Tim Scott, Rick Wade. Rick Wade, Tim Scott.
Let The Buzz make some introductions here since Scott, the Republican U.S. senator from North Charleston, said Saturday that he has never met his new Democratic challenger.
“I know nothing at all” about Wade, Scott said a day after the business consultant and former Obama campaign adviser entered the 2014 race. (The Buzz won’t take offense that we had a front-page story about Wade that morning.)
With three black candidates announcing for the seat so far (add in Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson), an African-American could win a statewide election for the first time since Reconstruction.
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Scott, who started serving Jim DeMint’s unexpired term in January after he was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley, shied away from talk about race in the race.
“The campaign is going to be about eradicating poverty (and) talking about the issues of free markets,” he said after speaking to a group of youthful offenders in Columbia. “We believe that conservatism works.”
Democrats call Scott the senator for the Heritage Foundation, the conservative group DeMint now heads.
Scott’s reaction? “Silence is what I have to say,” he said out loud. “Everybody has a label for you. I’m going to let the people of South Carolina decide how good I’m working on their behalf. This is a job application. I’m applying for a job.”
Not all job applications come with $10,000-plus filing fee, though.
S.C. leaders, let us know what you’re doing
All nine of South Carolina’s statewide-elected officers, including the governor, would have to tell the public about all their official activities under a bill that state Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, said he plans to introduce next year.
The proposal comes after The State reported that Gov. Nikki Haley did not announce a trip to Washington, D.C., for a campaign fundraiser and a meeting with the U.S. Energy Department secretary as well as a speech to a Greenville business group organized by a campaign contributor. The events were mentioned in a roundup of the governor’s previous activities released by the governor’s office, just not announced in advance. Haley’s office said non-public, non-media events are not included in the governor’s advance schedule of public events.
Sellers, who is running for lieutenant governor in 2014, said he was not “picking on the governor” with his proposal. All statewide elected officers would have to comply if the measure passes – the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, comptroller general, secretary of state, education superintendent, agriculture commissioner and adjutant general.
Sellers said he still is working on details, including whether state officers would have to tell the public about their activities in advance.
Haley said last week that she had no problems with a proposal that would require her to disclose her schedule.
“We’ve really done a lot more than any other governor in terms of showing our public schedule (and) telling you when we’re in state or out of state (and) what we’re doing all the time,” she said. “It’s really worked.”
Rice’s fight vs. the ‘imperial presidency’
U.S. Rep. Tom Rice wants Congress to sue the White House for overstepping its authority in what the freshman Republican from Myrtle Beach calls “the establishment of what is in effect an imperial presidency.”
Rice introduced a resolution Thursday citing President Barack Obama for circumventing Congress on issues dealing with the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Homeland Security. The resolution has 29 co-sponsors including four other Republican congressmen from South Carolina – Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mark Sanford and Joe Wilson.
“Whereas because of President Obama’s continuing failure to faithfully execute the laws, his administration’s actions cannot be addressed by the enactment of new laws .... leaving Congress with no legislative remedy to prevent the establishment of what is in effect an imperial presidency,” the resolution reads. “Whereas it is therefore necessary and appropriate for Congress to turn to the courts to ensure the faithful execution of the laws as required by the Constitution.”
There was no word on reaction from the imperial headquarters, we mean, the White House.
McKinney nabs Mulvaney
Charleston developer Pat McKinney nabbed his first endorsement from an elected official in his GOP bid for S.C. lieutenant governor next year.
“He is a common-sense conservative whose experience in business and the private sector will allow him to bring a much-needed perspective to state government,” U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land said in a statement released by the McKinney campaign. “Pat is a leader we can trust.”
Republican Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell of Charleston has not announced whether he will seek another term or concentrate on efforts to become the president at his alma mater, the College of Charleston.
“So he knows how to run a business like government. I want somebody who can run government like a business.”
Tweet from S.C. Rep. Gary Simrill, R-York, on U.S. Senate challenger Lee Bright’s admission that he’s $1.4 million in debt; Bright is a state senator from Spartanburg.