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 …