Tom Davis Defies SC’s King And Queen

TAKE NOTES, WOULD-BE REFORMERS …  There’s been a lot of chatter in South Carolina politics this week about the dramatic floor speech given by S.C. Sen. Shane Massey (R-Aiken) in opposition to the election of liberal “former” Democrat Hugh Leatherman as Senate president. Massey waxed indignant about Leatherman’s unethical consolidation…


There’s been a lot of chatter in South Carolina politics this week about the dramatic floor speech given by S.C. Sen. Shane Massey (R-Aiken) in opposition to the election of liberal “former” Democrat Hugh Leatherman as Senate president.

Massey waxed indignant about Leatherman’s unethical consolidation of additional power unto himself, referring to the diminutive politician as a gangster orchestrating a “hit.”

It was indeed a brave, bold speech … one that drew favorable reviews from reformers (and catcalls from Leatherman’s establishment allies).

But it was just that … a speech.  After taking a page from our book (i.e. saying out loud what everyone else is thinking), Massey sat down.  He didn’t nominate anyone (or himself) to challenge Leatherman, nor did he demand a roll call vote on Leatherman’s election.

The latter job fell to S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort), who after securing a vote joined Massey as one of the only two members of the S.C. Senate to go on the record against Leatherman’s maestro-like occupation of yet another corridor of power.

The following day, after thumbing his nose at the undisputed king of Palmetto politics, Davis turned his attention to South Carolina’s Queen – a.k.a. Gov. Nikki Haley – and specifically the “reform in name only” ethics bill she’s been advancing.

With this website and other limited government/ free speech/ Second Amendment groups cheering him on, Davis successfully filibustered this fatally flawed legislation – which would have been a major step backward on multiple fronts.  Haley’s proposed law would have created a loophole for legislative lobbying, a loophole for leadership PACs (or political fundraising vehicles run by lawmakers), broad exemptions on income disclosure as well as a provision that would have allowed lawmakers to spend campaign funds on virtually anything they wanted.

Not only that, it would have shut down the freedom of the people to publicly challenge their leaders … something Haley gave us a foretaste of this week.

Davis singlehandedly shot this bill down … taking major heat from Haley’s office as well as legislative leaders in the S.C. House of Representatives.

This year hasn’t been Davis’ most productive.  He’s seen other lawmakers steal his thunder on big ticket issues – with S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy emerging as a new go-to reformer on free market tax policy, for example.

But as the session wore on, Davis rallied.  And when it came time to put up or shut up – he did what other “reformers” were afraid to do in flatly rebuking the two most powerful politicians in the state.

Davis told FITS he’s going to spend his legislative offseason working with like-minded lawmakers on tax, spending, education and ethics reform.  In fact we’ve spoken to several lawmakers who have already received calls from him about drafting bills.

Good …

There is no sharper, more principled policy mind in state government than Tom Davis – and when he’s on top of his game (as he was this past week), it’s something to behold.  And something that (if he got a little help) could result in a dramatically more prosperous, educated and ethical state.

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Scrappy June 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Who’s always fail to mention Toms courageous vote for Jean Toal. Wonder why?

Srappy June 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm


guest June 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

And fails to mention his vote in favor of the “largest budget in state history.”

CNSYD June 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Apparently Sic Willie and carpetbagger Davis are butt buddies again. I guess little Mulvaney is still out in the cold.

Smirks June 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Mulvaney stopped reading the Gospel of Howard, probably.

Tom June 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Not unless the money stopped flowing or the Koch Brothers paid more.

Dice Man June 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

A fart in a hurricane? Yet another entry in Tom’s ongoing Profiles in Courage, surpassed only by Sanford getting caught sneaking around Jenny’s backyard with his cell phone flashlight. What a douche, and a slovenly dressed one at that.

Buz Martin June 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm

The correct phase is “popcorn fart in a hurricane.”

Don Quixote June 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

What will the next sally bring?

Government doesnt limit itself June 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Limited government is, and always will be, a unicorn fantasy.

MaceSucks June 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I’m just glad he got the medical marijuana thing through and hope they can expand that to cover more illnesses soon. Never thought we’d get that in SC.

U2 June 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

If I was TOM Davis, good old TOM, as of today, I’d keep my fucking mouth SHUT!, this associate of Colden Battey. Hear me TOM ! ! !

Fits Aint No Republican June 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Fits and Leatherman share that status “former.”

Odd though that Fits,the “former” Republican seems to implicitly imply that Leatherman isnt really a “former” at all.”.Perhaps Fits is just upset that his status as a “former” is called into question here regularly?

YallCalmDown June 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm

What happened to Shealy’s bill? Oh yeah, never got out of committee. “Go-to-reformer” my ass. And she voted for Leatherman.

Apathy June 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

So did Lee Not So Bright.

tom v shealy June 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

they base results on how far right you can scream/wax on/fake. not the actual results one can muster. many’a politico realized long ago that the further right you yell – the less likely it gets passed and you can return over and over again as a ‘principled’ hero by doing virtually nothing. shealy wants to do away with income tax but doesnt even deign to cut spending. cutting taxes is popular – cutting spending, not so much. Shealy knows that and gives little of a damn for SC’s future. tommy d, he’s right behind her but running a little slower from carrying all of that water for the real queen madame Jean.

Lobeca June 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

“There is no sharper, more principled policy mind in state government than Tom Davis –” BS – He voted for the real queen – of corruption – for a few pieces of silver. Toal. He lost all that integrity hype with that one vote, Sic. Sorry Dude, he is no longer all that……

Smirks June 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Sorry Dude, he is no longer all that……

Really, most of the pols he cheerleads for aren’t either.

James June 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Two fucking useless Teabaggers…

Deo Vindice SC June 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

There are so many repub-lie-cons, t-baggers, rinos, it’s easy to get mixed up ! GOP is a wasteland of idiots, Think of the worst soap ever, times 100. Keep living in the gray area, baaahhh.

Deo Vindice SC June 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Nikki Haley, everyone. Nikki Haley !

guest June 20, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Is Tom Davis still under Sanford’s political influence? Has Fits News tried to interview Sanford on what he thought about what’s happening with the SC government?

a REAL Beaufort boy June 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Tom Davis has sold us out several times now. The vote for Jean Toal was pathetic. He has shown he is not one of us. Give him up, Sic. Don’t let him drag you down with him.

indeed June 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

Seriously Jean Toal is traditionally referred to as the ‘queen’ and let’s face it- he definitely ‘take her on’ he kneeled and kowtowed where she was concerned.

nitrat June 21, 2014 at 8:19 am

Tom Davis is the same kind of crass opportunist, searching out a great retirement system scam and government benefits while ranting against government, as his execrable buddy Mark Sanford. He suffers from Mark’s #1 affliction, too – laziness. He thought he could cruise forever on a few “NO!” votes, like Mark, but you can’t get away with that in the legislature the way Mark got away with it in Congress and the governor’s mansion.

Goober June 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm

And different from Sanford, he’s not gotten any pussy on state trips.

Pickens June 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Walgreen’s new “shingles vaccine” reminds me of the corruption existing throughout state government.

Shingles (“herpes zoster”) is a lifelong and agonizingly painful malady for which there’s no cure.

We citizens are infected with the political shingles virus, and EVERY STATE SENATOR except Davis and Massey are the carriers.

Laughing at us, the victims.

Lobeco June 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Not so fast on Davis, Pickens. What did he get for voting for Jean Toal?

GrandTango June 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

Kinda old news: Obama playing Gestapo. This site is kinda lazy:

Got some great NEW stuff, here: Is the worst over for Danny Frazier? and – WHY is Metts busted for giving illegals special treatment, not gambling related?


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