Scott Talley To Run Against Lee Bright

ANOTHER UPSTATE, S.C. POLITICAL REMATCH IN THE WORKS … Former S.C. Rep. Scott Talley is running for the S.C. Senate against two-term incumbent Lee Bright, a guy whose 2014 campaign for statewide office was an unmitigated disaster. Sort of like his business career … “True leadership is about creating solutions, not just…


Former S.C. Rep. Scott Talley is running for the S.C. Senate against two-term incumbent Lee Bright, a guy whose 2014 campaign for statewide office was an unmitigated disaster.

Sort of like his business career …

“True leadership is about creating solutions, not just identifying problems,” the 39-year-old trial lawyer said in a statement. “District 12 needs a senator who is accountable for his actions and accessible to his constituents.

This race will be a rematch of 2008, when Talley was defeated by Bright in a contentious GOP primary.  In 2012, Bright won a second term over former S.C. Senator John Hawkins in an even more contentious race.

We supported Bright both times … but we’d be hard pressed to do so again given his bizarre behavior of late (especially on the issue of abortion).

Of course we could never support Talley, who entered the S.C. State House as a reformer in 2001 but quickly wound up serving as a stooge for the liberal “Republican” leadership.

A third candidate, David McGraw of Greer, S.C., has also indicated his intention to seek the seat.  Hopefully we’ll learn a little more about him and his ideas over the coming weeks.

District 12 – map here – includes parts of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.


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Positivedifference54 January 27, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Better Talley than “what crazy thing has he done this time Bright”.

...Only less intelligent January 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Everytime I see a picture of Lee it reminds me of Corky from the show ‘Life Goes On’. Do an image search…you’ll see.

Ron Turner January 27, 2016 at 4:05 pm

“We supported Bright both times … but we’d be hard pressed to do so again given his bizarre behavior of late (especially on the issue of abortion).”

Will, what do you consider bizarre about being pro life? Just curious


fl ? p January 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

I find it very bizarre that old white males want to control womens’ bodies.

flop January 27, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Do you consider Moslems white? They aren’t, but just wondering what your thoughts were.

So ignorant January 28, 2016 at 8:27 am

Mislim isn’t a race. There are many white Muslims.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Depends how you do the control thing.

Superfly January 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm

David McGraw is the right man for the job, both in taking out Not so Bright, and actually accomplishing something in the Senate, other than pandering to special interest groups:

James January 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

David McGraw first campaign act was to pick the same political consultants that ran liberal Democrat Bacari Sellars’s campaign for Lt. Governor.

Not a great start.

TroubleBaby January 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Everyone here has heard of the song “Betty Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, right?

You know, “She’s got Bette Davis Eyes!”

I’m going to do a remake in Lee Bright’s honor, I’ll call it “Diabetes Eyes”.

My chorus line is just slightly different:

“He’s got Diabetes Eyes!”

Tazmaniac January 27, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Three newer articles and FITS still has the photo of Catherine on top, ………Catherine on top……what was I talking about?

Lone Ranger January 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Whups!…did we (FITS) somehow leave out of our ah “story” that Bright stood rightly to keep the flag of patriots up?

Why yes, Virginia, we DID don’tcha know because we’re trying so hard to keep the flag-rippers off of the curb with a cup

But there IS a long Tea Train running and voters WILL be gunning for the list they have of gutless turncoats you see

So hey…Bright?—he’ll be back defending patriots’ honor and Trump-slapping PC and the cowards will be…history !!!

TeaTards January 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

Tea Train? Is that where you guys link up your Jazzy Scooters and run a convoy up to the Golden Corral to talk about the good old days that never existed in the first place?

Lone Ranger January 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm

TeaTards and sparklecity–both sounds-like kitty–got their panties in a wad when Bright was roundly reelected
Their punk liberalism lost–and fellow flag-rippers paid the cost–and their PC RINO Joe Wilson was rejected !!!

sparklecity January 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Yeah, those incandescent light bulb factories that Bright proposed building (complete with tax-subsidized funding) have sprung up like mushrooms haven’t they????
Then there was his plan to store gold somewhere in a South Carolina version of Ft. Knox…’s built and the gold bought with funds from the taxpayers of the Great State of South Carolina is stored in the vaults just awaiting the total collapse of the USA ain’t it?????
You boy Bright is as full of shit as an Easter Turkey!!!!!

MashPotato January 28, 2016 at 2:30 am

That blank stare never gets old.

TroubleBaby January 28, 2016 at 8:17 am

Is it a blank stare or crazy stare?

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

He looks like Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys sans glasses.

sparklecity January 28, 2016 at 9:48 am

Speaking of Spartanburg/Greenville districts; That schlub Tom Corbin is worried sick about John White, Jr. (son of the late John White who owned “The Beacon”) opposing him in the upcoming primary.
I’ve already got 2 or 3 mailings from Corbin (the last one is a big-assed postcard that is so full of demagogue hogshit that it could power a methane powered generator for a week!).
I remember John jr. working behind the cash register at “The Beacon”. He went on to be a damn fine lawyer and ain’t nothing like that schlub Corbin. John White, Jr. has class and integrity (something that Corbin ain’t got an ounce of).
Corbin and Bright (along with Spartanburg county Sheriff Chuckie Wright & county councilman Nutt) are darlings of the Spartanburg Tea Party. The self appointed Queen for Life of the Spartanburg Tea Party (Ms. Karen Martin) has bestowed her personal blessing on both Corbin & Bright so it will be a tough fight in the primary.
I’m going to actively support (including financially) John White, Jr. and both individuals running against that schlub Lee Bright

southmauldin January 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

I saw a writeup in the Herald Journal. What are White’s chances against that bastard? And for the record, fuck Karen Martin.

sparklecity January 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I wouldn’t go so far as to say fuck Karen Martin (you know – that Karma thing…..) but I do think she needs to get a life outside of delusions of being a king maker………Ever notice how she elevates male candidates and only supports female candidates that appear subordinate in her own eyes??
Yeah, I just finished reading the online article in the Spartanburg H/J myself (you know from that old “dinosaur” called a newspaper that sources like FITS still turn to for information???).
According to the article, the debate was pretty “feisty” (of which I’m not surprised). If I had known about it, I would have attended. I’ve gotten several “mailings” from Corbin (because I vote in the Republican primaries I guess…) and it looks like he wanted to keep info from getting out. Again, that’s something that skunk would do. Since the exchange was pretty “fiesty’ that shows that Corbin is concerned. I haven’t gotten any mailings from White that I can think of
From what I remember of John White, Jr. he won’t take no shit and will give as good as he gets. His dad was like that too. A good & honest man. You knew where you stood with him. He was a no-nonsense businessman who worked his tail off but was fair as the day is long.
Corbin ain’t represented shit for the people of northern Spartanburg County (except for the hard right Tea Party types who voted him in). The state maintained roads in that district are as fucked up as any others. One state road in Corbin’s district connects Spartanburg & Greenville Counties and it has become heavily traveled. That road is a true disgrace (you’d think you were driving on some South American back country road for crying out loud!!!). I actually called him about it a year or two ago===not a fucking thing done about it since then
All’s Corbin’s done is evoke the evils of “Obammer” (like that has a fucking thing to do with local situations) He came out against the Duke power line situation without even going to the most important meeting when he stated he would be there (he sent an ass-kissing lackey in his place) then when Duke Power folded he come out like he was the Lone Ranger himself. Then there’s all that shit he got into degrading a female member of the SC House
You won’t see John White, Jr. pulling ANY of that shit I guarantee you that!!!
I hope White’s chances are good (I haven’t seen any data and I’m not a political wonk) – I know one thing, I’m gonna donate to his campaign and vote for him.
The good people of northwest Spartanburg & northeast Greenville counties deserve better than that blowhard Corbin fer sure!!!

Positivedifference54 January 28, 2016 at 10:56 pm

Were you talking about New Cut Rd? It’s supposed to be repaved this spring some time. CTC funding that the state doled out last year. 1 down 500 to go. Crappy roads in Spartanburg County for sure. Too many damn crappy roads in Spartanburg County.

Grrrr_Native January 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm

I haven’t received any mailings from the fat bastard yet…probably thinks he has Greer locked up, because he is that stupid. We’ve tried to recruit someone to run against him but they know he plays dirty and don’t really want to deal with that. Everything he said about his opponent in the last election was a lie, so hopefully White realizes that he will dig up any minor detail and try to spin it to his advantage.
I hope White is legit. I know a lot of people that will get behind him if he is. I wouldn’t put too much stock in the STP any more. Most everyone I talk to knows that they have a serious case of the crazy and don’t pay them any attention. I think they only get a handful of people to their meetings and it looks like nobody is bothering with the website anymore.

sparklecity January 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm

True about the website run by Queen Martin – she cranks out shit on that website like a PeZ dispenser but nary a comment. But don’t count her or her minions out though because they are serious about circling the wagons of those they voted in for office and since a lot of them have plenty of time on their hands they work hard for their misguided doctrines and can be counted on to vote no matter what.
Queen Martin hitched her wagon to Scott Walker and when he quit (probably much to her dismay…) it probably did throw a monkey in the wrench for a little while but don’t count Queen Martin down for the count.
What I know of John White Jr. is from the days when he helped his dad at The Beacon and reading about him representing somebody in court from time to time.
I take him to be a stand-up man who would be a great state senator who would truly represent ALL the people no matter what district he represented and not just kiss the asses of one particular faction (example the Tea Baggers). He lives in Landrum (which ain’t a hot-bed for rabid Tea Baggers). He’s a damn hard worker and the absolute last thing he would be is a demagogue like Corbin or Lee Bright (I feel certain about that).
IMHO we need more people in politics like John White, Jr.. The last thing this state or this country needs is types like Bright, Corbin & Duncan Hunter……..

BSmith January 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm

David McCraw is the man is this race. Talley is even more bankrupt than Bright ever was.

Not only did Talley file bankrupt but he stiffed his business partners.

Timothy McClimon February 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

I’m also planning to challenge Lee Bright in the primary. I’ll fund my own campaign, and I won’t associate with special interests. I’m 100% pro-life, pro-family. I’ll do all I can to lower taxes and simplify the code. And I’ll seek out common-sense reforms to fix the illegal immigration problem and improve our failing schools. I’d appreciate your support. I’ll file the paperwork soon and set up my website.


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