Notes from the 2010 races.
There are 85 days left until the S.C. primary. There are 233 days left until Election Day 2010.
Bauer consultant draws fire
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Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer drew fire from Democrats last week for hiring a political consultant who once distributed a racial parody of President Obama.
Chip Saltzman made headlines last year when he withdrew from the race to run the national Republican Party for distributing to supporters a racially tinged parody about Obama.
A compact disc that Saltzman distributed included a song entitled "Barack the Magic Negro," a riff on the folk song "Puff the Magic Dragon."
Saltzman will replace Chris LaCavita, best known for his hand in the Swiftboats Veterans for Truth. That group's ads, which questioned U.S. Sen. John Kerry's military service, helped Republican President Bush win a second term.
SANFORD'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE
Where S.C.'s governor will be spending his time this week:
TUESDAY: 11 a.m. appearance at an event at the S.C. Department of Corrections featuring former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy
FRIDAY: 1 p.m. meeting with the Five Points Rotary Club, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"We must support President Obama's counterinsurgency strategy and trust our military leaders led by Gen. Petraeus and Gen. McChrystal."
- U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Lexington, last week urging members of Congress to vote against a resolution calling for the United States to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. The resolution was defeated.
Where and when lawmakers will eat and drink for free this week, and who's buying.
1-2 p.m., Lunch, State House grounds, State Farm Insurance
6-7:30 p.m. Reception for the Boeing Co., Capital City Club, The Business Community
6-8 p.m., Reception, Clarion Town House Hotel, Concrete and Cement Industries of S.C.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Reception and photography exhibit, 701 Whaley Street, S.C. Hospital Association
6-7:30 p.m., Reception, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Palmetto Land Title Association
8-10 a.m., Breakfast, Blatt Building, Room 112, S.C. Education Association