GOP Establishment Stands With Bobby Harrell

SUSPENDED SPEAKER RECEIVES FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM PARTY GROUPS Suspended S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell is in a world of political hurt at the moment … but two key cogs in the GOP establishment are standing with him. Both the S.C. House Republican Caucus and the Charleston County Republican Party…


Suspended S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell is in a world of political hurt at the moment … but two key cogs in the GOP establishment are standing with him.

Both the S.C. House Republican Caucus and the Charleston County Republican Party stroked checks to the embattled legislative leader’s reelection campaign this week.

The SC House GOP sent Harrell $4,000, while the Charleston County GOP sent him $1,000. That maxes out the level of party support Harrell can receive during the current election cycle …

Sources close to Harrell say he has received numerous other offers of financial support in the wake of his indictment – including small-dollar campaign contributions as well as offers to host fundraisers from wealthy donors.

Harrell faces Democrat Mary Tinkler on November 4.

Not all “Republicans” are on board with Harrell, though.  S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has urged him to resign, and told reporters last week

Harrell – who voluntarily stepped down from his leadership post in the wake of a nine-count public corruption indictment – has been replaced on an interim basis by S.C. Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas.

In fact, multiple lawmakers tell FITS Lucas has secured the votes to replace Harrell as Speaker regardless of what happens with his criminal case.


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SC Political Digest September 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Hmmm..Didn’t FITS SCREAM for Due Process for the Child-murdering Boston Jihadists???….

Funny how these hypocrite Liberal-Tarians have a different set of laws – that don’t exist – for the Republicans they hate…but they’ll whore themselves for the terrorists who have declared war on our people…because they hate George Bush, more than they hate God and laws against dope.

Wonder why you, and Ravenel are at 2%???…which is Exactly the number of mentally ill, tin-foilers, that vote…LMAO…

Saluda Rapids September 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Why are you laughing your ass off at yourself? Mentally ill, tin-foilers, that vote (that’s you, except for the voting part, b/c you are probably too lazy to get off your ass and vote on Election Day). You keep supporting the Haley’s and Harrell’s of this world. YOU are what is wrong with our society. Digest that.

Halfvast Conspirator September 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm

That’ll all go to Gedney and his boys, might as well just send it directly to them without laundering it through Harrell

Hippocritters Everywhere September 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I wonder a couple of things about this situation:

#1 Does any card carrying member of the GOP have even one ounce of shame over this?
#2 If any of them do, will they actually do something about it?

Or will they just sit by, like all the “anti-war” Democrats do while the Black Jesus drone strikes the world and announces new land offenses?

Michael J. Stefonick September 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

God knows I did my part. The GOP has been an embarrassment from my perspective. Harrell will not be the only one not going back to Columbia.

Philip Branton September 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

***….meanwhile, over at the Gilda Cobb-Hunter headquarters in Orangeburg…****

Gilda: ” No, I am not going to say a word….”

Robert Ford: “Gilda, you have too…the boys over at the EX/Im Bank are sitting ducks. ( ) Do you know how much GE, and BOEING and Caterpillar ships through the Charleston Port..? ”

Gilda ” Yep, sure do…..and I am going to OWN it once I pay a visit to see Lin Bennett and Jim Clyburn…..!! ”

Robert Ford: ” Oh, you still hold a grudge from the Dubai Ports snookering with Tyson’s Chicken….1! ”

Gilda: ” I know how to roost…… “

Voice of Reason September 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The meds. Jesus, the meds. Someone give him his meds.

anonymous September 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm

It doesn’t matter which GOP folks are supporting Harrell – there is one Democratic Party operative that Harrell must have to survive – Jean Hoefer Toal. She will decide which judge hears the motions and the trial. Just like when “they” got word Judge Hood was not as liberal leaning with Harrell as say, Judge Manning, you remember who came riding in at Toal’s direction. Let’s see if Toal will protect Harrell like he did her in February or whether she will let him slide since he has already paid in advance….

Philip Branton September 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Interesting prism…..

Millions of Citizens September 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

It would be suicide for Toal to now go out on a limb for this douche. She already has stuck her foot into a bear trap. Surely she wants to keep her head from the public’s ‘silver platter.’

Tunes'n'News September 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Whenever a U.S. politician says he’s standing with you, you get lip service, then you get completely screwed as the U.S. abandons you. So, I think this headline is good news for SC and bad news for Harrell. And “stands with” is almost as trite and meaningless as “speaks volumes.”

Jamie Crater September 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The Statewide Republican Party in SC is no better than the Democrats. It is too bad we don’t have a Third Party strong enough to take both Democrats and so called Republicans on.
Charleston has as many crooks as Columbia!

Nemo September 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Chip Limehouse said this weekend “Harrell’s “cooked” — and Limehouse is furious that Harrell gets money Limehouse wants from these big givers. Harrell seems like a half-dead deer on the roadside — hit by a truck gasping for life. Traffic zooms by…

Halfvast Conspirator September 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The Chipster is in the “gimmedat” mode, he wants to live larger on somebody else’s “campaign” funds, spread it around to enhance his position. These guys are just too predictable.

davis mcclam September 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Well said.

Soft Sigh from Hell September 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Could one ever be too dirty for the Charleston GOP?

Captain Edward Smith September 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Anyone else wanna buy a tick on the RMS Titanic?

Put On a Happy Face September 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Birds of a feather, flock together; jail birds.
Wilson can still bring more indictments. No worries. Bobby might not feel so left out, either.

Put On a Happy Face September 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

When is Harrell to be arrested and booked? It will go national at that point.

Up The Charges Now, Mr Wilson September 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Harrell has enough time to fabricate, generate , forge, alter, and destroy spending records and the like in his possession and control. Don’t you fools know he has the type character to do this? Don’t put anything past the psychopath. There are too many running scared of going down with him. They are probing and trying to get people inside the Atty General’s office to secretly give them information as to what is going on.

The Colonel September 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

If ever there was a time to kick a man when he’s down, this was it. Force him to step aside and even if he’s found not guilty (a possibility with Momma Toal around) he’d still be out of our hair for at least one cycle.

Manray September 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Nikki urged him to resign. Pot – Kettle – Black.

tee-ruth September 15, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Can we please investigate the flights that he actually paid for himself? It seems logical the flights he was sure to pay for were the ones where he was doing something illegal.

stupid is as stupid does September 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

The people of this State desperately need RECALL elections and TERM limits!!!

Bryan Wqsc Crabtree September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

This is beyond disgusting that these groups will accept this horrific behavior. It appears there is no GOP shame.

CharlesDikkens September 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Read the indictment. This isn’t petty theft or Ard-like stupidicity. This isnt even Nikki Haley “everybody’s doin’ it” or Mark Sanford “the Rules of Life don’t apply to me” shit. This is real live, Robert Ford go to jail, do not pass go, misfeasance. Not even sure that a corrupt judicial system he helped create can save him now, although don’t underestimate Gedney, Bart and Bobby.The Prosecutor is being kind to characterize these as misdemeanors. He has to go before he takes others with him. In fact, that might be his only salvation – confess and rat out on a few lesser rodents, and we will let you stay on the skreet.


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