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Kenny Bingham Won’t Seek Reelection To S.C. House

POWERFUL “REPUBLICAN” LAWMAKER MULLING FUTURE Kenny Bingham – the powerful South Carolina state lawmaker who is currently suing this website and its founding editor for libel – will not seek reelection to the S.C. House of Representatives in 2016. News of Bingham’s decision was first reported by Andrew Shain of The (Columbia,…

POWERFUL “REPUBLICAN” LAWMAKER MULLING FUTURE

Kenny Bingham – the powerful South Carolina state lawmaker who is currently suing this website and its founding editor for libel – will not seek reelection to the S.C. House of Representatives in 2016.

News of Bingham’s decision was first reported by Andrew Shain of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, who referred to him as a “go-to player” in the legislature.

That’s accurate.  The 53-year-old owner of a Cayce, S.C. engineering firm was widely viewed as a frontrunner to become the next speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives – and his last minute decision not to run for reelection to the House (filing for legislative offices opens next week) raises a host of questions as to what may have motivated his decision.

“He’s too ambitious for there not to be a reason,” one state lawmaker told us.

Shain’s article referenced as much …

“Bingham had unfulfilled ambitions to be S.C. House speaker one day,” he reported.

“Republican” sources tell us Bingham may be in the process of transferring his ambition to the S.C. Senate – specifically a possible bid against State Senator Nikki Setzler, one of the few remaining white Democrats in the S.C. General Assembly.

Bingham would be giving up a lot of influence in the House to become a freshman Senator, though.  He is currently chairman of the S.C. House ethics committee – the legislative self-policing panel that whitewashed the transgressions of governor Nikki Haley four years ago.  He’s also a member of the powerful ways and means committee, which gets first crack at drafting the state budget each year.  Prior to that, he was the “majority” leader of the “Republican-controlled” S.C. House from 2008-12.

The weakness of current S.C. speaker Jay Lucas in the aftermath of last year’s Confederate flag flap seemed to open a door for Bingham – in fact many lawmakers have told us he nearly beat out Lucas for the job when it became available in late 2014.

“He was next in line,” one told us.

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25 comments

old jakie March 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Trying to be out of sight and out of mind before the tsunami hits !!

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Mark March 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Maybe he Will own FitsNews?

” I like a new challenge, new opportunities”

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jimlewisowb March 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Bingham has no choice but to quit

His local Tractor Supply store has stopped carrying Dapper Dan and without it Bingham refuses to appear in public

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Eye In The Sky March 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm

The Dept of Justice is watching him.

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Mac March 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

You are talking out of your ass. Pure character assignation.

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John March 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm

That’s what this website and the comment section is for, right?

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Mac Goes 2 Prison March 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm

They know who you are and where you live.

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Pogo March 9, 2016 at 8:28 am

I know all about talking out of my ass, it’s the only way I can communicate.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 8, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Only a few things you can say…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XFVQJ9HRVOY

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Bill March 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm

My thoughts as well. My guess is that the fed’s told him not to run with what’s coming down the pipe. The rats are scurrying for cover. Bobby Harrell say’s hi!

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I hope the Feds slam dunk him March 9, 2016 at 12:14 am

Everyone knows this disgusting pig made most of his money through shady backroom gooberment deals to his firm. Good riddance. Maybe he’ll hire Haley to do some shady bookkeeping for him.

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???? March 9, 2016 at 8:01 am

Is he still kicking FITS butt in court?

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Rocky Verdad March 9, 2016 at 8:13 am

In mediation.

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PilF March 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

BY CHARLES D. PERRY

cperry@thesunnews.com

The S.C. Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld an Horry County jury’s decision that The Sun News and former investigative reporter David Wren defamed Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley in stories about campaign contributions.

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article54544510.html#storylink=cpy

Sounds like trouble.

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Pogo March 9, 2016 at 8:29 am

Maybe I can file one of my fake lawsuits if he is. It will help keep me from having to find a job.

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Rocky Verdad March 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

You could start a real estate investment seminar school.

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PilF March 9, 2016 at 8:31 am

Or a foundation like the Clinton’s! LMAO!!!

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Pogo March 9, 2016 at 8:32 am

I think Bristol Palin made lots of money that way. Thank goodness, I can be a total screwup and still make it thanks to gullible dumb Republicans like myself.

mamatiger92 March 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

A foundation supported by the likes of Donald Trump, no less.

Pogo March 9, 2016 at 8:32 am

I could claim I’m a consultant and take welfare. Oh wait, I already do that! LMAO!!!

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west_rhino March 9, 2016 at 9:40 am

so who’s the lady talkin to him on the floor? I think I’ve seen that hounds tooth somewhere before

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12345678987654321 March 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Her name is Emma Dean, a staff attorney for the House

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lance March 9, 2016 at 10:37 am

Maybe he’s retiring. He looks to be seventyish.

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erneba March 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

Seems as though he has too much to lose by running for the Senate. But, many a politician have danced to the tune of a stranger jig.

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euwe max March 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Every time a little girl smiles, a Republican fails.

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