SC Senate: William Timmons Makes It Official

SHOULD YOU CARE? With each new (yet eerily familiar) pulling of wool over the eyes of easily duped Palmetto State voters, we become less convinced in the efficacy of democracy. It’s clearly been a failed experiment in South Carolina … where politicians live off the land, special interests pat them on the…


With each new (yet eerily familiar) pulling of wool over the eyes of easily duped Palmetto State voters, we become less convinced in the efficacy of democracy.

It’s clearly been a failed experiment in South Carolina … where politicians live off the land, special interests pat them on the back (while getting their cut) and the mainstream media largely turns a blind eye to the sick charade.

Accountability?  L.O.L.

Maybe we’re part of the problem, too … because every election cycle, we find ourselves writing about state legislative races as if they actually matter.  As if there is any real difference between the competing candidates.  As if the winners of these races are going to “change Columbia” and somehow improve the lot of South Carolina citizens by enacting real reforms to state government.

Yeah …


Anyway, all of this is a not-so-uplifting way of introducing our readers to the formal announcement of deputy solicitor William Timmons of Greenville, S.C. as a candidate for the South Carolina Senate.

“I have decided to run for the South Carolina State Senate,” Timmons wrote in a message to friends and supporters. “I will publicly announce my candidacy in early December.  I aspire to serve this state and the community and promise to do everything I can do to break down the myriad barriers preventing families in South Carolina from reaching their full potential.”

Timmons claims he has “grown frustrated by our state government’s inability to promote more economic development” and that he has “found there is growing frustration with the South Carolina Senate.”

Specifically, he said state lawmakers “started the year planning to tackle the budget, ethics and roads” yet they “failed to accomplish any of those tasks and even required extra time just to finish the budget.”

“The State Senate is broken,” he concluded.

We’re not going to argue that, but it’s hard not to interpret Timmons’ comments as tacit support for a gasoline tax hike that failed to make it out of the Senate thanks to a filibuster by S.C. Senator Tom Davis.

Seriously: Does Timmons really believe that South Carolina needs to raise taxes when its state budget has been growing by roughly $1 billion a year for the past seven years?

If so, then we have absolutely zero use for him … just as we have zero use for S.C. Senator Mike Fair, the veteran lawmaker Timmons is challenging.

Anyway, we broke the news of Timmons’ impending candidacy months ago, so his formal declaration shouldn’t be surprising.

A fitness enthusiast and small business owner who works in the office of “God Squad” prosecutor Walt Wilkins, Timmons’ candidacy could re-ignite the Upstate war between Wilkins and Joshua Kimbrell – the social conservative activist and aspiring politico who was falsely accused of molesting his own son last year.

Kimbrell has plenty of Upstate support – while Wilkins’ office faced plenty of criticism for its mishandling of his case.  Now a vindicated Kimbrell is on the warpath looking to restore his reputation – and Timmons is likely to find himself squarely in his crosshairs.

In other words this race will be entertaining … which is sadly all South Carolina politics is good for these days.


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Manray9 December 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

Move on, folks. Nothing to see here. Just another GOP fat cat who will perpetuate “business as usual” in Columbia while stepping from elected office to elected office.

idcydm December 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

“easily duped Palmetto State voters”…as if easily duped voters are not nation wide?

vicupstate December 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Anybody would be an improvement over Fair. Is he running again? I hope so, so I can vote against him once more.

9" December 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm

The stubble look’s so 1990’s,but it feels good,if ya know what ‘m saying

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Continue the stereotype
“God Squad” accusation without one shred of evidence. All the evidence suggests that it was law enforcement weary of multiple calls to the strip club and local businesses, not religious leaders who wanted the action taken against the strip club and no action has been taken against any other clubs. Just another stale narrative of Fitsnews.

Sic Semper Tyrannis December 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Ah, the birth of a new croney.

The Colonel December 2, 2015 at 1:16 pm

What is it with the hair of our elected representatives in this state?
You’ve got:

Trey “I’ve never met a barber who could tame it” Gowdy
Jay “my hair is so “producted” that it could survive a nuclear war” Lucas
Bruce “I don’t know why that part of my head is flat either” Bannister…

Timmons looks like he’s either trying to do “The Donald” or The Gowdy” with his coif but failing miserably

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Will, the hell with it. I’ll just wear a hat backwards indoors.

The Colonel December 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

You mean Will “I have no hair so I’ll wear my cap backwards to cover it up” Folks

TroubleBaby December 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Honest to God, when I first saw this pic before reading the article I thought:

“What’s a chef running for the SC Senate for?”

The Colonel December 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm


Torch December 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

You forgot Nathan, Big Head, Ballentine.

The Colonel December 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Wow, how did I miss that bucket head?!?

Santiago Ledbetter December 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

I’ve always preferred “Great Clips Gowdy.”

The Colonel December 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm


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TroubleBaby December 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm

“Maybe we’re part of the problem, too … because every election cycle, we find ourselves writing about state legislative races as if they actually matter.”

Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are providing a valuable service. You are one of the few outlets actually showing people what government is really about.

You’re making the necessary transition intellectually too. There’s a joke in the libertarian community:

What’s the difference between an ancap and a Ron Paul supporter?

Answer: Six months (but you’re a little retarded, so six years for you)

“I love democracy.”?Palpatine, after being handed emergency powers by the Galactic Senate
Keep up the good work/fight Will.

Lone Ranger December 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Yo…Will–here’s a news flash–almost-conservatives Mike Fair and Tom Davis DID vote to remove patriots’ flag WITHOUT our vote
And we give credit where it’s due–we WILL be seeing them DOA in 2016–and yes on this we DO definitely like barbeque goat !!!

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Slartibartfast December 3, 2015 at 12:35 pm

How many times does it have to be said? SC is NOT a democracy. What we DO have has many names, but I prefer “Little Rome.” Frankly, I still don’t understand why we don’t have Co-Consuls, instead of a Governor – must be all that Middle Ages royal stuff. Like Rome, we are a government of favors for important matters and plebescita/i> for the unimportant stuff and vote candy. It is the system which has always worked for the powerful since this State was a proprietary. The way up to the top has always split the State in half – family v. wealth. Until recently in the AA community, the way up was political strength, no matter how rich you were. That’s changing. But the change is cooptative and citizens of color are assuming positions of influence, formally held by certain rich white people. We are, truly, half fascist, half libertarian. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it..


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