkins Kinard and Associates after a dozen years. Also departing? Graham Tew,…

One of the Palmetto State’s most formidable lobbying firms has splintered, multiple sources have confirmed to FITS.

Veteran liberal lobbyist Ken Kinard – who joined forces with “Republican” kingmaker Warren Tompkins in 2001 – has decided to leave Tompkins Kinard and Associates after a dozen years. Also departing? Graham Tew, the firm’s top lobbyist.

The departure of Kinard and Tew from Tompkins’ orbit represents the latest erosion of a center-left power base which dominated South Carolina politics for much of the “Lost Decade” of the 2000s.

Tompkins was the lead South Carolina consultant on the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. His political firm also helped to elect dozens of fiscally liberal “Republican” candidates to statewide and legislative office.

He worked for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2008.

Tompkins’ status has been on the wane ever since Bush left office, though.

“Warren doesn’t have that national pull anymore,” one State House insider told FITS.

Also, South Carolinians have – to some extent – figured out that the majority of his clients were nothing but Democrats in disguise. Of course dozens of Tompkins’ clients remain in key leadership positions at the S.C. State House.

On the lobbying side, Tompkins has represented numerous center-left special interests – including those affiliated with the state’s failed government-run education establishment.

Frankly, we’re glad to see Tompkins’ empire – and his credibility – continue to crumble. The man is an ideological fraud who habitually used his influence to keep the Palmetto State stuck in neutral. However it’s ridiculous to assume that there won’t be another snake oil salesman rising up his place – eager to tell us just how “conservative” this or that South Carolina “Republican” is.

In fact dozens of such shysters are already hard at work filling the void Tompkins’ decline has created …

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11 comments

sweepin October 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Perhaps, Warren will start a blog shilling for the anti-Howard Rich. Somebody’s got to help him make the mortgage.

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johnq October 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Democrats in disguise? You fucking idiot!

The republicans haven’t moved our state off the bottom rung nationwide in over 30 years. Our state is last or in the bottom 3 of quality of life issues and has been for more than a generation.

Name one god damn thing your mealy mouthed republican corporate whores plan on doing to advance the average mans quality of life? I bet you can name one fucking thing. Maybe you should just change this to a sports blog because you sure as shit don’t have a clue about what the average family in South Carolina goes through.

Did it ever cross your “tea party conservative” addled mind that even the dumb fuck brain dead voters in South Carolina might one day wise up and be done with you fools?

I think this day may be closer than you think.

Democrat in disguise, what an ignorant fucking comment! They suck republican dick for cash just like you do.

Fuck you FITS

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Gillon October 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

You have to understand. It’s not the Republicans and their Libertarian friends who are at fault. It’s the Democrats’ fault for hanging around and giving the Republicans someone to emulate.

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jimlewisowb October 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Cockroaches eating other cockroaches ain’t news

Now if you have some photos of cockroaches fucking someone else other than taxpayers up the ass, post them

That may qualify as news

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State House squirrel October 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Didn’t the brainless little doe boy whiner Jason Polasky work with them for a while?

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nitrat October 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Is a ‘doe’ boy different from a ‘dough’ boy?
If so, how, please?

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Doe a deer a ? October 8, 2013 at 6:40 am

He doe no. He funne do.

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State House squirrel October 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

He is a doe boy, a man girl, a girlsih man. I saw him cry like a little girl once when he was on the losing side of a race.

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ThreePalms October 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

just how “conservative” this or that South Carolina “Republican” is
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/10/07/major-sc-lobbyist-shakeup/#i2IboL8pYKAt33kI.99
just how “conservative” this or that South Carolina “Republican” is
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/10/07/major-sc-lobbyist-shakeup/#i2IboL8pYKAt33kI.99
tell us just how “conservative” this or that South Carolina “Republican” is.
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/10/07/major-sc-lobbyist-shakeup/#i2IboL8pYKAt33kI.99
All this time I thought “tell[ing[ us how ‘conservative’ this or that South Carolina ‘Republican’ is” was your job, Fits.

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kirby October 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm

lobbyist have as much credibility as your average street ho’, and both can leave you with gifts that keep on giving after the fun is over.

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Wilbur Storey October 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Well, Will, looks like you’ve pissed off JOHN Q a tad with your gratuitous labeling, which didn’t serve much of a purpose in reporting about the Tompkins Kinard group splintering. Truth be told, all those guys are all smart, talented political players who are moderates by real-world standards.

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