By FITSNEWS || The S.C. Realtors Association (SCR) – one of the Palmetto State’s most powerful advocacy groups – has endorsed the lieutenant gubernatorial campaign of S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) over “Republican” Henry McMaster.
The move caught many South Carolina politicos off guard given how the organization has endorsed mostly GOP candidates in recent years – especially at the statewide level. In fact seven days ago the group endorsed incumbent “Republican” Gov. Nikki Haley over Democrat Vincent Sheheen, petition candidate Tom Ervin and Libertarian Steve French.
“I am honored to have the support of the Association of REALTORS,” Sellers said in a statement. ” They share my commitment to making our state a better one for all South Carolinians.”
Sellers has carved out a nice niche for himself as a centrist Democrat – including opposing a “bipartisan” gas tax increase to fund infrastructure projects. Rather than raise taxes, Sellers has instead called for a re-prioritization of existing resources and the de-politicization of the current infrastructure funding mechanism.
McMaster has not yet said whether he would support a gas tax hike …