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Sources: Catherine Templeton “Leaning Toward 2018”

FORMER AGENCY LEADER “UNLIKELY” TO CHALLENGE MARK SANFORD IN 2016 … || By FITSNEWS || Former S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton is leaning toward running for governor in 2018, sources familiar with her thinking tell FITS. That would mean U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford may have dodged…

FORMER AGENCY LEADER “UNLIKELY” TO CHALLENGE MARK SANFORD IN 2016 …

|| By FITSNEWS || Former S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton is leaning toward running for governor in 2018, sources familiar with her thinking tell FITS.

That would mean U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford may have dodged a major bullet, as Templeton’s recent decision to turn down a GOP appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was widely perceived as evidence of her intention to challenge the struggling politician.

Templeton was not immediately available to respond to our inquiries (she’s reportedly traveling with her family), but a political donor familiar with her plans told FITS she was “leaning toward 2018” – and a possible run at the South Carolina governor’s mansion.

The former labor lawyer hasn’t ruled out a Congressional bid, but our source said she was “born to be an executive” – that she thrives in atmospheres where she can identify challenges, implement fixes and improve outcomes for people’s lives.

Obviously the U.S. Congress is no place for that sort of thing …

An adept manager and political messenger, Templeton received rave reviews during her tenure at SCDHEC.  In addition to saving tens of millions of tax dollars, she scored high marks for her handling of the Ebola threat – including showing up personally at one Charleston-area hospital pretending to be a patient with symptoms of the disease in an effort to gauge its response capability.

Templeton’s executive skills, political acumen and fundraising network are widely known … and respected.

The only question is this: Where does she fall on the ideological spectrum?  Is she a free market conservative?  Or just another “Republican?”  Hell … is she even a Republican?

Were she to seek the GOP nomination in 2018, Templeton would likely face a crowded field. U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney is reportedly eyeing the nomination, as are S.C. Senator Tom Davis and State Rep. Tommy Pope.  There are even rumors Sanford could run for governor again.

And obviously other names are likely to emerge … perhaps including lieutenant governor Henry McMaster or attorney general Alan Wilson.

Should be a fun race to cover …

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30 comments

Templeton Sucks for fun May 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Templeton is a perfect politican. She will lie to your face all along smiling and then screw you for the fun of it. Only difference between her and Trikki is Templeton was able to pass a bar exam while Trikki could not pass a simple CPA exam.

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shifty henry May 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Dammit – you just burst my bubble of fantasy! Three and a half days left in “Masturbation Month” and YOU have to say BAD things about Templeton. (damn!)

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Mike at the Beach May 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Mean spirited, devious hot chics are, well, hot…

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Mike at the Beach May 29, 2015 at 1:38 am

To commemorate Masturbation Month…I present to you, “Chimp using a bullfrog to masturbate.” The interwebs, people…

https://youtu.be/qVE60zwXx1k

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TroubleBaby May 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm

More advanced tool use skills than me, sad to say.

I’ll have to work my brain a little harder to get a few more rungs up on the evolutionary ladder.

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Jerry Maguire May 29, 2015 at 12:09 am

Agreed – she will lie to your face while smiling; I know from experience. The reality is that she is a non-starter. Actually running for office is very much different than preparing to run for office. Her looks and smile will get her into a lot of politicos’ offices with “one-on-one” time that will require her putting her best leg forward (maybe like Trikki), but that’s about it. Ultimately, she will regret not taking the NLRB gig.

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Reese Bobby May 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”

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Just Another Guy May 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm

You left off Tim Scott running for Governor. He hates the Senate and would rather be Governor.

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RogueElephant May 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Is it just me or are the only good senators the ones that hate being there ?

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vicupstate May 29, 2015 at 8:38 am

Yeah, give up real power that with great job security, for a short-term largely powerless gig. Makes sense.

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Tobago May 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Sanford, Eckstrom and the other reprobates should ALL have opposition!
We need some decent moral and ethical people in elective office.
The Ravenels, Peelers, Clintons, Bushs, Wilsons, Campbells all feel they are Dynasties and should be “Heirs Apparent” to the throne!! I call Bull S. on all of them! None of them are moral, ethical, honest, or have integrity.

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Yummy! May 28, 2015 at 3:43 pm

She also gives great face. Since only a Republican can win this state, they might as well look good too.

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jimlewisowb May 28, 2015 at 2:39 pm

What? No mention of Andre with a little curly que over the “e”- surly there has to be a grass roots campaign in the works

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Victorious Secret May 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm

“[T]hat she thrives in atmospheres where she can identify challenges, implement fixes and improve outcomes for people’s lives.”

Well, honey, better stay out of politics then.

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Squishy123 May 28, 2015 at 3:35 pm

I can’t think of anyone more qualified to run this state or represent us in the US House.

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Jack's medula oblongada May 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Whomever is advising her should give the money back. In politics, timing is everything. Throw in another cliche – strike while the iron is hot.

The meaning is, she will be forgotten by then while the other names have offices to keep them in the spotlight. Can’t let ego stand in the way of a sound judgement.

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Facts Are Pesky Things May 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Yeah ,contrary to Fits constant boosting of her candidacy ,she is not well known among the general populace who don’t follow state affairs that closely.

Few even know what DHEC is ,much less that Templeton used to be Director.

No one has been elected Governor in recent memory without first having served in elected office.

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piss poor May 28, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Did Sanford poor sausage make a case for her to wait? “Geez, Catherine can you hold off till 2018, by which time all the kids’ tuitions will be paid off?”
Argentina here I come, doo da, doo da day!

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Zed May 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

That’s one fine looking woman right there.

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Honeybadger May 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Wahoo! Run CBT run!!! Cutting in cowboy boots! ;)

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RogueElephant May 28, 2015 at 8:41 pm

She deserves serious consideration whatever she decides to do.

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Siamese May 28, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Will she have her office in Charleston?

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vicupstate May 29, 2015 at 8:38 am

Yes, the Capital will move back to Charleston.

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FastEddy23 May 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm

“… The former labor lawyer … Former S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director …” and obvious shill for the Church of Fear of Global Warming (a pseudo-crisis requiring Gruberment “management”).

It might be my imagination, but it seems that an inordinate number of candidates seem to come from inside of government. I guess it might be the “Peter Principle” at work … It also could be that these government employees don’t see anything wrong with this obvious conflict of interest.

The “free” PR from being in “public” service is not free. It is as if these “former” government employees have used their government provided soap box to up their own personal image in the eyes of voters.

I would also be that there are some peculiar IRS rules about doing this. The “free” publicity is taxpayer paid PR/propaganda after all.

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easterndumbfuckistan May 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm

The rest “may” be true, I don’t know. I do know she’s not a warmist.

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FastEddy23 June 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

Being a lawyer, She might change sides at the drop of an extra dollar or two … That’s been known to happen, yes?

(That’s what I mean by “conflict of interest” … All lawyers automatically have this conflict going in. It is that rare fasmith that can overcome the legal professional’s tendencies to champion any cause.)

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Sam May 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm

She is a liar and borderline schizophrenic. Not qualified for dog catcher .

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Andy1 June 1, 2015 at 8:23 am

In South Carolina we call such a person “Congressman”.

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Stever May 29, 2015 at 10:59 pm

“showing up personally at one Charleston-area hospital pretending to be a patient with symptoms of the disease”

This isn’t leadership by any imagination of the word. Fits is more fickle than a 16 year old girl dating a football team.

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Draft J. Duncan May 29, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Jeff Duncan for Governor 2018.

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