Politics in South Carolina has been liken unto a Opera possibly something from the Marriage of Figaro. The Governor, Mark Sanford, plays the carousing Husband who plans a getaway to see his mistress in Argentina. He uses a diversionary technique to throw off those who would out the antics of the leader who leads a double life. The scorned wife, Jenny Sanford, leaks information to the town squires so all in the land can hear of the leader of the South’s dishonesty toward the land. Act I.
Act II – The Commoner
Congressman Joe Wilson, screams out for all to hear, the Emperor has no cloths”. All in the land attack this little one because of course the emperor wears the very best clothing and by this clothing it is evidence of his Kingship.
Act III- The Newberry Opera, The Debate on who would replace the leader
After all the State has been through, how ironic that the first in the State gubernatorial Debate would take place inside an Opera House. Will it be a Comedy? a Tragedy? Who knows the outcome of a Five Act Play in the Third Act?
The Moderator – Judi Gatson
Anchor of WIS News 10 at 11 and WIS News 10 at 5. Judi got her start at WIS News 10 in 1996 as a reporter for WIS News Radio 1320 AM. She quickly earned a reputation for hard work. In just a few short months, Judi was recruited to report for WIS Television. Although she was new to the job, her intelligence and natural ease on camera came through right away.
State Rep. Nikki Haley
Born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants, A graduate from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in accounting Since 2008 she has served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Lexington Medical Foundation.
Haley, was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004. In 2008 Representative Haley was sent back to the statehouse with 83 percent of the vote – the highest percentage earned by any lawmaker facing a contested South Carolina election that year.
Named “Friend of the Taxpayer” (2009) by the S.C. Association of Taxpayers and a “Taxpayer Hero” (2005) by Gov. Mark Sanford. She has lifetime “A” ratings from the South Carolina Club for Growth, the Palmetto Family Council, and the National Rifle Association. Nikki has also received the Palmetto Leadership Award from the S.C. Policy Council for her expertise on policy matters and the Strom Thurmond Excellence in Public Service and Government Award from the S.C. Federation of Republican Women for the outstanding constituent service she provides to her district.
U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett
born and raised in Westminster, South Carolina. Gresham earned a Bachelors degree from The Citadel
After graduation, Barrett served four years in the United States Army, Barrett represented the people of South Carolinas 1st District for three terms in the State House of Representatives.
Currently, Gresham is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives where he maintains his commitment to encouraging economic growth through lower taxes, ensuring our nations security through a strong military, securing our border, defending the rights of the unborn, and protecting individual freedoms.
For the 111th Congress, Gresham Barrett serves on the Financial Services Committee, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Ethics Committee.
State Sen. Larry Grooms
Native of Berkeley County, living in Bonneau.
Graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Business
Small businessman and entrepreneur who started a chain of convenience stores and restaurants, he is now president of GTI, Inc.
Married to Carol (Anderson) of Walhalla, they have three boys: Taylor, Hayden, and Jack
Member of the Board of Visitors, Charleston Southern University
Elected to the Senate in his first run for office in 1997
Represents District 37 which includes parts of Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester counties
A conservative leader in the State Senate, he is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee
Attorney General Henry McMaster
Born and raised in South Carolina, Henry McMaster has spent three decades working for the people of South Carolina. Henry McMaster has been recognized for his cooperative leadership, and he is ready to make South Carolina one of the nation’s leaders in job creation and economic development once again.
Beginning as President Ronald Reagan’s first US attorney and now as our state Attorney General, Henry McMaster is the only candidate with extensive executive leadership experience in the race for governor.
During the last seven years as South Carolina’s top prosecutor and legal officer, Henry McMaster investigated and successfully prosecuted the largest white collar criminal case in state history, resulting in convictions for all six financial investment executives responsible for defrauding twelve thousand investors out of $278 million, many their entire life savings.
McMaster also launched successful efforts to protect our children from Internet predators who target children for assault or abduction. Using a new law he pushed through the General Assembly, McMaster launched a statewide Internet Predator Task Force made up of over fifty local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to run undercover stings targeting predators over the Internet. To date, 167 predators have been arrested by the task force with over 100 convictions.
A graduate and member of the law review at the USC School of Law, McMaster is married to the former Peggy Jean McAbee of Spartanburg and they have two children, Henry, Jr. and Mary Rogers.
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.
was inaugurated as South Carolina’s 84th Lieutenant Governor on January 15, 2003 and continues to serve the Palmetto State.
He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996, André was elected to the South Carolina State Senate in a special election. He was re-elected in the 2000 General Election and served in the Senate until January 15, 2003.
As Lieutenant Governor, André is in the unique position of being part of both the Executive and Legislative Branches of state government.
The Lieutenant Governor has also worked rigorously to make South Carolina a greater competitor in the global market, leading economic development delegations abroad in his effort to increase economic growth opportunities for the Palmetto State. Most recently, André was a keynote speaker for the Charleston-Caribbean Leadership Summit hosted in Charleston, S.C. (April 23-25, 2008) by The Free Enterprise Foundation.
His ongoing commitment to the needs of the citizens is apparent in André’s strong support of military families through his endorsement of The Military Relief Fund, which offers financial assistance to the families of Reservists and Guardsmen called to active duty to support U.S. efforts part in the War on Terror.
Serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol. In 2001, Bauer was recognized as Alumnus of the Year for the University of South Carolina College of Applied Professional Science. André is a member of Union Methodist Church.
See our analysis of the debate in our updated edition of this story tonight
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