The Race For SC Speaker Is On!

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…


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.

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The Colonel September 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

“The Race For SC Speaker Is On!” and Will Folks is having a field day!

You know you have good friends when they start calling your other good friends about filling your job before you’ve even left it…

Will Folks aka Sic September 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Yeah Liz is calling people looking to knock me off LOL.

The Colonel September 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I’ll admit to being hard on you this week but you really desire deserve credit for pushing this one. Watch your back though, we can only take so many fashion and food posts.

CorruptionInColumbia September 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

That “tap talk” or like iteration can be a bitch can’t it?

Squishy123 September 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Do you think she’ll need to make more than one call?

Ky September 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Will folks for speaker. You heard it first.

E Norma Scok September 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Aaaaandd Last.

The Colonel September 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm


Halfvast Conspirator September 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Doesn’t take long for the rats to turn on the weak one

Colonel Angus September 11, 2014 at 12:01 am

I like that image: Harrell literally being bitten by hungry, filthy, diseased, street rats that squeal loudly when they take a chunk out of his back and he responds with a lunge. Only to find that another rat has locked itself onto his face… and others are at his ankles, hands, neck… and soon he’s overwhelmed by 123 rats savaging his body from all angles, like the dead eaten at Gettysburg.

Inciteful September 10, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Reminds me of the kids in the parlor dividing up their daddy’s holdings while daddy’s sick in bed upstairs not dead yet. The kids best hope pappa doesn’t come down and listen at the door.

Just another person September 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I have a feeling Bobby Harrell will be back like cooked crack.

The Colonel September 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Hey, hey, hey, no buzz kill – at least give us a day or two..

Philip Branton September 11, 2014 at 6:34 am


BRAVO……… +5 points and a lime for your Corona…..

ALERT September 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm


EREY September 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Kenny Bingham?? PLEASE! No more Lexington County politicians in positions of leadership in this state!!!! Bingham is a tax and spend liberal–his firm is getting $$$ from the Lexington County one cent sales tax rape. He needs to GO, not get PROMOTED!!

john dozier September 10, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I have found Mr. Bingham to be an honorable man in my dealings with him. He is also one of the few rational members of the legislature, trained as an engineer to demand facts, not rumor and innuendo. I think he would be an honest and ethical speaker.

HappyKat September 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

It is a great day in South Carolina! Kudos to Dan Tripp – the only House Member who would not endorse Bobby Harrell for Speaker!!

Philip Branton September 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

Dear “Jay Carney”…..

Yep you bucko……the one sitting there beside Nikki Haley watching TVeyez ..!!

By God…….if you do not understand how it is YOU that is being crucified………then let me remind you of a story about Pontius Pilate

………who was the person whispering into Pontius Pilate’s ear of how this LOOKED to the mob….?

{Boomerang 101, 404, 901………}

Philip Branton September 11, 2014 at 7:27 am

****….meanwhile, thoughts Brian Hicks had while walking along Sullivan’s Island…***

Brian: ” I just don’t know if I can take this cruddy job at the Post and Courier very much longer…”

Conscience voice: ” yeah… much longer are you going to carry the water for those punks…”

Brian: “It was so nice to have a word with Jenny Sanford this morning while she strolled along the beach with me….kinda reminded me about a scene from Wallstreet and Gordon Gecko…..”

Conscience Voice: ” Too bad you did not have the guts to ask Jenny Sanford how she would have made a call to Bobby Harrell if she was still first lady..!!!”

Brian Hicks: “God….maybe I need to learn Italian….”

Conscience Voice: “Maybe you need to learn ………Bobby “Harrel-lian”…!

Brian Hicks: “I wonder where Glenn McConnell takes his morning strolls with Lindsey Graham…”

MmmHmmm September 11, 2014 at 10:43 am

Since you don’t have to be a member to be Speaker, when do you start pimping T Rav or Tom Davis?


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