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SC House: Jay Lucas Has 103 Votes For Speaker

THE RACE TO REPLACE BOBBY HARRELL IS OVER …  If the election for Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives were held today, current Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas would have more than 100 votes, sources tell FITS. One-hundred-three, to be precise … but who’s counting? Any way you slice…

THE RACE TO REPLACE BOBBY HARRELL IS OVER … 

If the election for Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives were held today, current Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas would have more than 100 votes, sources tell FITS.

One-hundred-three, to be precise … but who’s counting?

Any way you slice it, that’s more than enough votes to secure the Pee Dee politician’s election to the top leadership position in the chamber …

Lucas is currently serving as interim Speaker of the House after Bobby Harrell – a Lowcountry liberal who has led the chamber since 2005 – suspended himself in the wake of a nine-count public corruption indictment announced last week.

Harrell must face the voters of his district on November 4 (he’s continuing to receive the support of the Republican establishment in that effort, by the way).  If he survives that race, he could conceivably stand for reelection as Speaker when the House returns later this year to select its officers – although it seems increasingly likely his days leading the chamber are over.

The Speaker of House has historically been the most powerful elected official in South Carolina, owing to the power of the position over the chamber and the legislative dominance over state government.  In recent years, however, S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman – a fiscal liberal from Florence, S.C. – has consolidated power in the State Senate while benefiting from the scandals enveloping Harrell.

That makes him the state’s most powerful elected official … for the moment.

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17 comments

SC Political Digest September 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

If the US Senate elections were held today…it would be a bloodbath for D’s…but FIT$ will cower from that inconvenie truth…

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Go Fuck Yourself September 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Hey, put that shit on your blog then instead of NOT sticking to the topic at hand. If your delusional ass wants to…shit, why the fuck am I talking to this fool…?

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Sailor September 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm

“shit, why the fuck am I talking to this fool…?” We should all ask ourselves that question. If we ALL stop replying to his posts, he’ll eventually get tired of it and fuck off for good. Might cost Fits a few hits, but it will raise the average i.q. of the commenters by several points.

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SC Political Digest September 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Au contraire. I’m about the ONLY one offering a point of view like mine, yet most voters agree w/ me. And I’m right, while your answers are failing over and over. I post to get content out there, and thwart the ignorance and myth you are bathed in…

Most of you only offer attacks at me or cliches your masters hand you. You’re too vapid to present anything else. …so it would not make any difference if you post or not. You seem to think if you can assail me, it all of the sudden negates your status as a stupid, lockstep puppet-drone…LMAO…It doesn’t (:

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Mitt Romney September 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

If most od the voters agree with you,then why the Hell aint I President?

Smirks September 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

The maximum IQ of understanding Tango is too low to figure out the poll machine.

SC Political Digest September 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I’m in SC Dumb@$$…you’re in Massachusetts. The home of the ignorant…Which is what doomed your candidacy.

tbg September 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

It should be a “blood bath” for incumbents!!!!!

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Hmmmm September 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

So will Leatherman control Lucas the way he controls the rest of the state?

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anonymous September 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

So will Lucas be a servant for Jean Toal the way Bobby Harrell has been?

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The Dome September 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Poor Jay is not the brightest! He is smart enough to be slightly dangerous, dumb enough to be real dangerous!

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Nelson Eddy September 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

“it seems increasingly likely his days leading the chamber are over.”
Harrell’s toast. I’ve got my Dollar General plastic flowers ready for his funeral. Praise the lord and pass the ammunition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s11YeLQJBcg

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G.O.B. September 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Who did Lucas vote for? Toal or Plecoines?

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On The Inside September 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Lucas is a consensus builder not a controller. He finished 3rd in his class at USC Law School and voted for Pleicones over Toal. He has support from both D’s and R’s due to his actions since the beginning of his service in the General Assembly

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Doris September 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

It is amazing how in the months since the Toal-Pleicones election, it has shaken down to those with integrity voted for Pleicones and the corrupt ones were the ones who voted for Toal.

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Rick means September 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Is finishing 3rd at USC impressive? Are you speaking of University of Southern California. I agree it would be a step up from a CSOL valedictorian.

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Thomas September 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

Out of the 12 Pee Dee legislators, 5 voted for Judge Pleciones. Speaker Lucas was one of the five. CJ Toal has indicated she will traditionally step down at the end of 2015, 72 years young.

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