I was just now looking back at the press release from yesterday announcing Henry McMaster’s entry into the contest for lieutenant governor:
McMaster Files for Lt. Gov. For Immediate Release March 27, 2014Contact: Adam Fogle @ 803-394-3006COLUMBIA, SC — Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster officially filed Thursday as a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor. In an online video announcement McMaster said, “For this job, experience really does matter.”In addition to serving eight years as Attorney General, McMaster gained national attention when President Ronald Reagan chose him as his first U.S. Attorney. In that job, McMaster led a crackdown on corruption and drug trafficking. He later became State Republican Party Chairman and led the SCGOP through a period of historic growth.With a strong record in both the public and private sectors, McMaster said he brings to the race “a unique mix of experience and proven results.” In announcing his decision to offer as a candidate for Lt. Governor, McMaster issued the following statement:“The next four years will be critical to our state’s political, economic and cultural future. I love South Carolina and I want to help create a future of progress and prosperity.“As Lt. Governor, I plan to be a strong voice for conservative reform in State government. I’ll be ready on day one to preside over the work of the State Senate. It takes experience in State government and knowledge of the law to do a good job.“After four years of Barack Obama, I think we’ve learned that on-the-job-training is not always a good idea. For the job of Lt. Governor, qualifications really matter.“I’m also ready to address the growing challenges faced by our state’s seniors and adults with disabilities. At the present rate, South Carolina’s senior population will double by the year 2030.“I’ve discussed this issue in detail with my friend Glenn McConnell, our current Lt. Governor. He is making wonderful progress in developing plans and strategies to deal with the aging crisis. And I am prepared to follow in his footsteps.“Finally, I’m ready to work with Governor Haley and the conservative leaders of the State Legislature to protect taxpayers, grow our economy, create new jobs and build a tomorrow we can all be proud of.“That’s why I’m running as a conservative Republican for Lt. Governor and I ask for your support.”The Republican Primary will be held Tuesday, June 10. Learn more about Henry McMaster atHenryMcMaster.com. View the entire video announcement on YouTube.-30-
Did you catch that non sequitur about the president? “After four years of Barack Obama…” (On his website, by the way, he says somewhat more accurately, “After nearly six years of Barack Obama…)
As criticism of POTUS goes, of course, that’s fairly mild stuff. His inexperience was one of the things that kept me in the John McCain camp in our 2008 endorsement. So, fair observation there.
But hey — what does it have to do with running for lieutenant governor? You’d think he’d compare himself to his opponents for the nomination, not to Republicans’ favorite national whipping boy. (Yeah, I know how this plays in the GOP base. But I have to wonder: Doesn’t anyone in that base ever go, “Hey, wait a minute. What does this have to do with Obama?”)
Here we go again, y’all. I thought Henry was easily the best of the GOP field for governor last time around. But one thing kept me from feeling good about his candidacy: His over-the-top — I mean, “over-the-top” by the standards of reasonable folk; not “over-the-top” by, say, Tea Party standards — attempts to nationalize the campaign. Remember the ad in which he promised to protect us from Obama and his Washington “vultures”?
Speaking of Tea Party standards…
If he were really concerned about on-the-job training, don’t you think the first politician who would come to mind would be someone closer to home — say, our governor, who had three terms as a House backbencher and no known managerial experience before becoming our chief executive?
But Henry would never do that. Henry has been remarkably loyal in his support of the governor ever since she beat him for the nomination in 2010. The State today talked about how Henry is one of three candidates for Gov Lite who have “ties” to the governor. But Henry is the one she owes, the one who has swallowed every ounce of pride to be her cheerleader, and give her countenance among business types and party regulars.