Scandal-Scarred SC Lawmaker Draws Two Challengers

COASTAL STATE SENATE RACE IS ON! 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…


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.


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Mike at the Beach March 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Reece Boyd it is, then! Let the games begin! Where is my checkbook…

well-i-am into it March 10, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Hey Mike, so good to see you here. Trust the good LORD has kept you well. About Reese Boyd III, I remember that he was partner with Goldfinch in the Boyd-Goldfinch law firm at the same location which is now Goldfinch Winslow. To his credit, Reese pulled out of the law firm partnership with Goldfinch immediately as soon as Goldfinch’s criminal information became public in Nov/Dec 2013. I am sure Reese Boyd has some inside info on Goldfinch. Boyd-Goldfinch was dissolved in early Jan 2014. Boyd also served in the Carol Campbell administration, I think..but not sure.

Mike at the Beach March 10, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Hola, mi amigo. Boyd is a solid guy with a solid record and a grown up, which is why he will be getting my vote. Just as important, however, is what he is not – a douchebag Daddy’s boy with a sleazy past (and current, for that matter). Goldfinch rolled in on teh “R” next to his name last time. Hopefully the primary will take care of the voter apathy this time (even with the other clowns in the race).

well-i-am into it March 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

I agree Boyd is a very competent. But he needs to answer (1) why did he pick Goldfinch as his partner when at that time Goldfinch had no experience and was just out of law school (2) reasons why did left the partnership after almost 3 years in business with Goldfinch. You cannot have someone elected to senate who will readily partner with crooks in the shadows as long as the going is good and truth is hidden from public. Given the lobbyists pressures and the senate power, we need someone in senate with a backbone and the brains to resist evil and finally focus on working for the public. This is a crucial election and our nation is overtaken by crooks at all levels and they need to be kicked out and replaced with honest folks. We have been blind for too long and need to wake up and take a super close look at people we elect to begin the cleanup process. For me and people I know, anything related to Goldfinch is disgusting. So a reasonable explanation about his business relationship with Goldfinch will encourage us to vote for Boyd.

Mike at the Beach March 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

Valid questions. I don’t know, but I get the vibe that he nailed once he figured out that Goldfinch’s deal he extricated himself from that situation. I’ll find out the old fashioned way. I’ll ask him.

well-i-am into it March 11, 2016 at 11:06 am

Great!! Please let us know the detailed response from Reese Boyd about Goldfinch issue. We are glad to vote for Boyd who, other than this bothersome past close association with Goldfinch, appears to be the ideal candidate. I predict that Trikki NIkki will also be throwing her support behind Boyd.

Mike at the Beach March 11, 2016 at 11:41 am

Not that Nikki calls me much (okay…never), but folks are saying she feels a little burned on him. I hope she supports Boyd.

well-i-am into it March 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Ha ha…its commonplace for Nikki to feel little burned…story of her life some say. But Trikki Nikki learned not to let that interfere with her sharp political chess game. Reese Boyd is probably the best guy to push ethics reform for her in senate, which is long overdue and she wants it as her legacy. Plus the roads and accountable DOT reform are to be her legacy too. Imagine, years from now people will say these beautiful roads were built in the time of Nikki. So, I see a makeup, if she sees Boyd as someone she can work with on a few major issues. Whatever reason was a burn for anyway?

Mike at the Beach March 11, 2016 at 2:56 pm

I was referring to Goldfinch. She’s helped him in the past, before she discovered his penchant for douchebaggerry.

well-i-am into it March 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Oh..that..Did you see a news piece in The State which said Nikki is not supporting Goldfinch senate run. I think this piece came out within this week. Yes, sure…Goldfinch must have lied to and deceived Nikki the way he deceived the whole world. That whole affair is disgusting, including the fact that Nikki and Tim Scott stood in support of Goldfinch’s lies against a good doctor. Shame on everybody.

TroubleBaby March 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm

“its commonplace for Nikki to feel little burned”

I think you used the wrong tense there, let me help:

“it’s commonplace for Nikki to feel burning and itching”

J.Smith March 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Boz doesn’t like him so I would vote for him.

Mike at the Beach March 11, 2016 at 2:24 am

Come on, now! Even a blind squirrel, ya know? Unless you’re talking about Boyd, in which yes…vote!

Buzz Martin March 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

I thought it was a blind pig. No, never mind. I’d rather be a blind squirrel. Not as many people want to slaughter and eat you.

Flip March 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

LMAO! No idea how I’ll die but hopefully it won’t involve mustard based BBQ sauce!

Mike at the Beach March 12, 2016 at 12:39 am

Blind squirrel, blind pig, dead clock, turkey in a hurricane…pick your idiom. Bottom line is that even you and I are right once in a great while.

Buzz Martin March 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

For the record, I do like Reese Boyd. I certainly don’t agree with him on every issue. But he’s an honest guy, who is dedicated to doing what is right. That’s rare these days, among politicians. Extremely rare.

Flip March 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

Honest politicians are a rare breed. I would rather have an honest person I disagree with than a dishonest person I agree with in government. You and Mike seem like good people so if you trust Boyd I’m sure I can too.

Reality on the Coast March 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm

Goldfinch is horrendous. He is about as bad as any politician can be. No one wants their kids to grow up to be like that douche.

Boning Mrs. Goldfinch March 11, 2016 at 9:05 am

Time to dump the neck-beard honey and get with a real man!

Mike at the Beach March 12, 2016 at 12:36 am

If you had no chin you would grow one too…admit it! ;-)

Mike at the Beach March 13, 2016 at 12:41 am

Good Lord…I just noticed your profile name! That’s quality work, that…

Lone Ranger March 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Senators Bright, Verdin and Peeler had the guts to honor patriots and Southern heritage by voting to KEEP the flag

And there are 20 House members with steadfast loyalty whom Tea WILL support and about whom we can brag

Those patriot House members are Bedingfield, Burns, Chumley, Corley, Delleney, Hardee, Hill, Johnson and Kennedy

Then Loftis—Moss (both D.C. and V.S.), Nanney, Putnam, Simrill, Spires, Stringer, Taylor, Thaylor—and let’s see

White makes twenty and that is plenty of reason to get out and vote this year and beyond that let us just say

Legislators’ names YOU DON’T SEE HERE…let us make it crystal clear…need to be UNELECTED on election day !!!

Mike at the Beach March 12, 2016 at 12:35 am

Those of us who will suffer Goldfinch’s nitwittery if elected will take help from all comers. Go get ‘im, Tiger!

Mike at the Beach March 16, 2016 at 12:03 am

Strange rumblings down here in the Redneck Riviera! Our chinless bearded wonder who would be Senator is getting pissy! According to two people at an unrelated event yesterday, he’s supposedly texting folks talking about he plans to “take down” Boyd and “anyone who works for him.” No one would show me the text because they didn’t want to betray the person who forwarded it. Hilarious…he’s either genuinely power-crazed and evil, or hilariously un-self aware. I vote “both.”


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