And Another Thing
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on April 24, 2014
A quick update on the James for General campaign. When we last discussed James Breazeale’s attempt to bypass the military meritocracy and get a voter-initiated promotion and become South Carolina’s adjutant general, he was telling me he would hold a news conference the following week to clear the air on how he came to be on probation following 2013 charges that he was stalking his second ex-wife.
This week, Mr. Breazeale sent an email to a reporter for the Florence Morning News and me letting us know that instead of a news conference, he was just making his attorney available for us to call, and that she would be happy to provide documents. He explained:
It is the contention of the James for General campaign that recent articles in your publications did not take the following facts into account:
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on April 17, 2014
I didn’t get a lot done on Wednesday, what with taking all the phone calls and responding to emails from people who just loved, loved, loved my column about the five attempts by House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s friends to intimidate the attorney general or quash a Grand Jury investigation.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on April 16, 2014
Back when he was supporting it, Rep. James Smith told me that legislation he and 80-some other House members sponsored to let House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Senate President Pro Tem John Courson appoint a special prosecutor to displace the attorney general in ethics investigations of “constitutional officers” applied to legislators. (My column today explains this in greater detail.)
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on April 10, 2014
The most important thing to consider about James Breazeale’s attempt to unseat Adjutant General Bob Livingston in the June Republican primary is rank: Mr. Livingston is an honest-to-goodness general; he had that title before he ran for office four years ago. But as I explained in my column today, after 24 years in the military, Mr. Breazeale, a commercial airline pilot from Florence, is just a lieutenant colonel, and so the only way he can become a general is by being elected.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on April 8, 2014
I promise I’m not going to make a regular practice of sharing my email, but I continue to be fascinated by the response to my contention in a blog post last week that Gov. Nikki Haley and Chief Justice Jean Toal are the only powerful women we’ve ever had in S.C. government.