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Spartanburg’s house divided
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One of the major battlegrounds in the 2008 Republican primary races was Spartanburg County, and now it looks like the enmity among different groups in the Upstate is carrying on into this years legislative session.

According to a story in Sunday’s Herald-Journal, the Spartanburg delegation is sparring over appointments that were made in August of last year. For people not used to the arcane rules of state government, local delegations have power to appoint some local officials.

However, part of the problem is that Gov. Mark Sanford will not approve the appointments because seven of the 13 members are freshmen (not exactly an efficient way to run the government, Guv — rules are rules).

So, now, there are apparently two chairmen of the delegation, though only one is legit, according to state law. Rep. Lanny Littlejohn, by the rule that a simple majority of seven is required for an election, is the chairman. However, Sen. Lee Bright, Sen. Glenn Reese, Sen. Shane Martin and Rep. Joey Millwood seem to have done their own thing and given Millwood (God help us) the chairmanship.

For a total account of the bizarre, you have to see the story:

Many of the nine remaining delegation members, however, said they had not been contacted about the appointments and said they were unaware of the changes. Sanford again refused to sign off, saying he wanted all members to be aware of the changes.

“From a legal standpoint, the bare minimum was met to make the new list legal,” Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said. “But we were concerned that all members had not seen the list.”

Martin said the others had been consulted.

“The problem is they have trouble following the law,” Martin said. “Now it seems they have trouble with the truth. We (Bright, Martin and Reese) have businesses to run, and Representative Millwood has a job. We don’t have time to fool with these good ol’ boys. We’re going to move forward and do what is best for Spartanburg. It’s not right to leave these fire department and other board members wondering whether they’ve been appointed.”

Rep. Steve Parker, also a business owner, said he was not informed of the changes. Rep. Keith Kelly, an attorney, and Rep. Rita Allison, a former Sanford employee, also said they were in the dark.

“I guess I’m a good ol’ girl,” Allison said. “They do have the weighted majority, and that’s not a problem with me. But nobody ran anything past me or asked me to sign off on anything.”

The four also did not contact the seven August appointees they removed. Bright said he thought the Governor’s Office would notify them. [Ed. note: Yeah, this guy is a smarty.] Sawyer said the Governor’s Office would only contact those appointed, and only after the governor signs off on the appointments.

Cheryl Jeter Jones, who was appointed to the Department of Social Services Board in August, learned from the Herald-Journal that the four had replaced her with Jimmy Tobias, Martin’s Democratic opponent in the November election.

Jeter Jones, a longtime community activist, said she was operating under the assumption that the application deadline was Jan. 26, as she was told in the letter from Littlejohn, and that the appointments would be made Feb. 2.

When asked why the four had decided to replace Jeter Jones with Tobias, Bright said: “It’s good to have a set of fresh eyes to look at things sometimes.” He was unaware that Jeter Jones also was a first-time appointment.

Oh, man — it’s like Bright is Charlie in the Flowers for Algernon’s denouement. If Sawyer is to be believed, though, it is good to see that the governor isn’t totally brain-dead about this issue.

One thing is for sure — Rep. Keith Kelly isn’t going to let four members usurp power from the other nine.

Millwood, who was elected chairman of the four at a meeting they held on Nov. 24 – a meeting that might have violated a state law that defines a quorum as a simple majority of the body, which would be seven members – on Friday sent a letter to all delegation members saying he has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday in County Council chambers to address the appointments.

Kelly said that’s not going to happen.

“There’s no such thing as a chairman Millwood,” Kelly said. “So he has no authority to call a meeting.”

Game on.

Appointments divide delegation [Herald-Journal]


Millwood whaa?!?
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Speaking of FITS, Will Folks is all sorts of throwing out knowledge about the reorganization going on with House Republicans. One thing, though, seriously has to be bullshit.

He says that Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell is going to, among other people, try to create an alliance with newly-elected lobotomy patient Joey Millwood.

Millwood? Really? This is a guy who willingly became a stooge for Howard Rich and friends. He’s a sports editor for a small-town newspaper.

For those who don’t know, small-town sports editors fall into two categories:

1) Young writers who are so desperate that they don’t give a damn
2) Older writers that a) can’t do any better and/or b) beat the odds and married someone who didn’t have a child at 17.

The only reason that Millwood won is that Rep. Bob Walker made the mistake of going with Starboard Communications as his consulting firm. One of Starboard’s associates was former S.C. Club for Growth executive director Josh Gross. Gross also did all of the mail pieces for the Sandlapper Group, done out of Starboard and billed to Sandlapper. And Millwood was…a Sandlapper client! What a shock.

It’s amazing that Walker hasn’t sued to get his money back. And, what’s worse, we’re stuck with Millwood until the voters in the Upstate get a chance to rectify things.

Surely, there’s no way that Harrell would go to him for anything but odds for Friday night football.


Now it’s on
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S.C. House District 38 Republican nominee (and wholly-owned subsidiary of Howard Rich) Joey Millwood and former Landrum mayor Doug Brannon are now ready to rumble, according to reports from The Herald-Journal.

It appears that Brannon got 68 more signatures than needed to get on the ballot, and turned them in 10 minutes before the deadline. That means that he’ll be able to pull out all the stops to make sure that a real conservative (not a Howard Rich flunky) will represent the district in the next House session.

It also means that the chance of the Sandlapper Group to go 0-for-’08 in contested races is still there. The consulting firm, started in November of 2007, might as well be called “SCRG Political Consulting LLC,” as much as it directly pimped SCRG and S.C. Club for Growth candidates that hadn’t already been taken by Starboard Communications or the Quinn firm.

Millwood got lucky the first time because of conflicting loyalties at Starboard for the race between himself and Rep. Bob Walker. The same won’t be true in November, and it’s highly doubtful Millwood will be taking the oath of office in Columbia this cycle.

Brannon’s signature drive appears successful [The Herald-Journal]


Howard Rich’s Joey Millwood threatened by Doug Brannon (updated)
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Believe it or not, “journalist” Joey Millwood, the Republican nominee in S.C. House District 38, may well get his comeuppance against possible petition candidate Doug Brannon.

Brannon, a Republican, is the former mayor of Landrum and decided to mount an independent campaign after Millwood beat Rep. Bob Walker in the primary by 16 votes.

Of course, one wonders what would have happened if Walker had hired a firm beside Starboard Communications to run his race. Starboard already was working for several South Carolinians for Responsible Government and Howard Rich-backed candidates, so couldn’t use that connection to sink Millwood. The North Carolina sportswriter was the only one of the Sandlapper Group’s clients to win in the primary season. Sandlapper is run by SCRG board member Chad Connelly and Conservatives in Action spokesman Taft Matney.

Of course, Starboard employee and former S.C. Club for Growth executive director Josh Gross was doing Millwood’s mail (among others), so it would have behooved Walker to hire another firm.

Enter Brannon, who has been canvassing the district in the past few days to stop another subsidiary of Rich, Inc. from entering the State House.

Funding the public education system and fighting for additional property tax relief – relief that would be offset by a higher sales tax – would be two of Brannon’s top priorities in Columbia.

“The residents of House District 38 need a strong, vocal representative that isn’t pulled by out-of-state money or some other power,” Brannon said.

Of course, Millwood tried to spin how he’s a bought commodity, but it rings untrue:

“I’m not a good-ole-boy. I’m not a walking special interest. People see that. They see the freshness of what I represent,” Millwood said. “If someone is a true conservative, then cut that check – I’ll take it. That money I got from New York, they have no interest in South Carolina.

Tell us some more bullshit, Joey – we haven’t heard enough yet. According to his reports, Millwood raised 75 percent of his cash through late May from Rich and his people. Today, though, is the last day of the five-day grace period for the July 10 report, which should show the extent that he’s in Rich’s pocket. And, if he doesn’t send in his report today he’ll be (gasp!) in violation of the law. (See update below.)

If there’s one thing that’s going Brannon’s way, it’s that he’s pissed off Spartanburg County’s resident crazy Rick Beltram.

Spartanburg County GOP Chairman Rick Beltram last week dismissed petition candidates trying to claim the mantle of a second Republican on November’s ballot. On Sunday, Beltram said, petition candidates set a bad precedent for people who have a problem with the nominating process.

“They need to understand that just because someone runs as an independent/petition candidate doesn’t mean they’re entitled to anything from the Republican Party,” Beltram said. “In fact, it becomes something of an affront to our nominee.”

Beltram said he’s tried to recruit Brannon to run for a seat on Spartanburg County Council in the past, and that Brannon – by attempting to run as a petition candidate – could end up damaging his chances to get into the political game “the regular way” in the future.

Oh, that’s a shame, Ricky. Perhaps the best analysis of Beltram and his ways was penned by Rep. Doug Smith.

Most know Beltram as a self-absorbed media hound who has never met a news release he wouldn’t release. It is a pity hardworking Republicans have had to work in the shadow of someone who either doesn’t understand the damage he does to our party, or doesn’t care, or both.

A portrait of Ronald Reagan hangs in the S.C. House Chamber because of a resolution that I prepared and sponsored. I am normally a believer in Reagan’s commandment not to speak ill of a fellow Republican, but when it comes to an extreme case like our local Republican chairman, someone finally has to speak the truth.

What’s good is that the race to win District 38 ain’t over yet, and there’s someone that’s worth a damn working hard to win it.

UPDATE: Millwood’s July 10 report is in as of around noon today, July 15. No surprises here:

05/12/2008, 123 LaSalle Associates, 73 Spring St, NYC $1,000
05/14/2008, Bradford Management, 73 Spring St, NYC $1,000
05/16/2008, Alan Pomerantz, 767 5th Ave, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Paul Jost, 2640 Jockeys Neck Trail, Williamsburg, VA $1,000
05/24/2008, The Stonecreek Group, 2443 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA $1,000
05/24/2008, Paul Farago, PO Box 8907, Asheville, NC $1,000
05/24/2008, Joseph Stillwell, 26 Broadway, 23rd Floor, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Yvonne Rich, 2111 West Rd 1, Mtn Home, AR $1,000
05/24/2008, 4220 Broadway LLC , 73 Spring St, Rm 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, 188 Claremont LLC, 73 Spring St Room 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, 405 49 Associates, 73 Spring St Room 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, 332 E 11 LLC, 73 Spring St, Room 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, 4220 Broadway Inc, 73 Spring St Room 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, 470 W 166 LLC, 73 Spring St Room 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Bayrich LLC, 73 Spring St, Ste 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, 123 LaSalle Inc, 73 Spring St Rm 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, 51 First Ave LLC, 73 Spring St, Rm 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Dayrich LLC, 73 Spring St Room 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Newrich LLC, 73 Spring St Rm 507, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Rich and Rich Associates, 73 Spring St Ste 507, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Rich Acquisitions LLC, 73 Spring St Ste 507, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Spooner LLC, 73 Spring St Room 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Silver and Silver, 73 Spring St Rm 408, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Secure Data LLC, 73 Spring St Ste 507, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Spring Incorporated, 73 Spring St Suite 507, NYC $1,000
05/24/2008, Rich and Rich LLC, 73 Spring St Suite 507, NYC $1,000
05/30/2008, Streetrich LLC, 73 Spring St, Ste 408, NYC $1,000
05/30/2008, Stilrich LLC, 73 Spring St, NYC $1,000
05/30/2008, West 14 & 18 LLC, 73 Spring St RM 408, NYC $1,000
05/30/2008, SpringRich, 73 Spring St Rm 507, NYC $1,000
05/30/2008, John Kirtley, 339 S Plant Ave, Tampa, FL $1,000
05/30/2008, Douglas Levine, 2760 N. Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL $1,000

That’s $35,000 from corporations and people directly affiliated with Rich, when you include the three large from the pre-election report. Rich gave Millwood over half his total support.

Or so it would seem. Hey, kids, we forgot to add in the S.C. Club for Growth/Reform SC/Sanford Lowcountry Crony Association numbers:

06/08/2008, Chad Walldorf, 3112 Marshall Blvd, Sullivan’s Island $1,000
06/09/2008, Eighty-Six LLC, 710 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt Pleasant $1,000
06/09/2008, Ben Navarro, PO Box 19019, Atlanta $1,000
06/09/2008, Kelly Navarro, PO Box 19019, Atlanta $1,000
06/09/2008, Bill Hewitt, 34 Prioleau Street, Charleston $1,000
06/09/2008, Laura Hewitt, 34 Prioleau Street, Charleston $1,000
06/09/2008, Mary Barter, 40 Shoolbred Ct, Johns Island $1,000
06/09/2008, SC CFG PAC, PO Box 11909, Columbia $1,000
06/09/2008, Bill Lowndes, PO Box 5042, Spartanburg $1,000
06/09/2008, Henrietta Lowndes, PO Box 5042, Spartanburg $1,000
06/13/2008, William Baker, 188 Ballybunion Dr, Kiawah Island $1,000
06/13/2008, Margaret Averyt, PO Box 1365, Ste SC 443, Columbia $1,000
06/13/2008, Emily Swanson, 615 Pitt St, Mt Pleasant $1,000
06/13/2008, Ruth Baker, 188 Ballybunion Dr, Kiawah Island $1,000
06/13/2008, Gayle Averyt, PO Box 1365 Ste SC 443, Columbia $1,000
06/18/2008, Steve Swanson, 615 Pitt St, Mt Pleasant $1,000

That’s about, oh, $16,000. So, between the people S.C. Club for Growth could get to pony up the cash (Rich is head of Club for Growth State Action, by the by) and the money flowing from Rich’s coffers, that’s $51,000. And what was the total Millwood raised in the campaign? $55,927.18.

Don’t bother getting a calculator, because I’ve done it for you – Rich and his handful of South Carolina allies funded 91 percent of Millwood’s operation. And, yet he says he’s “not a walking special interest?” He owes his entire political life on Rich and his people, and don’t think they’ll forget it.

Brannon pushing petition deadline to join House District 38 race [The Herald-Journal]
Focus should be on local Republican Party, not its self-absorbed chairman [The Herald-Journal]

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