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The Race For SC Speaker Is On!

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JUST LIKE THAT …

Four South Carolina legislative leaders are making phone calls to their fellow members of the S.C. House of Representatives in an effort to become the next leader of the “GOP-controlled” chamber.

Wait … doesn’t the House already have a leader?

Yes … but he’s in a bit of trouble at the moment, and the sharks who smell blood in the water appear to be wasting little time in circling around him.

According to our sources, S.C. ways and means chairman Brian White was the first to start making calls – at around 2:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday. ¬†That’s one hour after current S.C. Speaker Bobby Harrell was indicted on nine counts of public corruption by a Richland County, S.C. grand jury.

White and Harrell are longtime allies, incidentally – another reminder of the extent to which true loyalty is nonexistent in the political process.

Since White’s entry into the race, S.C. Reps. Kenny Bingham and Jimmy Merrill – both former “Republican” majority leaders – have started making calls as well.

Another frontrunner in the race – S.C. Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas – is said to have communicated his interest in the seat to other members, but has refrained from soliciting commitments given that he may have to suspend Harrell in the wake of the indictment.