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Yancey McGill Switches Parties

VETERAN DEMOCRAT BECOMES A “REPUBLICAN” Former S.C. lieutenant governor Yancey McGill – who spent 25 years as Democratic State Senator prior to briefly inheriting the Palmetto State’s No. 2 post – switched to the “Republican” party this week. McGill, 63, paid his GOP membership fee in Williamsburg County, S.C. on Thursday…

VETERAN DEMOCRAT BECOMES A “REPUBLICAN”

Former S.C. lieutenant governor Yancey McGill – who spent 25 years as Democratic State Senator prior to briefly inheriting the Palmetto State’s No. 2 post – switched to the “Republican” party this week.

McGill, 63, paid his GOP membership fee in Williamsburg County, S.C. on Thursday evening – sparking rumors of a possible second installment to his lengthy political career.

Here’s a picture of McGill with his new friends …

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Yancey McGill Switches Parties

(Pic: Provided)

“(McGill) is one of the nicest, work-for-you legislators in South Carolina,” one Palmetto political blogger wrote recently.  “Too bad he is in the wrong party.”

Guess he’s fixed that …

McGill’s decision – while insignificant ideologically – represents a significant step in the ongoing evolution (or devolution) of the once-dominant Democratic Party in the Palmetto State.  Thanks to the creation of heavily gerrymandered “majority-minority” districts, white Democrats are gradually being squeezed out of existence.

That squeeze has created a bigger – but decidedly bluer – “Republican” party.  It’s also made Democrats perpetual minorities in both chambers of the S.C. General Assembly.

McGill saw the handwriting on the wall a long time ago.  He nearly lost his S.C. Senate race in 2012 to S.C. Rep. Cezar McKnight – prevailing by fewer than 100 votes out of nearly 13,000 cast – and was likely to be defeated by a black candidate in 2016.  So he agreed to “ascend” to the largely ceremonial lieutenant governor’s office in 2014 when no GOP Senator was willing to take the vacant post on a short-term basis.

At the time, McGill’s decision was part of a major GOP power struggle – his decision now is the latest evidence of Democratic ineptness.

Neither Democratic nor “Republican” officials were immediately available to comment on McGill’s decision – but several GOP politicos told us they expected the veteran politician to become an “extremely viable” candidate for his new party.  One even cited McGill’s recent work in the office of current S.C. lieutenant governor Henry McMaster, a likely 2018 gubernatorial contender.

“They could run as a ticket,” the politico suggested.

UPDATE: Democrats respond …

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66 comments

CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 4:21 am

I dunno if the Republican Party as it now stands is anything I would want to hitch my wagon to. A year or two ago, it was a good way to get a guaranteed shitload of votes, courtesy of idiots voting straight ticket.

If the Republican Party circumvents the will of an apparent majority and derails Trump’s candidacy, they may soon be as irrelevant as the old Whig party.

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:24 am

Couldn’t agree more on Trump.As far as switching I became a flaming homosexual years ago and never looked back. LMAO!

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

LMAO!!! Looks like pogo is back to his old tricks! So sad!

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pogo March 18, 2016 at 8:36 am

Not me.I am no longer contributing.Just checking in to read articles during the political season.

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

You don’t have to lie. It’s really cute how you have to impersonate me. Just shows that I’m really deep under your skin.

Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

I get so confused after a bender of Wild Turkey and so buzzed.Am I me or am I him.LMAO!

Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

I will miss you and my assignment Will change from HQ. LMAO!

Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

Playing Pogo like a fiddle, now he can go around with a pro-Sanders avatar. LMAO!!!

tomstickler March 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

So a fool returns to his folly.

Rocky Verdad March 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

Interestingly, there’s news stories posted on a local website about the same time you came to “read” up. Did you read where Trump is polling as a loser in NY to Hillary-ous? OH and FL too.

Flip March 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

LMAO!!! Both Hillary AND Bernie make Trump look like the loser he is! Good catch Rocky!

tomstickler March 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

Time to file another impersonation complaint. Do it for the good of the blog.

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

Is it true you dressed as a girl at Ohio State and Woody nick named you ‘powder puff’ and Bo called ya ‘tootsie’?LMAO!Don’t tell Boz.He may want to borrow your old dresses! LMAO!

Flip March 18, 2016 at 9:53 am

Done and done! Have my lawyer checking into things too.

Amen Corner March 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

Amen!!!

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Constantine March 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

Agreed, even thwarting the will of a plurality should Trump not get a majority of delegates could wreck havoc on the party. The question is, what would replace the Republicans? Doubtful of the Libertarians since social conservatives wont wear it and I really don’t see us going back to one party/two factions like we had under the Democrats from 1876-1964. I really have no clue what would replace the GOP other then maybe a revived Southern party like the old Dixiecrats.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

Good point, Constantine! In a way, I’d love to see both parties collapse and dissolve into the nothingness from which they came. The two-party system has wreaked havoc on this nation for far too long. It has supported harmful power brokering and other negative acts that we could have well done without. Sadly, crooks being what they are, new parties would likely form along similar lines in short order, again making a run for high office by an honest Joe Average, again an impossibility.

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 9:51 am

So called conservatives like Beck etc…are really showing their losing asses.Why I stand with Bernie the Communist! We would crush dissent! LMAO!

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

GOP is finished if they deny Trump the nomination.20-25% of Republicans will sit it out and they will lose senate,house and take huge hits in the state legislatures.As a Bernie supporter that would support Trump I believe this will all be worked out before convention.I know those Bernie kids aren’t voting for Hillary.

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nitrat March 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

Trump has a plurality, not a majority.
But, the way Republicans act in Congress, it’s clear they have great contempt for the concept of majority rule, too.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

ALL ABOARD The Trump Train!!

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:54 am

That train the boys ran on me last night can’t be Trumped! TOOOT TOOOT!!!

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So you weren't the caboose? March 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

lol

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shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 7:25 am

“They could run as a ticket,” the politico suggested.”

Someone remind me who was the “Perpetual Liar” whose catch-phrase was “Yeah, THAT’S the ticket!”.

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Tazmaniac March 18, 2016 at 8:06 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyp9fh-u4w8

Jon Lovitz. With my beautiful wife, Morgan Fairchild! Yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket!

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

You’re cute.Can I take you to my bond hearing? Ever been to Ohio? LMAO!

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shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

I’ve always been let off on my own recognizance — still no convictions.

True Story: Which reminds me of this. Anybody out there remember the bonding company in Lexington owned by the two lesbians, one was white and the other was black? Their business card was pink with their silhouettes in black outlines facing each other (I think I still have one somewhere). The company name was “Two Ladies Bonding”

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

LMAO!

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shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

Their favorite line to folks who were curious was “— and we both pack a lot of heat!”

Flip March 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

You’re a true gentleman!

CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

I had forgotten about them, Shifty. I wonder what became of them. Just did a quick google and “nothing”.

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shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

I don’t remember when the business closed but it was after the black woman was found tied up in their office and about $20,000 was missing. I could be wrong on this but I think the black woman was charged with faking the robbery. I may come across one of their business cards with their names but I don’t know where I stored them.

CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

Wow Shifty, I seem to vaguely remember something along those lines. That’s been some time ago, or so it seems.

Tazmaniac March 18, 2016 at 11:12 am

Remember when we used to play “rewrite the headline” at the Rock Hill Herald? The article about the lesbian CDV where the butch lacerated the fem on the cheek/nose area? I rewrote it to “Butch Lesbian puts nasty gash on girlfriends face!”. Good times, good times, highest local upvote I ever had. Also when the family members would come on the board to defend their white trash or hood rat arrested in an article, the best.

CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

That is great, Taz!!!! You know, that’s one of the things I forgot about but do miss over here; the absence of the white trash or hoodrat friends and relatives of decedents who passed by their own stupidity. I think my favorite dumbass line from members of those camps was, “nobody deserves to die, ever”, I guess in disagreement with a system that’s been in progress since the first man and woman walked the Earth and later expired.

I thought we were close to getting a hint of those days from friends of the “SCDOT employee” on that thread, but it fizzled. I hope Fits has some interesting findings from that interesting and scary incident.

shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm

You just reminded of the following I made several years ago and posted but no body liked it …… all from headlines on Fitsnews all in one week, I think:
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MARK SANFORD’S HOUSE OF CARDS

THE QUEEN IS PISSED… GET READY TO RUMBLE

CRUISE SHIP WAR: DARLA VS NIKKI 2

CANDACE BESSINGER WILL RUN FOR US SENATE

THAD VIERS GOT INDICTED… WAITING ON A VERDICT

HOLY HARPOOTLIAN EXPECTATIONS GAME

TIME TO ORGASM LADIES: TEXT MESSAGE GOLD MINE

shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

could have been 10 – 12 years (?)

CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Maybe…

shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Slowly coming back, I think those two started out as bail recovery agents at a bond office on Broad River Road near the titty bar (where that attorney killed the manager and got caught at his house). I used to hang out there occasionally. Also I think it was WIS TV that aired a long news video about them. Someone may be able to find it.

Rocky Verdad March 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

God you law enforcement types have great stories.

Rocky Verdad March 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

Jon Lovitz. Oh, and let’s not forget his great line in League of Their Own – “I’m going home, give the wife a little pickle tickle, and going to sleep.”

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shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

thanks…..

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shifty henry March 18, 2016 at 8:54 am

I read the headline as “… Switches Panties” and I was looking at Nikki. This was before I had my first drink of coffee this morning. Anyways, Will is still posting attractive fotos of Nikki and what’s that all about? I think his “soon-to-be-published expose” has been abandoned (yawn)…..

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Rocky Verdad March 18, 2016 at 10:22 am

In case you don’t see it, re: you’re posts about La Chica with T-Rav – the Colonel suggested that “waxed hard-floor” might be oiled cork?

I’m going with Brazilian Cherry.

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Tazmaniac March 18, 2016 at 11:26 am

Brazilan yes…….cherry………not so much.

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TroubleBaby March 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

“That squeeze has created a bigger – but decidedly bluer – “Republican” party.”

It’s important to not only “squeeze”, but pull as well. No one wants to see a Republican party with blue balls.

Speaking of Republican blue balls, isn’t there any way to circulate a petition among us hoi polloi that would force cockroaches to stop being able to label themselves other than the “cockroach party”?

If they don’t like wearing the “C” label and ignore us, maybe we can compromise and abolish the Democratic and Republican parties and call them “Republicrats”?

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LOL March 18, 2016 at 9:18 am

Williamsburg County has been screwed for decades thanks to the McGills, BJ Gordon, Ken Kennedy and the like.
Williamsburg County was the only County which kept Lexington, Horey, and Cherokee from having the most unethical, immoral and corrupt moniker for a long, long time. The Horey County and Cherokee had their “Mafias” just like Lexington. Most all of Lexington’s Mafia (illegal gambling Ring) is gone, thanks to the Feds. I guess Williamsburg’s is looking at a possible rebirth!

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CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

Good points except for the part about the Lexington Mafia being, “mostly gone, thanks to the Feds”. They are still alive, well, and offering their candidates for key offices. Only one went to jail. Well, maybe two, if you count a very well staged hit, but he’ll get a sweetheart deal and be free in no time, IMO.

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Elfego March 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

This just shows it is all about the individual politician and nothing more. The State House in Columbia is over ridden with Democrats that run as Republicans.

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 11:26 am

Republicans have the option of running out those candidates in the primary.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

I can’t believe Will hasn’t yet covered the movement in the State House to repeal the tampon tax.

http://www.wltx.com/mb/news/politics/lawmakers-look-to-get-rid-of-tampon-tax/87282649

I’m thinking Arby’s, ………………….. au jus!

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

There’s a tampon tax? Damn that’s just crazy.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 18, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Bloody right you are!!!!

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Those at the Statehouse seem for the most part to be self-absorbed, if you will.

Thus I would have more expected some move on douchebag sales tax.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm

LOL! Well played, Sir!!!!

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nitrat March 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

Exactly where is Yancey going to be an “extremely viable” candidate? A statewide candidate? OMG!
I’m literally sitting here by myself laughing out loud over that.

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vicupstate March 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Maybe he can pull an Andre Bauer and move to a different part of the state until he wins something.

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Lone Ranger March 18, 2016 at 2:23 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 !!!

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Flip March 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

A bunch of losers voted to keep the traitor’s rag,

Clearly they don’t support the union flag

Maybe if to earn money Bright had to bust a sweat,

His lazy butt could climb out of his sinkhole of debt.

Peeler is about as corrupt as they come,

Vote for him and there’s no question you’re dumb.

Lone Ranger proves what a nincompoop he really is,

Take your racist flag home and mind your own biz!

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Lone Ranger March 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Flip thought he was the next Notorious Big basking in drugs and rap
But all he had was Section 8 and an ACORN card–he was full of crap !!!

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LouieBuoy March 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Ms. Lindsey Graham must have lured him in with his liberal ways and what not.

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Writenow March 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm

I believe that’s a reverse, “switch and bait.”

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