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“Reformer” Cuts A Deal




This website has generally had good things to say about S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley). His voting record is more fiscally conservative than most “Republicans” in the State Senate, and he’s played a key leadership role in the past on expanded parental choice – an issue that’s obviously very important to the future of the Palmetto State.

For these reasons, we endorsed Grooms’ 2013 bid for the U.S. Congress – although last fall we ripped him in no uncertain terms for his role in promoting a totally unnecessary Lowcountry highway boondoggle.

“Grooms sold us out on this one … and as a result we will think long and hard before we ever endorse him for higher office again,” we wrote at the time.

Well Grooms’ sellout is picking up momentum …

Rather than standing firm against the unnecessary expansion of South Carolina’s bloated government-run system of higher education, Grooms has been leading the charge in support of this wasteful spending – working with uber-liberal S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell to force “research university status” for the College of Charleston.

Missed his role in that drama? Here’s a refresher …

Now, sources familiar with the situation tell us Grooms has struck a deal to vote for S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman (RINO-Florence) in this week’s election for Senate President.  In fact since we last wrote about this race, Leatherman has dramatically expanded his vote total – with seventeen Democrats and as many as ten “Republicans” (including Grooms) agreeing to support his bid for Senate President.

That’s easily enough votes to deliver this powerful post to the diminutive former Democrat – who is already the most powerful politician in state government given his chairmanship of the Senate’s finance committee and his seat on the S.C. Budget and Control Board (SCBCB).

So … what did Grooms receive in exchange for his vote? According to our sources, the veteran lawmaker will receive a finance subcommittee chairmanship position from Leatherman.  In fact he has reportedly been promised the subcommittee chairmanship being vacated by S.C. Sen. Yancey McGill (D-Williamsburg) – who is leaving the Senate to serve as lieutenant governor for the next six months.

We’re sure Grooms – always ready with an excuse – will argue that his new position enables him to better protect taxpayers. And we’re certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on that.

But when you make a deal with the devil, the devil has demands … and Grooms’ waning commitment to taxpayers’ bottom line renders any promise of “protection” laughable.

He’s part of the dark side now …