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Tom Ervin: Nikki Haley, Vincent Sheheen Need To Debate

Independent Republican Petition candidate Tom Ervin issued the following statement on Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Vincent Sheheen‘s failure to participate in the South Carolina ETV debates: Gov. Haley is too busy grabbing money from out of state and special interests to defend her record at the South Carolina ETV…

Independent Republican Petition candidate Tom Ervin issued the following statement on Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Vincent Sheheen‘s failure to participate in the South Carolina ETV debates:

Gov. Haley is too busy grabbing money from out of state and special interests to defend her record at the South Carolina ETV Debate. This is another example of her failure to lead, and it provides Sen. Sheheen cover so he can avoid answering the hard questions.

Both Sen. Sheheen and Gov. Haley are career politicians that avoid any measure of accountability on their actions.Whether it is voting against ethics reform or receiving gifts from special interests, voters deserve answers from the candidates. If Gov. Haley and Sen. Sheheen can’t be bothered with making their case to the people, then they shouldn’t be bothered with running for governor.

South Carolina faces serious problems, and running from a debate exemplifies how these two will address them. We can’t afford another governor that will not fix public education, allow more of our roads to crumble or watch as our elected officials continue to choose campaign contributions over the best interest of South Carolinians.

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WW October 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

The voters need to be able to cast informed and educated ballots.
Why would Haley refuse to debate! She CANNOT DEFEND her horrible decisions, incompetency and out and out lies to the people of South Carolina.
Her MALFEASANCE in office is glaring proof of her failure as the State’s Chief Executive.
Haley does not deserve reelection!
Ervin is a far better choice and would prove he is head and shoulders above Haley.
Haley is afraid to debate and denies the voter an opportunity to see her failures first hand in a debate. Haley forces the people to base their votes on slick 30 second sound bytes, spun by professional consultants, paid for by MONEY RAISED OUT OF STATE IN GEORGIA, NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY!
Do the people want their Governor bought and paid for with money from NEW YORK and NEW JERSEY? My opinion is ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
Many have remorse for an Obama second term and an Ohaley second term will prove NO LESS disastrous!

Nice press release October 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

You have to hand it to Ervin, he knows how to run a campaign, even if he was doomed to lose from the start because of trying to run it as an “independent”.

3rd parties will never happen. It’ll be “no parties” before 3rd parties.

vicupstate October 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

He isn’t trying to create a ‘third’ party, he is trying to get elected independent of party affiliation. That is different.

There is no requirement that a Governor be affiliated with a party. He does not have to form a ruling majority, as in a legislative chamber.

He is trying to do the same thing as Jesse Ventura did in MN and a couple of Governors have done in Maine.

An ‘Independent’ former GOP Senator is running for US Senate in S.D. and only three points down against a two term GOP Governor (and the official GOP nominee), if a poll out today is correct.

Nice press release October 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Look Vic, in the annals of gubernatorial elections, what % of 3rd parties, whether called “Independent” or whatever, have actually won elections?

I’m sure it’s a laughable %.

That’s my whole point, if it wasn’t for the fact he made one wrong decision up front, he’d actually at least be running a competent campaign.

vicupstate October 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Q: How many Incumbent Governors have been beaten in their own primary, when their opponent had just a few weeks to campaign?

A: An even smaller percentage.

If he made a mistake up front it was waiting too long to jump in.

Nice press release October 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Nah, he should have ran as a Democrat, nobody wanted to see Sheheen make an ass out of himself again.(including some Republicans)

guest October 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Roberts is now ahead in Kansas and will win going away….the poll in SD is a joke however even if correct the independent candidate Pressler is as conservative on social and fiscal issues as Rounds the Republican nominee.

Ervin’s problem is that he is more liberal than Sheheen, not that he is trying to run as an independent.

Obama fooled the voters twice. Not this time and dems are finished.

vicupstate October 9, 2014 at 8:48 am

Yeah FOX NEWS says Roberts is ahead, but no other poll does. Please. Even Fox had Orman well ahead less than a week ago.

FOX just dropped a bunch of BS ‘narrative-driven’ polls. Just before the election, they will ‘true up’, so they don’t look so foolish on 11/5.

Pressler endorsed Obama TWICE and supports gay marriage and Obamacare. He may well win, and would be better than Rounds. He may even caucus with the Democrats, if he wins. He has not committed one way or the other.

Ideally, Weiland will win, but even Pressler would be a big improvement over Rounds.

Weiland is getting a $2mm cash infusion, so it is anybody’s race at this point. One thing IS certain though, Rounds is doing terribly for what had been a ‘shoo-in’ initially.

Say No To On The Job Training October 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

He is older, wiser, more experienced. Which is called “Wisdom.” Fuck all the rest of them. Erwin knows the deal.

guest October 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Wisdom.Spending millions of dollars and polling around 3% is “wisdom”? Boy, that is who I would vote for to spend my tax dollars. :-)

vicupstate October 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

A good leader would not run away from accountability. So by definition, she is not a good leader.

Dot Com October 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

You are spot on, brudda. Haley just shot herself in both feet by refusing to debate. She is losing the trust of the voters at a fast pace.

Nice press release October 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Wrong, you have too high a regard for the average voter.

guest October 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

No reason to debate. Voters are voting against Obama and the Democratic Party in November. Ervin is trying to elect Sheheen. This race is not close. No debate.

Nice press release October 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm


That isn’t gonna stop her from getting re-elected.

vicupchuck October 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Like Obama?

vicupstate October 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

When did Obama refuse to debate his opponent even once when running for an elected office?

Build a New Fed Prison in SC October 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Like Lindsey Graham, Haley refuses to subject herself to a severe pounding that will show viewers and reporters alike that she does not know what she is doing. As long as ignorant voters keep electing people based upon their looks and bleached white teeth, America will just sink further down the toilet. Sadly, the entire nation is barely holding on by a thread. Remember when our economy went belly up and how it affected most of the world … the ripple effects? You think other nations want to be subjected to the consequences of that again??? This is not a matter for polite presumptions. We are talking about YOUR very own lives here that these politicians can easily affect one way or another. Nothing is secure in the least anymore. Even members of the US military have been getting LAY OFF slips.
Meanwhile, Haley has got to go. And the entire statehouse must be purged of every last fucked up and corrupt politician presently there. They must be punished with serious time in a federal prison to deter their replacements. All of this corruption is old and must be stopped by brut force. Clean up South Carolina state government and its special good old boy interest. Cut their nuts off and throw them in prison where they belong. This corrupt out of control shit has got to end – NOW.

WW October 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Yes, hopefully Ohaley will need a place to go when indicted by the Feds!

Nölff October 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I disappointed on who I can vote for.

john dozier October 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

The “debates” are laughable at best, being sponsored by a number of fish wrappers and ETV all of whom have been made obsolete by the internet.

vicupstate October 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm

And yet, that still puts fear in the heart of our so-called ‘leader’.

TyroneMamaCollards October 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I know him and his wife and they are smart and rich, self-made people. He will siphon votes away from Haley and Sheheen but how it will go is why I am excited about this race. We need a 3rd party. I’d like to see a “Christian Democrat” party, a 3rd party that is for the workers of this state, has moral values, and can fight for the average man, white or black or whatever.

charle crist jr. aka sc October 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Ervin a Christian? Pro-abortion and for state sanctioned gay marriage and he is a Christian?
The only “debate” needed is in Ervin’s head. “Traitor” tommy apparently don’t know who the fuck he is?
A former Democrat , allegedly turned Republican who quit that failed “gig” to run against the Republican candidate and the Democrat candidate whom his wife supported with campaign money in the last governors election.
Has spent millions for MAYBE 3% of the vote-taking votes equally from Haley and Sheheen.
His campaign is a joke and a vote for Ervin is a vote for Obama.

ervin v. ervin debate #1 October 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I was a democrat.

ervin v. ervin debate #2 October 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I am a Republican.

ervin v. ervin debate #3 October 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I am a self-identified independent Republican.

ervin v. ervin debate #4 October 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I am a self-identified independent Republican that supports the SCDP candidate for governor’s policy positions on abortion, gay marriage and Obamacare and my wife has been a big donor to the SCDP and supported financially ,my Democrat opponent in 2010.

ervin v. ervin debate #5 October 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Wait-am I just an independent trying to get elected without regard to party affiliation and no longer a self identified republican independent? Vicupstate, the self-proclaimed pride of Fits polling says so?
I am so fucking confused!!!!!

Todd October 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Nikki doesn’t have to do jack shit. She’s won this election already. Sit on your ass, get drunk and watch Vincent self-implode. You go girl!


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