HE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS SO, EITHER …
This website has little use for status quo S.C. Rep. Todd Atwater. He’s basically a special interest lobbyist masquerading as a state lawmaker … another poster boy for the perpetual ethical dubiousness of Palmetto politics.
That’s why we were surprised to hear him rise in rebuke of the “Republican” agenda at a recent meeting of the S.C. House GOP caucus.
On the list?
1. Pro life/anti-dismemberment
2. Per Child Education Scholarships for kids with developmental disabilities
3. Eminent Domain Reform
4. Dam Safety
5. Ethics Reform
6. Updating the Castle Doctrine
7. Shortening Session/Biennial Budgeting
8. Restructuring DOT
9. Judicial Reform
10. Environmental Regulation Reform.
That’s pretty weak if you ask us … even if you flesh out some of the bigger ticket items (ethics reform, judicial reform, etc.) and assume the “Republican” leadership means business on them. Which of course … they don’t.
Anyway, Atwater reportedly rose and addressed S.C. Speaker of the House Jay Lucas after the unveiling of the above agenda … offering an uncharacteristically blunt assessment.
“This agenda sucks,” Atwater told Lucas, according to multiple lawmakers who attended the caucus gathering.
Several conservative lawmakers told us they agreed with Atwater … albeit their criticism of the agenda is coming from a vastly different ideological perspective.
Lucas is facing a badly divided caucus. Like, terribly divided. In an election year. And based on this, it sounds as though his efforts to bring them together are failing … miserably.