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Scandal-Scarred SC Lawmaker Draws Two Challengers




A scandal-scarred South Carolina state lawmaker – who has the blessing of the liberal “Republican” Senator he is seeking to replace – will face a pair of challengers for an open S.C. Senate seat.

Stephen Goldfinch – who has been all over our pages for all the wrong reasons over the years – will be challenged by a mechanical engineer and a social conservative attorney for S.C. Senate district 34 (map here), which runs along the Palmetto State’s coastline.

Joe Ford – a general contractor from Pawleys Island, S.C. – is one of the candidates running for the seat being vacated by liberal S.C. Senator Ray Cleary.

“I, like many of my fellow citizens, am tired of our elected official and government bureaucrats serving themselves and special interests and covering up wrong doing, instead of taking responsibility and fixing the problems within our government,” Ford said.  “We can no longer allow politicians and government to police themselves without outside oversight and public scrutiny.  Too many times unethical behavior and corruption gets covered up by internal reviews and determinations that the emperor can do no wrong. They are not the emperors, they are public servants.”

Nice …

Also said to be running?  Reese Boyd, a Conway, S.C. attorney and chairman of the socially conservative Palmetto Family Council.  Boyd is also a board member of the S.C. Club for Growth, which is organizing several well-funded campaigns against incumbent lawmakers.

Either Ford or Boyd would be preferable to Goldfinch, who narrowly won reelection to his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives last year thanks to an endorsement from governor Nikki Haley.

So far we like what we’ve heard from Ford, a citizen activist who has engaged on behalf of local taxpayers in several recent scrapes with government bureaucrats.