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Bakari Sellers Launches TV Campaign

LIEUTENANT GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE HITS THE AIRWAVES …  By FITSNEWS || S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers launched his first television advertisement of the 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor of South Carolina – a thirty-second spot entitled “Believe.” “Our state is home to great natural beauty and hard-working people,” Sellers says in the spot….

LIEUTENANT GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE HITS THE AIRWAVES … 

By FITSNEWS || S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers launched his first television advertisement of the 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor of South Carolina – a thirty-second spot entitled “Believe.”

“Our state is home to great natural beauty and hard-working people,” Sellers says in the spot.

A centrist Democrat from rural Bamberg, S.C., Sellers is running against establishment “Republican” Henry McMaster – who is best known for his multiple attempts at statewide office (most of them unsuccessful) as well as his affinity for “whites only” social clubs.

In fact McMaster’s repeated bids for elected office are the focus of Sellers’ spot, which refers to the former SCGOP chairman as a “career politician who offers the same old failed solutions year after year.”

“We are excited about our campaign’s increased momentum during this past month,” Sellers told FITS. “People I have talked with across our state believe as I do, that we can do better. I will continue to work hard over the next two weeks traveling our state discussing our plan to move South Carolina forward.”

Here’s Sellers’ spot …

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(Vid via)

Yeah … somebody cue the cast of “Up With People.”  Because that is one cheery ad.

Conventional wisdom dictates that a black Democrat – especially one with a name only a few letters removed from “Barack” – doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning a statewide election in “Republican-controlled” South Carolina.

And maybe conventional wisdom is correct …

But Sellers has staked out some solid middle-of-the-road fiscal ground – including a stand against increasing the state’s gasoline tax (ironically, a gas tax hike has become a “Republican” agenda item for the upcoming legislative session).

Maybe enough voters are paying attention …

We’ll see …

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42 comments

The Colonel October 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Is it just me or does Bakari look like the Captain of the High School Debate Team in that picture?

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Nah October 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Looks like Al Joleson to me.

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SC Political Digest October 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Is that a Lt Gov. candidate or ‘Er’body Hate Chris?’ …LMAO…You Democrats trippin’…. (:

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John October 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Maybe his people should have run Sheheen’s campaign…

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The Colonel October 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Emily/GT/SCPD could have done a better job running Gilligan’s campaign…

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Gerry October 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Sellers ad has a much better tone than Sheheen’s ads. Uplifting is a better way to go for Democrats this year….the negative stuff is getting pretty tiring. Hats off to team Sellers for making the right choice..

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mamatiger92 October 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I like Sellers a lot. Lots of upside.

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Bobby Harrell's son October 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

He voted for toal. He’s unfit to hold public office, even a ceremonial one

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Edgar October 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

I agree. He can’t squat to pee without asking the real leaders in the BLACK caucus and Jean Toal.

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Philip Branton October 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

I’m voting for Bakari because Henry McMaster said SQUAT about a 900 Million lollipop to BOEING without taxpayers from South Carolina ever getting to have an OPTION of voting at all..!!

That is B. S…!!!

Hopefully,….after he takes office he will wipe that smile off of his face and start looking at HALEY and Harrell and Gilda Cobb-Hunter in the eye and ask some questions…!!!

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be realistic October 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

He’s a dem, he’s black. This is dixie. McMaster wins by 20 without a single campaign or debate.

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Bad Options October 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Thank goodness for that. If I remember correctly, he also was charged with DUI. Not a good example.

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be realistic October 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

DUI?? Fuc outta here. Then he’s a saint compared to the rest. He will lose for the reasons I stated above.

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edr October 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I hope the ad was paid for in advance. the Clarion Hotel filed a judgement
against bakari

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

LMAO! The per diem becomes good money if you don’t pay your hotel bills.

This may be the equivalent of paying for personal expenses out of campaign funds.

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm

There are four people in this year’s statewide races who think lower gasoline taxes or stable gasoline taxes are a good thing despite our failing road system: Haley, Sheheen, Sellers, and Folks.

All are incompetent economic illiterates.

It’s hard for me to believe that we find ourselves in the mess we are in yet still have serious candidates refuse to acknowledge simple economic facts. This has nothing to do with ideology but everything to do with ignorance.

There is nothing “middle of the road” about this issue. It’s simply nonsensical political cowardice.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Because it always makes sense to give politicians more, more, and MOAR or our money that they can squander on meaningless, frivolous, pork and other things rather than make them be accountable with the money they already get from us and use it wisely.

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

No, it makes sense that those who use the effing roads, pay for their use. Not those individuals of lesser incomes and lesser use to pay for the roads from their income tax remittances.

I have 11 vehicles that travel SC roads on a daily basis. I’m effing tired of replacing tires and front ends so that you imbeciles can exercise your ignorant dissent.

Forget the administrative overhead. How in the hell do you people think we are going to overcome a minimal $1 billion deficit over the next 30 years with $600 million in income from the “money tree” that is a fool’s panacea?

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Correction: “minimal $30 billion deficit”

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

$600 million annually.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Wisely spending the money they already get, maybe?

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I call BS October 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

“How in the hell do you people think we are going to overcome a minimal
$1 billion deficit over the next 30 years with $600 million in income
from the “money tree” that is a fool’s panacea?”

We can start by handing off infrastructure that was created that the state doesn’t need.(or let it rot!) T

he country’s “4th largest” road network in a state that ranks 40th in land area(and 27th in GDP) means there’s a LOT of room for cutting before you appropriate one more dime to an agency that can’t manage its finances.

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Will you cut the funds to the street to your home or the road to your farm?

SC as a whole provides revenue to roads from the central government, not the local governments that other states do.

Figures are for liars who understand and manipulate them or for those who don’t understand the manipulations and those who accept them at face value.

Which group, Sir, do you belong?

I call BS October 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

“Figures are for liars who understand and manipulate them or for those
who don’t understand the manipulations and those who accept them at face
value.”

and THAT…shows us your true feelings. That you would encourage further unaccountability in the hope they manage to pave a few more roads regardless of the cost shows a true disregard for the money taken from hard working people.

Fix the agency, THEN do an statewide audit…don’t just shovel money at the incompetent.

I call BS October 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

So you have come across a way to determine a full accounting of the money SCDOT gets presently?

You have managed to get info even our state legislature has been unable to procure to prove economic illiteracy?

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm

If you believe that our State is so inefficient that we can operate with just 44% of the gas tax revenue (16.8 cents/gallon) that the State of NC operates with (37.8 cents/gallon), or that GA operates with (28.5 cents/gallon), or the US average (30.8 cents/gallon) then you sir, at a minimum, belong in the economic illiterate category, if not the fool category.

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I call BS October 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

And you haven’t answered by question you idiot.

Would any reasonable person suggest handing money to an agency that can’t account for the money it gets?

NO!

Which makes you not just an idiot, but an unreasonable idiot.

It doesn’t matter what you think SC “needs” when the agency charged with handling it can’t even give you an accounting of where it currently spends its money,

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Sir, one of the first things I question in analyzing companies and investments is how the companies compare as to revenue generation (income from all sources) and rate of re-investment in the revenue generating stream (in this case, the roads of SC). I also factor administrative cost comparisons.

SC generates 44% of the income that NC does. 59% of the income that GA does, and 55% of the national average. Those numbers suggest that SC is failing whatever the cause, although not likely that of administrative costs.

Do I think the difference in re-investment is due to Administrative costs? Hell no, and only a fool would.

Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

If there is one idiot in this thread it would at least be those who can’t extrapolate figures and conclusions from practical numbers of comparison.

I call BS October 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I would agree. Re-read my post.

Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Sir, I don’t give the current General Assembly enough credit of intellect to pour piss out of a boot with the directions written on the heel of said boot.

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Soft Sigh from Hell October 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Is that blueberries or tea or nursery stock bushes growing in that field?
Sure not your normal agricultural field. (And its way too cold here for coca bushes.)

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Sumter County Too October 22, 2014 at 12:10 am

Gingko Farm at Dalzell/Sumter?

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Soft Sigh from Hell October 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Good guess. Though when I saw that many years ago they were single stalk (trunk), I believe, and arranged along a fence. But who knows what a young planting looks like.

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SCBlueWoman October 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

He certainly has my vote. I may not cast a vote for governor. Damn icky field of candidates. Tom Ervin is growing on me though.

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Mike at the Beach October 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm

The “conventional wisdom” is right, trust me.

Will this ad buy match the much ballyhooed and oft mentioned million-dollar TR buy? Actually, I bet it might come to think of it. The primary difference there will be Sellers will break 40%, while TR should consider himself lucky if he breaks 7.

This site makes a living jousting at windmills, which is cool by me. I just wish they’d admit that up front instead of pretending up until the last minute that enough fellatio from this site will propel the quixotic candidates to fame and fortune. If someone in a time machine traveled around this site just a bit they would be muy confused by all the “momentum” reported herein through the months- President R. Paul, Senator Mace, Senator Ravenel, Governor Sheheen, Governor French, and Lt. Governor Sellers should be equally confused…

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Clarendonian October 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm

This place is as close to fantasy land as SC will ever get. It gives new meaning to ignorance and a total inability to count votes based on common mores and opinions of voting age South Carolinians, not to mention the ability to translate voting age people of various demographics, primarily Black and White.

It is as if demographics, math, and results are totally disconnected.

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Mike at the Beach October 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Welcome to the FITS-centric view of the universe, amigo. It is, however, a supremely entertaining place to joust with knuckleheads from time to time.

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SC Political Digest October 22, 2014 at 6:07 am

Everybody Hates Chris?…Thanks for the reminder…When is it coming on. I love that show…it a trip…

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mamatiger92 October 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

it wasn’t funny the first time you posted it

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SC Political Digest October 22, 2014 at 8:38 am

But you are obviously scared of it sticking, so I wanted to give you another shot of it…Hahahaha…I like seeing you in fear more than I like pi@$$!*g you off.

PS: Got a great piece up – on SCPSD – about the AP’s brand new poll about the Nov. 4 mid-terms…It’s DEVASTATING for the Ds. The AP wrote the results in inverted style, because it pained them so much. And you KNOW FITS will never post it, if it’s not that delusional Bull$#!* from the PPP, that “educates” him…LMAO…

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Ben_Kinlaw October 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

The real story here is Rep. Sellers ineffectiveness as a representative for HD #90. Barnwell County is in this district and Sellers fails to hold district meetings as required by law.

We have recordings of Sellers in a forum in Oct. 2012 during the political season, stating that the number one priority was not JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Additionally, we have recordings of Sellers misrepresenting the issues critical to the district and state. Bamberg and Barnwell Counties lead the state historically with the highest unemployment rates.

In 2012 Sellers introduced a proposal to eliminate parts of the state’s 2006 “Stand Your Ground” law after the death of 17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. http://bit.ly/ZGUmq9
His views are the gov’t has all the answers to those challenges that the district, state and nation faces.

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