This just in from the state Chamber of Commerce:
SOUTH CAROLINA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES HOUSE CANDIDATES AHEAD OF PRIMARIES
Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest broad-based business organization, is pleased to announce the endorsements of the following House of Representative candidates who have primary challengers.
District 2 – Bill Sandifer, (Oconee)
District 10 – Dan Cooper, (Anderson)
District 17 – Harry Cato, (Greenville)
District 26 – Henry Wilson, (Pickens)
District 35 – Keith Kelly, (Spartanburg)
District 36 – Rita Allison, (Spartanburg)
District 38 – Joey Millwood, (Spartanburg)
District 39 – Marion Frye, (Saluda)
District 41 – Boyd Brown, (Fairfield)
District 55 – Jackie Hayes, (Dillon)
District 61 – Lester Branham, (Florence)
District 62 – Robert Williams, (Darlington)
District 75 – Jim Harrison, (Richland)
District 80 – Jimmy Bales, (Richland)
District 83 – Bill Hixon, (Aiken)
District 84 – Roland Smith, (Aiken)
District 86 – Jim Stewart, (Aiken)
District 87 – Todd Atwater, (Lexington)
District 98 – Chris Murphy, (Dorchester)
District 106 – Nelson Hardwick, (Horry)
District 112 – Mike Sottile, (Charleston)
District 123 – Richard Chalk, (Beaufort)
“South Carolinians who want good jobs and a strong economy should proactively support pro-business candidates,” said Otis Rawl, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. “Candidates endorsed by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce have demonstrated their support for priorities that support a strong economy and a competitive Palmetto State. These House candidates are committed to representing the people in their respective districts who each need good jobs, a competitive state economy and a pro-prosperity working environment to ultimately raise their individual incomes.”
The Chamber will issue further House endorsements after the primaries on June 8. In the race for governor, the Chamber has endorsed Gresham Barrett (R) and Vincent Sheheen (D). Visit www.scchamber.net for more information.
What do all of these candidates have in common? They’re all incumbents, or running in races without an incumbent. In District 26, incumbent Rex Rice is running for Congress; in District 87, Nikki Haley is running for governor; and in District 98, Annette Young is not seeking re-election.
It’s a shame the Chamber didn’t dig a little harder to make some real discernments (or at least give us some reasoning for its choices in the cases where there was no incumbent), because endorsements such as this WOULD mean more than usual this year, if they’d only put some thought into it. That’s because we won’t be getting an such fodder for thought from The State. This year, my former paper is only endorsing for governor, attorney general and 5th circuit solicitor, near as I can tell. And that leaves a big vacuum. I wish I could fill it, but I’m only one guy. And despite what that Lois Lane keeps saying, I am NOT Superman.