Up until this week, S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-York) was running for lieutenant governor of South Carolina … his latest attempt to climb the Palmetto State’s political ladder. In fact Norman had reportedly gone so far as to choose his successor at the State House – York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant.
Yet after a recent visit from Pat McKinney – S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s hand-picked lieutenant gubernatorial candidate – Norman now says he has changed his mind.
Local cable television station CN2 interviewed Norman this week – who confirmed the meeting with McKinney as well as decision not to seek the lieutenant governor’s office.
In fact we’re told Norman – a wealthy developer – stroked a check to the campaign of McKinney, another wealthy developer.
McKinney was recruited last year by Haley to run against incumbent Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, who sparred with the governor during his tenure as president of the State Senate. McConnell – who inherited the part-time, largely ceremonial office in 2012 – has yet to announce whether he will seek a full term in 2014.
Most expect McConnell to announce that he will not campaign for the office – part of his bid to become the next president of the College of Charleston.
On the Democratic side, S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers of Bamberg, S.C. has been openly campaigning for the seat for several months. A young, moderate Democrat – Sellers has been running a decidedly centrist campaign in an effort to court a growing bloc of independent voters.