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Group Could Spend $200,000 On Campaign To Oust Hugh Leatherman

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POWERFUL S.C. SENATE LEADER COULD FACE WELL-FUNDED CHALLENGE THIS YEAR

A group which which brands itself as a voice for fiscally conservative public policy is reportedly pledging to spend more than $200,000 on a campaign to unseat the most powerful politician in the Palmetto State.

The S.C. Club for Growth – an arm of the national Club for Growth – wants to devote that sum in an effort to defeat liberal S.C. Senate president Hugh Leatherman, who has run unopposed in his last several elections.

Not only that, they’ve reportedly picked out their ideal candidate and conducted preliminary polling in the rural Senate District that Leatherman has represented for the past three-and-a-half decades.

Representatives of the Club were not immediately available for comment, but we’re told the six-figure funding commitment was made to a Florence-area small businessman who is active in the local “Republican” party.

This website has been one of Leatherman’s most relentless critics over the years – although of late we’ve gotten some company from others who are similarly concerned with his unscrupulous wielding of near-dictatorial power.

This is especially true as it relates to road funding – an area in which Leatherman has some major conflicts of interest.

(See here and here).

One small problem?  The diminutive 84-year-old leader has a whopping $690,000 in his campaign account, according to the latest reports filed with the S.C. State Election Commission.  And that’s just the beginning of the resources he could potentially summon to defend his seat.

In other words spending $200,000 against him may not be enough to get the job done … especially when you consider the tremendous institutional support he’s purchased over the years with your tax dollars.

First elected in 1980 as a Democrat, Leatherman switched parties and later became chairman of the Senate’s powerful finance committee.  In 2014 he became president of the Senate.

Stay tuned … we hope to have an update on this story soon.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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