Kim Murphy: My Endorsement Of Meka Childs

Dear Friends, I have been asked to weigh-in on the SC Superintendent of Education race in advance of next week’s Primary on Tuesday, June 10th.  To me, it is difficult to send out a public endorsement for one candidate over another since I personally know some of them and one candidate works…

Dear Friends,

I have been asked to weigh-in on the SC Superintendent of Education race in advance of next week’s Primary on Tuesday, June 10th.  To me, it is difficult to send out a public endorsement for one candidate over another since I personally know some of them and one candidate works tirelessly for related causes that are near and dear to my heart.

Of the thirteen candidates vying for SC Superintendent of Education (8 Republicans, 4 Democrats and one candidate from the American party), I firmly believe that Republican Meka Childs is the best candidate to serve us in this position because of her experience, qualifications, depth of knowledge and beliefs.  She is very well-rounded in the field of education, policy-making and is an advocate for taxpayers’ and their limited resourcesEliminating federal overreach — like that with Common Core has been and will continue to be one of her areas of focus.  And, as a former teacher, so is attracting and retaining that which matters most in our children’s classrooms – the very best teachers.

You know me; I am passionate about the subject.  I have been involved with my school district for many years as a parent in the public school system, taxpayer and even more so as an elected school board member.  I’ve also homeschooled.  Overall, my district is very good, particularly at the school level. That being said, I have been discouraged with the resistance from the district leadership to totally concentrate efforts and resources on providing our children a good, sound education, while being transparent and accountable to taxpayers – a tendency, unfortunately, found in many school districts in South Carolina.

I am also discouraged that, throughout South Carolina, district leaders and their conglomerate of associations protect the things that you and I feel should be improved in the public education system at the federal, state and local level.  And, for some reason, they refuse to embrace other opportunities available to parents to educate their children.

Meka’s the one for the job.  I had the opportunity to first meet her while she served as Senior Education Policy Advisor to Governor Mark Sanford.  Following her work with the Governor, she entered the private sector to serve as the Director of Legislative and Political Analysis at SC BIPEC working with business and industry leaders and members of the General Assembly to anticipate the impact of legislation on the State’s business climate.  Most recently, Meka served as Deputy Superintendent at the SC Dept of Education reporting directly to Republican SC Superintendent of Education General Mick Zais. (Meka’s bio and Pledge are attached.  The documents speak for themselves!)

I have a favor to ask…Nothing can be more important than our children’s future.  But, all too often, voters go to the polls unsure of the candidate who will receive their vote and end up casting it based on “name recognition” or, in other words, to the one with the most signs… not the most qualified… or the one who best represents our beliefs.  (There is a candidate running as a Republican that I find difficult to support.  She is predominantly backed and well-funded by attorneys, consultants and contractors and others who make hundreds and thousands — if not millions — of our tax dollars under the guise of “it’s for the children” and state-wide associations who fight hard to protect the status quo.  Lists showing campaign contributions can be found at  Because so many votes are cast in this manner, your vote is extra important.

If you have any questions or want to talk with me directly, you can call me 803-446-6565 or contact Meka at 803-605-5927or  She would welcome any questions, assistance with her campaign to get the word out and any financial contribution to offset her costs in this race.

Thank so much for your time and consideration!



P.S.  Here are a few names from Meka’s endorsement list representing support thorough the state:  SC Superintendent of Education General Mick Zais, Sen. Tom Davis – Beaufort, Rep. Ralph Norman – Rock Hill, Sen. Kevin Bryant – Anderson, Rep. Eric Bedingfield – Belton, SC Club for Growth, Jenny Sanford, Rep. Mike Burns – Taylors, Speaker Pro Tempore, Jay Lucas – Hartsville, Sen. Mike Fair – Greenville, Rep. Kris Crawford – Florence, Rep. Phil Owens – Easley, Joshua Putnam – Piedmont, Rep. Bill Taylor – Aiken, Kirkman Finlay – Columbia!

P.S.S.  The Republican Primary is June 10th and the Republican Primary Run-off is June 24th.

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southmauldin June 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Uh, an endorsement from her is not a positive. How much tax money did she waste in opposing the expansion of Chapin High?

OK June 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

over 10 Million! and lost EVERY SINGLE TIME she showed up in court all the way to the SC Supreme Court!

Paul June 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

Actually it is 12 million, go to the page below and read the depositions of Kim and her band of elderly “experts” in the case.

TwoAgainstNature June 7, 2014 at 7:33 am

My fave is how the attorneys had a field day with the good Mr Duncan. Seems he’s been rather quiet since then. Imagine, getting a new one that big at his age. Wow. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Cousin Paul.

ALG Sucks June 7, 2014 at 7:05 am

If Kim Murphy supports her what is next? Maybe a article from Howie Rich supporting her as well?

Emily Peterkin June 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Racist Liberals…so typical.

southmauldin June 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I’m racist because I don’t support a black candidate who is supported by a white tea party nutjob who wasted millions of taxpayer dollars tilting at windmills? And I’m liberal as well? Are you the adopted lovechild of Rush Limbaugh and Big T/Grand T?

Emily Peterkin June 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Yes, GT’s my new man! I ape everything he does and post it on The State newspaper and Charleston City Paper. He’s so smart.

anonymous June 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Mike Fair’s endorsement means she will support First Steps so I won’t vote for her.

Bible Thumper June 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Childs is educated, experienced, intelligent, and personable. She supports choice, but wants public schools to be the best choice possible. AND IF YOU DIDN’T NOTICE SHE’S BLACK!!! It’s dangerous for our country’s future for one party to be perceived as the WHITE party.

GOP: See We Care! June 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I take it YOU noticed and prefixed it with “educated, expirienced, intelligent…” I think it’s a no given, but spell it out nonetheless…

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

She seems ‘articulate’ and ‘clean’ to TBG.

“This is a big fucking deal!”

district5mom June 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Kim Murphy supports this candidate? Well, now we all know NOT to vote for her. Thanks Kim!

Soft Sigh from Hell June 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I was thinking the same via Mike Fair.

Squishy123 June 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

But Jenny Sanford backs her… so that’s a given, “will go vote to just vote against her”.

Squishy123 June 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

How about we put a teacher in that position, instead of an administrator.

Jack June 7, 2014 at 1:24 am

I agree that someone with classroom experience is an added value, which is why Meka is a great choice. She was a middle school teacher at Dent Middle School before joining the Sanford administration!

duh! June 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Is that midwestern “speak”?

Squishy123 June 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Sorry I didn’t Cletus it up enough for those that can only understand hillbilly.

Bible Thumper June 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Jon Meis, 22, (Electrical Engineering student) overcame the gunman at Seattle Pacific University. Big hurrah! for all the Geeks.

Smirks June 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Dude looks like a total nerd, but he’s doing the “balls of steel” walk. Kudos to him.

Dave Mustache June 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I heard the shooter was an Tea Baggn’ Megadeth fan.

Dave Mustache June 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Sorry, I meant to add: what the fuck does this have to do with Murphy or Childs? Fillng in for Tango??

Bible Thumper June 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Will is off today. Fill ‘ n in for him.

Bible Thumper June 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

May have been anti Christian hate crime. Occurred at a Christian college. There is a picture showing the shooter at bar with two hooter style girls wearing a tea shirt with “GOD BLOCK” ministries printed on it. He was obsessed Columbine and visited it.

junior justice June 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

“Dear Friends” —- I will never be your friend until you learn to keep your thoughts to 200 words or less. I have already read a book this week. Thank you.

Concerned Citizen June 6, 2014 at 5:17 pm Who gives a rats ass about Meka? She’s an establishment hack supported by the Grahamnesty bunch. Her real name is Bertha, I swear! And she’s the chosen one because they want to get rid of this office as we know it and turn it into another bureaucracy where we can never control the spending! She copies everyone else’s platform and she’s just downright creepy as all hell. The GOP agenda is to have the GOVERNOR control education, not a superintendent and not we the people! It’s on the record and it is a fact. Mark Sanford was being pressured to endorse her but when he refused, they got his ex to do it, as if SHE means anything lol. WHY do you think all the legislators are endorsing her? Wake up sheeple. She says she wants to take the rutledge building out of our schools? haha but she is running for that office – doesnt even pass the smell test!

Bible Thumper June 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I saw youtube. Bertha seems good to me. The governor should choose the Superintendent. Exit polls show that voters can’t answer who they voted in all these constitution offices. This is right after they left the polls.

Imagine if the four Haley appointments who have left office had been appointed. Imagine four Ken Ards nearly impossible to remove or requiring court action.

Quiz: Who holds these offices? What are there job responsibilities? How have they done.
Lieutenant Governor:
Secretary of State:
Attorney General:
Comptroller General:
Superintendent of Education:
Adjutant General:
Commissioner of Agriculture:

I doubt many voters are anywhere near as informed about these offices as they are about House, Senate, or Governorship. Let the governor appoint and the Senate approve.

Smirks June 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I respect a voter who admits they don’t know who is who in one office race and chooses to abstain in that instance. It is a lost art. Pick-a-random-clod and straight ticket voting is what kills this state. People casting their vote for people they have no frigging clue about deserve a swift kick in the privates.

Concerned Citizen June 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Who exactly asked Kim to weigh in??

Rakkasan June 7, 2014 at 2:13 am


Beartrkkr June 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Nothing like a bat chit crazy endorsement to get me wanting to vote for her.

Isn’t it about time to sue Lexington-Richland 5 again?

Rakkasan June 7, 2014 at 1:04 am

Hey Kimmie. When you tell us the names of the anti-tax ass clowns who used you as the front clown for years, then you get to weigh in. That includes the ones from out of state. Especially the ones who said, “eff the kids that that need services, let DSS take care of that,” knowing full well they would not.

SCBlues June 7, 2014 at 6:25 am

And inquiring minds want to know if Meka Childs is elected will FITS follow his usual pattern of insulting black people and refer to her as Superintendent-Hood on this site??

Squishy123 June 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Well if the trend continues, it’s bound to be a given that once she gets into office things will start getting more and more fucked up. But as long as she’s able to afford that used luxury car she won’t care.

SCBlues June 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Is it a given that “things will start getting more and more fucked up” because she is black? What kind of used luxury car does she drive?

Squishy123 June 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Not a given, but odds are in favor if it happening.

Probability is best in something along the Nissan or Infinity line. If she prefers something more domestic, I’d go with a Chrysler product… maybe a 300.

??? June 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

Nice! Now who the hell is Kim Murphy?

Rakkasan June 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

Club for Growth and public education. Is that Drown Education in a Bathtub? Hey, let’s all vote for that. Line forms on the right. No, further right–over there.

Squishy123 June 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Why is she running as a Republican candidate? Does it really matter whether the Supt. of Education is Republican or Democrat? Is she running as a Republican just to get Whitey’s vote?

Go Meka anyway June 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Great! I support Meka, but now since Kim Murphy endorsed her, I hope voters in the district don’t hear about the endorsement. It is a heavy Republican area and they hate Ms. Murphy more than any public official I’ve ever seen.

Squishy123 June 11, 2014 at 11:18 am

Well the Will Folks endorsement seemed to go as expected, she came in fucking last.

Cat June 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Squishy – How did you do your math?? Childs would have been a good supt. of ed — not because of an endorsement from Folks or Murphy or anyone else. She (like Atwater) are very qualified. On to beating Spearman… the Dem in Republican clothing. Spearman: Anti-school choice, tax-guzzling, pro-liberal agenda whore.


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