Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bauer the better choice between two unlucky men

The race of Lt. Governor of South Carolina is quickly becoming a race between two unlucky men. Incumbent Lt. Governor Andre Bauer suffered injuries in a plane crash back in May. Bauer's opponent, Democrat Robert Barber recently lost his family owned Bowens Island Restaurant to a fire. The bad luck of both candidates has created news stories that overshadow the issues of the race.

There is nothing new about such sideline stories having prominence in a Lt. Governor's race. In 1994 and 1998 I learned first hand how something like a large plastic cow can get better press than a candidate's position papers. In 1986 and 1990, successful candidate Nick Theodore was better known for his "Hey buddy," greeting and personal charm than about any issues he stood for. In 1978, Nancy Stevenson enjoyed favorable press being the first woman to be a major party nominee for the job.

This year ought to be different. In years past, Lt. Governors have ran for an office that was long ceremony and short of substance. However, that changed when the Department on Aging was put directly under the Lt. Governor. The bad luck stories of the two candidates should not get in the way of examining the record of the incumbent on actually doing the job.

Lt. Governor Bauer is rightly criticized for his dangerous driving, but, as the first Lt. Governor to essentially head a state agency and do the ceremonial duties as Lt. Governor, Bauer has done an outstanding job. The critics of Lt. Governor Bauer dwell on the personal. They call him "immature." They call him "irresponsible." However, they offer little criticism about the actual job he has done. That is telling.

Barber's campaign has aired some rather strong negative ads about the Lt. Governor, citing his speeding behind the wheel and his conversation with highway patrolmen at the scene. I believe the Lt. Governor should take more responsibility for the very high speeds he drove at along I-77. However, Barber's ad shows the conversation between Bauer and a trooper along I-26. In that incident, Bauer was going supposedly 77 in a 65, and got a warning. Barber wants us to believe we would not get such. He is wrong. Everyday people get warnings for such instead of tickets. Such is the shell game of political ads, take the good footage from an incident and talk about one in which you don't have good footage. Regardless, the attack ad is about something personal.

Now, if Barber had ads that said something like, "The Department on Aging is in shambles," or "The Lt. Governor fails to even show up to preside over the senate," Barber's attack ads would have more weight in my eyes. The reason Barber does not run those kind of ads is because he can not truthfully, even when playing by the fast and loose rules of politics.

Like Lt. Governor Bauer or not personally, he has performed the duties of his office well. All Barber has to offer is a record of lobbying and some really good personal attack ads against the Lt. Governor. That makes Lt. Governor Bauer the better choice between two unlucky men. Regardless of who wins, I hope both men have better luck from here on out.

19 comments:

  1. Funny how you did not mention the sweetheart real estate deal the boy Lt. Governor got.

    Bauer is a crook and a playboy.

    Barber is a mature man who will bring some credibility back to the office of Lt. Governor.

    Barber won't have guns drawn on him downtown or put his fist through a wall or screw around with playboy bunnies.

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  2. James Island NativeOctober 26, 2006

    Anon, your candidate is the biggest hypocrite in the state. At least Andre is who he is, and you don't have to wonder about it.

    Wanna talk about your guy's drinking?

    Or maybe his arrest for driving 75 on Folly Road on James Island, with a license suspended for not paying a ticket ... while he was a legislator?

    Making money off the state? What do you call being a lobbyist? Getting paid to use his connections to get government money for his client, and of course, a piece of the action for himself.

    Barber is no better, and probably worse. He's a two-faced liar who has always played a Jekyl and Hyde campaign game of "I'm such a saint" and "he's the Antichrist".

    Some of us know him all too well, and just wait and see how the rest of the state will soon find out what he's all about?

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  3. Nobody ever mentions why Andre got that piece of land in the first place. He knew that the area was growing and the land would be very valuable. The land was worth much more than he was eventually given for it. Good for an attack ad because nobody can comprehend this.

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  4. Bauer blocked 1.5 billion in higher taxes. Bauer endorsement of the NRA and the South Carolina Citizens for Life.
    Bauer has "Senior citizens endorse Bauer"“Andre Bauer has been a leader on senior citizens issues,” said Billy Stanick, a member of Senior Citizens for Bauer. Bauer has open door policy to effectuate a more accessible, hands-on government that is appreciated by ALL citizens of the state.

    Barber has ?????? let me think some more????????? "Oh I know $$$$$ from lobby groups.

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  5. Bauer blocked 1.5 billion in higher taxes. Bauer endorsement of the NRA and the South Carolina Citizens for Life.
    Bauer has "Senior citizens endorse Bauer"“Andre Bauer has been a leader on senior citizens issues,” said Billy Stanick, a member of Senior Citizens for Bauer. Bauer has open door policy to effectuate a more accessible, hands-on government that is appreciated by ALL citizens of the state.

    Barber has ?????? let me think some more????????? "Oh I know $$$$$ from lobby groups.

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  6. Lieutenant Governor ANDRE BAUER has 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.
    Bauer WORKS FOR OUR CHILDRENS FUTURE

    Sincerely
    Lou
    Newberry

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  7. Lieutenant Governor ANDRE BAUER 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.

    WE NEED FOUR MORE YEARS OF BAUER.

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  8. Lieutenant Governor BAUER has 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.

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  9. Bauer is a joke. When he is not chasing tail, he is chasing the dollar.

    SC deserves better, even if better is a drunk lobbyist.

    It can't be worse than what we already have.

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  10. Drunk lobbyist perhaps, though I haven't seen much of Andre leaving knives in the backs of friends and foes alike.

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  11. Robert Barber lobbied for cock fighting, and was investigated by the FBI. Cock fighting is a dangerous mix of drugs, gambling and underworld…and Robert Barber calls them a “non-profit”…

    Just in case u missed the debate, here is the link…

    http://www.wistv.com/Global/category.asp?C=27768

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  12. Uh this is actually getting a little boring.You are a Republican and you are voting for all the Republicans.Ok we get it but spare the so called "analysis."

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  13. Facts are Stubborn ThingsOctober 27, 2006

    The cockfighting ad is typical Rod Shealy sleaze. When pressed by AP and The State, Rod had to admit that the ad is at best misleading. Rod admitted that Barber did nothing illegal and wasn't involved in anyway with the extortion conviction of Andre's travel companion Charlie Sharpe.

    The facts are plain. In 1999, Barber fully disclosed that he lobbied for the gamefowl breeders on a single bill and was paid $12,500. The bill had nothing whatsoever to do with cockfighting. How do we know Barber is telling the truth? Simple - there was no bill in the General Assembly remotely dealing with cockfighting. The amendment Barber worked on exempted livestock from a ban on giving away animals as prizes. The amendment passed unanimously with the full support of Rep. Andre Bauer.

    Facts are Stubborn Things. But, facts mean nothing to Rod Shealy. That's why he had to serve a probationary sentence for election crimes. Think he'll get a probationary sentence for a second offense? I bet not. I am not sure Soap on a Rope will help ol' convict Rod when he gets a second conviction.

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  14. Interesting comments on the Bauer post from all. Thanks to you all for reading and commenting.

    As for Bauer and playboy bunnies, well, good for him. Isn't it interesting how the people who told us to judge President Clinton on his job performance are now asking us to judge Andre Bauer not on his job performance but on his personal life and the like?

    As for being bored, well, I have not supported all Republican candidates so far. I support the Libertarian, Tim Moultrie for Super. of Education. And, I oppose the Republican idea of having state retirement invested in foreign businesses. Also, on the Governor's race, well, I have not decided. I can not stand Mark Sanford's approach, but I like some of his ideas. I don't care for Tommy Moore's ideas, but I like his approach to working with others. I will probably write myself in.

    But, if you are really bored, check out the Earl Capps blog at www.earlcapps.blogspo.com. That guy keeps it interesting, no matter what.

    As for Andre, well, his job performance is strong. He has done nothing on the job to warrant not being re-hired for another stint.

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  15. Your comments defending Barbers' cock fightin connections are incomplete, and designed to obfuscate.

    Barber only needs to come clean. If he tells the truth this passes...if he continues to hide hi lobbying ties to cock fighting, this will dog him for a long time to come.

    Barber is a lobbyist. He is paid to use his influence for special interest, against the interest of the average citizens. He needs to tell the truth.

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  16. This is a great story.

    Minister turn cock fighter fights a lover not a fighter...

    hehehe

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  17. still waiting to see if Barber can add arson to his rap sheet

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  18. Bauer is a joke. He deserves no one's vote.

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  19. AnonymousJune 24, 2009

    Andre is a politician's politician. He was born to be in a public office. I went with him to Australia a few years back before he was LG. He was a great guy and the life of the party. I'd say he's the life of the Republican Party and the party should recognize him as a future leader of the GOP.

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