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Catherine Templeton Nails “The Message”




By FITSNews  || Last week we addressed the palpable political buzz surrounding S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton.

In our post we referenced the mounting speculation surrounding the presumed aspirations of this Lowcountry lawyer – who has been running (and cutting) the state’s largest bureaucracy for the past two years.

“Templeton is a bit of an enigma in Palmetto politics in that no one is exactly sure what sort of political future she’s angling for … if she’s even angling at all,” we wrote.  “We hear talk of her possibly running for Congress (or for governor in 2018), but obviously a statewide campaign would be a long way off … and we’re told that 2018 gubernatorial field will be exceedingly crowded.”

Templeton’s name has also been bandied about increasingly in the wake of the latest implosion of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford – who continues to eschew leaving well enough alone (more on that in a moment).

One thing is clear, though: Whatever field Templeton enters, it had better get ready … because “girl got game.”

At the invitation of one of our “Republican” friends, we attended a gathering of young professionals in downtown Columbia, S.C. this week – an event at which Templeton was the featured speaker.

Our founding editor has spoken previously to this group, which in addition to its well-placed up-and-coming regulars is also known for its influential attendees – including current and former cabinet members and (on this evening) the heir apparent to Bobby Harrell as Speaker of the S.C. House.

How’d Templeton do?  Well, it wasn’t quite a Jed Bartlet in Nashua moment (all you West Wing fanatics will appreciate that reference), but it was close …

At one point during her remarks, Templeton was questioned by former University of South Carolina football star (and current S.C. Commerce Department official) Moe Brown regarding the disconnect between the needs of the Palmetto State’s population and the policies pursued by its legislative leaders.

“Everybody raise their hand,” Templeton said by way of response, instructing her audience to “put your hand down when you disagree with me.”

“You wanna be safe,” she said.  “You want to make a living.  You need a good education to make a living, you don’t want to give that good living to the government for a bunch of wasteful stuff – and you pretty much want to do what you wanna do when you want to do it until it hurts somebody else.”

Here’s the clip …

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(Video: SCDHEC)

“It’s easy to identify what we want,” Templeton continued.  “The basic things.  And if we could all just row in the same direction on some very basic things that the government should be doing for our state, it would be enormous.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is “the message.”

It may not have been perfectly scripted (actually we’re told it was totally unscripted), but there it is nonetheless …

In her “raise your hands” litany, Templeton is channeling that elemental, imperturbable and increasingly dangerous realization we wrote of recently – the one in which people of all backgrounds realize that “all the myths they’ve been sold – myths aimed at fomenting division along ethnic, racial, sexual and socio-economic lines – are wrong. And all the myths about government healing those divisions – and doing everything else under the sun to ‘fix’ the country – aren’t true either.”

It is the message Libertarians have struggled for years to make relevant … and the message Democrats and “Republicans” (both enablers of big, unruly government) have struggled for years to suppress.

And Templeton just nailed it …

Also of interest to political observers (especially those in the first congressional district)?  The 43-year-old mother of three tossed a few gentle jabs in Sanford’s direction – referencing his penchant for across-the-board cuts as being “the wrong way to cut government.”

“Let’s cut the things we don’t need,” Templeton said.

We agree … and when/ if she runs for public office we hope Templeton brings with her a laundry list of unnecessary agencies and programs to eliminate.

Which brings us to our final point …

Templeton clearly has the message down pat.  She also clearly has the right resume, the right ideological underpinnings and the intellectual breadth and depth necessary to make an immediate impact on the statewide stage.  Additionally, her years as a union-busting attorney have given her an extensive network of financial support to draw from.  And it goes without saying she’s drop dead gorgeous – and unafraid to rock some killer boots.

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Yeah …

Take those , Nikki Haley …

As far as we’re concerned, the only question left to answer about Templeton revolves around policy: Specifically, whether she will commit to an aggressive reform agenda on the economy, on education, taxes, spending, ethics, etc.

If she’s able to add an ambitious agenda to her list of attributes, it’s not a stretch to start considering her as a potential frontrunner for whatever office she wants …