SC politics: GOP governors take another shot at Democrat Sheheen

March 31, 2014 

GOP governors take another shot at Democrat Sheheen

The Republican Governors Association, an ally to Gov. Nikki Haley, released another ad Monday attacking state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, her Democratic opponent, for his support for the Affordable Care Act.

A Camden attorney, Sheheen is the only Democrat running for governor in November’s general election. Sheheen also ran in 2010, losing to Haley by 4.5 percentage points.

The 30-second television ad features Mary Hagan, a Powdersville resident and mother of two, who said her son is autistic and her husband recently was diagnosed with coronary artery disease.

Hagan said her family’s health insurance premiums have increase 30 percent as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

“We have to have health insurance,” Hagan said. “It makes it hard. It’s not been affordable at all. I don’t trust ObamaCare for my family, and I don’t trust Vincent Sheheen for supporting it.”

Sheheen supported accepting federal money to expand the state’s Medicaid insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Republican Tom Ervin has filed to run against Haley in June’s GOP primary. Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves also have filed to run for the seat.

Christian music star performs at fundraiser for Graham opponent

Christian recording star Steven Curtis Chapman is helping Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Cash raise money for his campaign.

Chapman gave a mini-concert at Cash’s “One Nation Under God Rally” Monday at the TD Center in Greenville. Cash gave a speech about how America’s greatness came from Christian values and how the country’s place in the world is threatened in modern society.

Tickets for the concert cost $32 each. Cash is trying to raise money to beat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who had more than $7 million in his campaign account at the end of last year. Cash had about $250,000.

Cash is one of six Republicans trying to beat Graham in the June 10 primary.

Oh, Canada! Governor’s schedule and activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for this week, released Monday by her staff, is:

Through Wednesday – Accompany economic-development officials on a Canadian trade mission, including meetings in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal

Thursday, 1 p.m. – Join Children’s Trust to celebrate its 30th anniversary and present a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month, State House

Friday, 2 p.m. – Take part in Early Autism Project Inc. grand opening, West Columbia

According to her office, Haley’s activities last week included:

3 each – Economic development meetings, including a meeting with U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and BMW executives, and taking part in that company’s announcement of plans to expand its Greer auto plant; also, meetings or calls concerning unidentified state agencies; also, meetings concerning state policy

2 – Speeches, to the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island and to chief human resource officers at the Talent Architect Conference in Columbia

1 each – Meeting with Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae, Japan’s Atlanta consul general Kazuo Sunaga, and Japanese Consul for Economic and Intergovernmental Affairs Midori Yamamitsu, at the State House; also, a media activity, a print interview; also, a ceremonial duty, presenting a “Liberty Day Proclamation” at the State House; also, a meeting with a constituent; also, a visit to a school, the Coastal Montessori Charter School, Pawleys Island; also, participating in “Dillon County Day” by the Original Six Foundation, Haley’s charity

Busiest day: Wednesday, with seven activities

Slowest days: Monday and Tuesday, with one activity each; Also, on neither day did Haley go to her State House office, according to her schedule

Of note: “Dillon County Day” was held Saturday

Jamie Self, the Associated Press and staff contributed

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