The battle begins anew

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In the leadership reorganization in the state House Republican Caucus, the fight inside the party about who will be in control and what path the party will take has entered another chapter.

As has been posted on FITSNews, it was no surprise that Rep. Nikki Haley wanted to be chair of the LCI Committee, and a few weeks ago, Rep. Wallace Scarborough was one of her main opponents. With Scarborough being upset on Election Day, Haley was in position to take over.

If she took over, it would be a big win for the SCRG/S.C. Club for Growth/S.C. Policy Council faction in the party. If Haley was in any tighter with that crew, she would have to wear sponsorship patches on her clothes like a NASCAR driver.

But, something funny happened on the way to the State House.

Under a plan bringing more power to the Speaker, Bobby Harrell picked Rep. Bill Sandifer to lead the committee. What’s really got to give Howard Rich’s foot soldiers the red-ass is that Sandifer was one of the targeted people on the Club’s “hit list,” then blew out Sandlapper Group client Ed Rumsey, 72-28.

This should make for a fun session. It’s also a loss for Gov. Mark Sanford, who becomes a lamer lame duck as the clock ticks toward 2010.


3 Responses to “The battle begins anew”

  1. 1 GnuBerry
    November 6, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    There’s no way they’ll let a grown woman who still works for her parents chair LCI.

  2. 2 YourFriend
    November 7, 2008 at 12:10 am

    What’s ironic is that after accusing the governor and his allies of having no solutions- basically “crying all the time,” the RINOs and big-spending Dems have none themselves. All they’re left with is cutting down a smart, articulate newcomer and handing the reins back to the same people who couldn’t control spending, improve education or attract businesses in the first place.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. That’s beyond true in South Carolina.

  3. 3 Rooms2Go
    November 7, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Do you think it could be Haley’s position on “school choice”? It seems that when the Sanford guys came to Columbia they said they wanted to put the “Good ‘ole Boy” network out to pasture. But doesn’t it seem like they’re just replacing that network with a new one? Call it “the Voucher Network” the “Young Guns” or the “Common Sense Caucus” — either way it all comes back to (or revolves around) the school choice issue no matter which way you cut it. I mean, when The State newspaper calls Haley “wrongheaded some big issues” what do you think they’re talking about? Then they say “she’s willing to learn.” Well, I guess we can see where being apart of the Voucher Network got her…not on the committee she wanted.

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