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MORNING BUZZ: How 'House of Cards' debut is 'almost like Christmas Eve' to one SC pol

02/14/2014 12:59 AM

02/14/2014 8:04 AM

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, is a big fan of "House of Cards," in part because he hails from the same hometown as the show’s notorious main character, Frank Underwood.

Peeler took a moment from tweeting about the Netflix series to share some thoughts with The Buzz about the critically acclaimed show ahead of its second-season premiere today.

Why do like the show so much?

“For me it is special because it’s all about a congressman from Gaffney, and you can tell it’s fiction because the congressman is a Democrat.

Is it true to the spirit of Gaffnese?

Not always. In the show, they say, “Never slap a man while he’s chewing tobacco." What we really say in Gaffney is, “Punch him in the stomach, make him swallow it, then slap him.”

That sounds a lot tougher than Frank Underwood.

We’re a lot tougher in real life Gaffney then they propose in the movies. I’m disappointed that they don’t use more local scenes here in Gaffney. If they really wanted to make it authentic, they would need to have an episode about the Gaffney High School football team and the famous tunnel at the football field. I think we need some stand-ins, and I know who would be more than willing to do that.

What would you add to the show?

Humor and real-life Gaffney -- I could really tell you what we say if Gaffney. It’s almost like Christmas Eve for me today. We’ll be binge-watching this weekend. I told my wife, we’ll celebrate Valentine’s next weekend.

Real-life SC pols recite Frank's lines

Watch S.C. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy and Jim Clyburn as well as U.S. Sen. Tim Scott do their best Frank Underwood impressions from "House of Cards."

(Missing is the congressman who actually represents Gaffney -- Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land. The Buzz suspects he was probably busy plowing snow off the streets.)

(Can't see it? Here's a link)

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