Rick Wade And The SC Democratic Retreat

“MINORITY PARTY” CANDIDATES DROPPING LIKE FLIES … Three months after filing paperwork to run against U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), former Barack Obama official Rick Wade has officially dropped out of the race. “Thank you to everyone who joined me on this journey,” Wade wrote on his Facebook page. Wade…


Three months after filing paperwork to run against U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), former Barack Obama official Rick Wade has officially dropped out of the race.

“Thank you to everyone who joined me on this journey,” Wade wrote on his Facebook page.

Wade – who ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 2002 – said there wasn’t enough time for him to raise the money needed to mount a credible challenge to Scott, one of the few pro-free market votes in the U.S. Senate.

His decision deprives South Carolina Democrats of one of their most credible candidates. After earning a master’s degree from Harvard – Wade held several staff positions in gubernatorial administrations and top legislative committees at the S.C. State House. A key Obama supporter in 2008, he was rewarded for his efforts with a post at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Wade is the second Democrat to bow out of a statewide race this week. S.C. Rep. Michael Anthony – considered a favorite to win his party’s nomination for S.C. Superintendent of Education – abruptly pulled out of that race on Wednesday. Anthony said his decision was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family.

Wade and Anthony’s decisions come as the gubernatorial campaign of S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) has reached its nadir. Sheheen – who gave incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley a run for her money in 2010 – simply isn’t catching fire this go-round, and has made several critical tactical mistakes that have effectively killed his candidacy.

Most notably this one … 

Meanwhile Haley – who has a liberal-friendly record on taxesspendingeducation and government-subsidized health care – has been able to minimize liberal opposition by running hard to the left (which she’s been able to get away with because she’s drawing no challenge whatsoever from the right).

The only Democrat who has picked up some traction statewide? S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers – who is running for lieutenant governor. Sellers has staked out some aggressively pro-taxpayer ground – which has been a pleasant surprise (and an interesting contrast to South Carolina’s tax-and-spend “Republican” majority).

If Sellers is able to pull off a surprise upset – or at least put up a good number statewide – it could result in a fundamental realignment of the perpetual minority party’s policies.

We have long stated that the best way for Democrats to effectively challenge the Palmetto State’s fiscally liberal GOP is to find ways to outflank “Republican” candidates to the right on bread and butter tax-and-spending issues.

So far, Sellers is the only Democrat who seems to get that.

The rest of them? Yeah … not so much.

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Ha Ha March 7, 2014 at 8:15 am

A silly article.

Sellers has no chance of being elected LG and the idea that the Democrats would even want to “outflank” the SC Republican Paert,lready one of the most RightWing State parties in the country is ludicrous.

Whats wrong Fits?Celebrating April Fools Day early?

Frank Pytel March 7, 2014 at 8:37 am

I hear a lot of ‘Credible Candidates’ having come from Harvard, Princeton, etc. Look where that’s got us.

These people are no longer credible to me. I have no understanding how they could be credible to anyone. I hear these exclusionary school names and I am no longer interested in the candidate, Repulicrat or Demlican.

vicupstate March 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

I agree. Ted Cruz for example.

Frank Pytel March 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

And Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid, Boehner and the rest of them. You guys like to be fracking smart asses. You don’t want to really discuss anything. Just troll around and be jackasses.

Tom March 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

Well unless you living in California, Utah, or Ohio, who cares if you are interested in Pelosi, Reid or Boehner. What business is it of yours? They have no plans to run for national office.

Jackie Chiles March 7, 2014 at 11:38 am

You know of Pelosi’s Reid’s and Boehner’s plans for the future?

SCBlueWoman March 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

They aren’t potential Presidential candidates. The jackasses aren’t relegated to the left.

vicupstate March 7, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Did Pelosi, Reid and Boehner even go to Ivy League schools? Surely Boehner didn’t.

I simply pointed out your double standard. If a Democrat went to a prestigious school, they are elitist snobs, but if a Republican went there they aren’t

Similarly, the wing nuts tried to accuse Obama of being foreign born, and thus ineligible for POTUS . Yet they see no problem with Cruz running, who has even less claim to US citizenship.

The Colonel March 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Boehner – Xavier, BA Business
Pelosi – Trinity Washington University, BA Political Science
Reid – Utah State, Doubles in Political Science and History, George Washington University Juris Doctorate

Smirks March 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

“The way liberals could beat their opponents is by not being liberals!”

Cool story bro.

I think that’s what they call “selling out.” It honestly baffles my mind you haven’t figured that out yet.

Here’s a question: If someone told you that your traffic would be ten times higher if you “outflanked” SC liberals on welfare reforms and progressive taxes, would you agree with them and change your ideology?

Here’s another question: If someone PROVED to you that such an outcome would definitely happen, would you still compromise your current beliefs and run a site entirely countered against what you believe? Would you fake it to make it?

I can respect someone who says what they truly believe, even if it is something I disagree with, even if it is something that is entirely dumb, if for nothing else than that they are being honest and open. I can’t respect someone who says and does crap they don’t believe just to get ahead, especially if it is to obtain a public office.

Go vote for the drunk driver if you want, though.

Paladin March 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

By drunk driver, do you mean Ted Vick? He’s dropped out, too. But don’t hold your breath waiting for him to suffer any consequences of his 2 DUIs and other charges.

Frank Pytel March 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

Respectfully Fitsnews. I’m out. To many damn trolls. Zero Discussions

johnq March 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Bye asshole. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

If it is censorship you want you would be at the top of the list if it was implemented. As if the majority of your posts are “discussion” oriented. You just can’t stand that people aren’t cheering rightwing nut job posts anymore and are getting tired of so called conservative hypocrites.

Sarah Palin Forever! March 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

From a guy who claimed that he voted for Obama because he wanted the country to collapse,that used the usual Right Wing code words “libtard” etc. during “discussions” and oddly claimed not to be a Republican while obviously supporting their agenda in totality and directing his criticisms almost exclusively at Democrats.

So long Frank.Try Red state or one of those other Right Wing sites.You can even admit you are a Republican while joining the general mockery of those GOPers to the Left of Ted Cruz.

You will be a much happier person.

Au Revoir!

west_rhino March 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

He’d do better (in the general election) by running against Grahamnesty…

ThreePalms March 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm

It says a great deal about the Republican party in South Carolina when both Republican US Senators are running for re-election and at least a half dozen teaparty candidates are running for Graham’s seat and none are running against Scott. Scott is the appointed teaparty Congressman who has yet to demonstrate that he can win any race outside of Charleston County and would be the easier opponent to run against.

SparkleCity March 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Face it:

For the near future South Carolina is a one party state. That is for either the ills or gains it will yield.

Ain’t nobody with a Democrat after their name going to get elected.

I truly believe the present “Southern Democrat” is the perfect blend and solution to the problems in South Carolina (and the South in general) but in this state it is presently pissing in the wind.

As an Independent I get on joy in saying that

Boyd Brown bra March 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I think it is funny that you think Sellers is mounting a credible campaign. 56-44 random GOPer defeats him.

Face Reality March 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

I think its funny that you apparently believe SC. Is anything other than a hardcore Republican state.

“Credible campaign?”Whats that got to do with anything?The Republican candidate is going to win because he is a Republican.The campaign has nothing to do with it.


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