Liberal S.C. Senator Ray Cleary – the most aggressive champion of gas tax increases in the S.C. General Assembly – will not run for reelection in 2016.
Cleary – who has been sticking it to taxpayers in the State Senate since 2005 – informed The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News of his decision this week, saying he wanted to voluntarily term-limit himself.
“Even though it appeared that nobody’s ever run against me, I’m a firm believer in term limits,” Cleary told the paper. “The longer I’ve been in the Senate, and the longer I’ve been in politics, the more important I think term limits are.”
Cleary represents S.C. Senate District 34 – which runs along the South Carolina coast through parts of Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties. Sources tell FITS ethically challenged S.C. Rep. Stephen Goldfinch (um, this guy) is among those eyeing a bid for this district.
Earlier this year two State Senators – Joel Lourie of Columbia and Paul Thurmond of Charleston – announced they would not seek reelection in 2016. Those announcements – like Cleary’s – took Palmetto political insiders by surprise seeing as neither lawmaker was in any real danger of losing their seat.
Our thoughts on Cleary’s decision not to run again?
It’s good news … although we hope coastal residents are smart enough not to put Goldfinch in this seat. Not only is he every bit as fiscally liberal as Cleary, he’s simply not a trustworthy person.
Let’s hope a credible pro-freedom, pro-free market candidate emerges. After all, South Carolina simply cannot afford more of the same costly failure.
I hope we wind up losing a lot of long-term incumbents over the next two elections, whether voluntary drop outs, due to the flag fiasco (both sides), or just plain replaced by someone new and not yet as corrupted.
It’s easy M-kay!
There’s more to this story. Much, much more.
I agree. I’m thinking he is expecting a letter from DOJ in the mail.
You guys are jumping to a huge conclusion here. Just because Cleary and Wooten have been joined at the hip from day one …
Wow he gets out when you can bet a fuel tax will be on the table in January with all of the road damage. And a projected billion dollar previous repairs estimates.
What we need is a bunch of “Three R” candidates:
Roads and infrastructure
Reading (writing and arithmetic)
Responsibility – you are responsible for you
“What we need is a bunch of “Three R” candidates”
But instead what we have is a bunch of “One R” candidates:
There are two Rs in retard.
What we need are voters who not as stupid and cliche as you and FITSNews, and his minions.
“voters who not as stupid”
Nooooooo, my hero! Now I’ll have to find another socialist buddy to praise for wanting to raise taxes! LMAO!!!!
Why are you trying to Ataturk the person you hate – who kicks your ass each day – by accusing him of being what you are…
First Boehner, now Cleary..and Hillary – with the Democrat Party – is in the tank, too…
Could McConnell and Sanford be next????
And Tom Davis better mind his Ps and Qs…or his ass fin’ta be on the curb, too..
Hallelujah…the People are taking the state, and the country, back…
Cleary just got tired of being Leatherman’s butt boy. Same with Thurmond, etc. No real man with balls would wiliingly get themselves elected to the Senate and then offer them up to the Senate’s god and master, Senator Leatherman. They think they can be part of the process but in the end they realized they were Leatherman’s bitches.
Some men don’t want to bitches. Others love it.
Limehouse, now Cleary. The Pork Barrel Boys from the coast are giving up and going away. Thank God.