SC politics: Former Rep. Herb Kirsh taken off life support

January 28, 2014 

Herb Kirsh

Former Rep. Herb Kirsh dies

Former state Rep. Herb Kirsh, the Clover Democrat who was at one time the longest-serving member of the S.C. General Assembly, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, family said.

Kirsh, 84, had suffered a series of falls starting in December and had been hospitalized and at rehabilitation centers since, said Kevin Kirsh, one of Herb Kirsh’s sons. After being hospitalized Saturday again at a hospital in Gaston County, N.C., doctors found blood clots in Kirsh’s legs and his body functions started to fail, Kevin Kirsh said.

Kirsh was defeated by Republican Tommy Pope in the 2010 elections but before that was a legendary figure in S.C. politics. A Democrat who repeatedly refused to switch parties despite his fiscal conservatism that earned him the nickname of “Representative No,” Kirsh was respected and beloved by members of both parties, and powerful political leaders routinely sought his favor and support.

GOP Senate candidate names steering committee

U.S. Senate candidate Bill Connor announced a statewide steering committee Tuesday that includes a trio of retired generals.

The Orangeburg attorney, a retired 23-year U.S. Army veteran and current lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, is one of four candidates challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in June’s Republican primary.

Among those on Connor’s steering committee are Lt. Gen. Colby Broadwater of Charleston; Major Gen. Paul Vallely, a Fox News military analyst; and Maj. Gen. John B. Allen, all retired.

Connor’s committee also includes some county party leaders and conservative groups officials.

The (Rock Hill) Herald and staff writer Andrew Shain contributed

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