Mike Campbell Staffs Up

LITE GOV CANDIDATE ASSEMBLES CAMPAIGN TEAM There’s an old joke in Palmetto political circles about why the Campbell boys (a.k.a. the two politically inclined sons of the late Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.) have yet to find success the arena their father dominated in the 1980s. “Mike’s too short, Tumpy’s too…


There’s an old joke in Palmetto political circles about why the Campbell boys (a.k.a. the two politically inclined sons of the late Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.) have yet to find success the arena their father dominated in the 1980s.

“Mike’s too short, Tumpy’s too dumb,” the joke goes.

Wait … there’s a “Tumpy?” Yes … yes there is.

Mike Campbell has come the closest to tasting political victory – finishing first in the 2006 GOP lieutenant gubernatorial primary election before losing to incumbent Andre Bauer in a runoff race two weeks later. Campbell is running for the same seat again in 2014 – going up against former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and Gov. Nikki Haley’s hand-picked candidate, wealthy Lowcountry developer Pat McKinney.

On the Democratic side is fiscal moderate Bakari Sellers – who has been leading the charge against GOP plans to raise the state’s gas tax.

Does Campbell have a chance?

Sure …

In fact he’s put together an impressive team of operatives to manage his bid (there’s an “all the king’s horses” joke in there somewhere, we just couldn’t find it).

Leading Campbell’s finance team is Sara Brown, who has also worked for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) and U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (RINO-S.C.). Handling Campbell’s digital efforts will be former Mark Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer, who after a stint as executive director of the SCGOP now works for Wesley Donehue’s Push family of companies. Running Campbell’s political shop is another former SCGOP executive director – Alex Stroman.

Then there’s the guy who assembled this team – Campbell’s top consultant Hogan Gidley.

A senior strategist at Brabender Cox, Gidley previously served as national communications director for Rick Santorum’s presidential bid. Prior to that, he was director of communications for Mike Huckabee and executive director of “HuckPAC.” Before that he, too, served as the executive director of the SCGOP and worked on behalf of a number of Republican candidates, including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole (RINO-N.C.).

He’s also a friggin’ beast in the gym, ladies …

So … can this assemblage of talent lift Campbell through a brutal GOP primary against two well-funded opponents?

Guess we’ll find out soon enough …

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Bible Thumper April 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

Nothing here to help a voter to decide. Perhaps you might discuss some significant details like his accomplishments or platform.

CNSYD April 29, 2014 at 9:51 am

He is Carroll Campbell’s son and he has a R after his name. What more could you possibly need to know?

Dice Man April 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

How come consultants can have losing pedigrees and still be considered rainmakers?

Colin Ross April 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

thats alot of money to spend on a useless position

southmauldin April 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

Campbell, as every other politician who has held the seat, is going to use it as a stepping stone. Not that the guy will win or anything, though. Even with all of those consultants taking his money.

nitrat April 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

‘Try’ to use it as a stepping stone.
It never works, but our guys just keep trying.

Jem April 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

Most of the old guard who long for the days of Carroll Campbell are probably more inclined to support Henry McMaster than Carroll’s own son. The Campbell name has been out of office for two decades so its not inconceivable that Mike should just find a legislative seat to run for.

MensaBeWare April 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm

If Mike is the smart one, then we should all be worried. He is the one who couldn’t manage to finish college despite the fact his dad was governor at the time, right? Or am i remembering that one wrong.

Mikey April 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Alex Stroman just quit as PR guy for douchebag Curtis Loftis last week. Alex says that Curtis is a complete moron and did not want to continue to work for him. Alex is a good guy, Curtis is again, an incompetent boob.

Jimmy April 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Curtis and Alex are friends. Curt is friends with Alex’s parents. Alex helped on Curt’s first campaign. Alex loves campaigns, not so much for government service. Alex is happy so Curt is happy.

Guest April 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Ain’t the way I heard it. Heard there was a major falling out last week. Got this from a STO insider who heard the whole row.

Jimmy April 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

well then either you or he are a liar. I know them both very well. You can hate Loftis all you want, but leave Alex out of it.
They are on fine terms. Call them and ask.

Guest April 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

You seem to be overly defensive about my post. I really can’t understand why since nothing in my post can be interpreted as hating Loftis. Like a lot of things you read on the internet, the information is only as good as the source and I have no reason to not believe someone who works in the Treasurer’s office.

Jimmy April 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I may defensive because I like Alex and don’t want him scammed by some anonymous poster. You can call either Alex or the Tras. so go to it. Ask the guys involved.

Just the facts, man April 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Why are you getting upset over a comment on a site such as this? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine there was something going on between Alex and Curtis. Why else would a young fellow leave a $75,000/year salary to go work for a political campaign that can’t pay him anything close to that figure. In addition to that fact, if Mike Campbell loses the primary, Alex is left unemployed at least until someone else picks him up. No slam on Alex by any means. Nobody can stomach working with Loftis. Alex isn’t the first. As a matter of fact, he’s the third in less than a year. Loftis is a disgrace to our state. It’s a good move on Alex’s part to distance himself from the likes of Loftis, don’t want that kind of reputation rubbing off.

Town Crier April 30, 2014 at 6:59 am

Of course they are both saying its all good. One is delusional and in denial, and the other is too much of a professional to say otherwise. I’ll let y’all figure out which one is which.

Guest April 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

Outstanding analysis!

Stinkbait April 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

— gawdamightydamn, here we go again!! Where do you get the Sellars bumper stickers?

CorruptionInColumbia April 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Just what we need, another GD birthright politician.
“My daddy was elected to high office so you need to elect me, too.”

ho hum April 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

if only people would remember some of the names that filled the Campbell administration, their testimonies, the allegations that surfaced as a result of Lost Trust and the relationship he had with Ron Cobb then this midget would never appear in daylight. But we do live in the age of Sanford and Ravenel.

Grifters April 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

US Rep Tom Rice is leading his “finance team?” it’s good that his $164k a year Congressional job gives Rice that much free time.


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