Friday, May 15, 2009

Barrett,Haley and Grooms

No, VUI is not writing about some law firm. Congressman Gresham Barrett, Rep. Nikki Haley and State Senator Larry Grooms are all announced candidates for Governor that seem to fall within the category of being an heir to Mark Sanford.

Congressman Gresham Barrett has to be wondering what is going on. Barrett hauled in some big money, including money from those tied to the Sanford crowd. Despite his money, Barrett has failed to gain the traction to reflect the money rose. Perhaps that is why the Sanford crowd has Nikki Haley and Larry Grooms in the Governor’s race. Rumors have state senator Tom Davis of Beaufort, a former chief of staff under Sanford, considering the race as well.

There are several possibilities as to why Barrett is no longer the darling of the Sanford movement. First, his flip flop on the government bailout money has not played well to the Republican base. As such, the big money behind the Sanford movement could be placing their bets on another candidate in the race. Second, Barrett’s surprising weakness could have caused the financial backers of the Sanford movement to reach deep into their pockets and finance several candidates, in hopes that at least one makes the GOP primary runoff. Then, there is the possibility that Barrett insisted on being his own man, so to speak. The people who finance the Sanford movement do not tolerate that.

One thing is for sure, the conventional wisdom among some just a few months ago, including the sources of VUI, is shot. The notion that Barrett was the Sanford crowd’s guy, McMaster was the Quinn guy and Bauer was the Shealy guy is now invalid.

If fielding several candidates for Governor is what the Sanford crowd is up to, it is a high stakes gamble. It could either divide those who favor Sanford and result in two candidates in a runoff without Sanford ties or it could deliver two candidates with Sanford ties in the runoff. But, do not for a minute think that Nikki Haley and Larry Grooms got up one morning and said to themselves, “hey, I think I can be Governor,” without knowing they were going to get the money to do it.


  1. Obama ManMay 15, 2009

    Sounds like pale cracker, paler cracker and a cracker indian bitch who needs my lovin'

    Nikki Haley can come get my big vote anytime. I would help her improve tan on black relations. I would give that cow lovin' bitch my big vote anytime she wanted it. I don't like cheeseburgers, either. I am a pork man. So, let the Hindu for Governor cracker bitch come over to my place and we will learn to get along, like brotha Rodney said.

    Damn, that cow lovin' bitch is hot. She would make a brotha a Republican just by showin' up. I would love for my big vote to tap that.

  2. AnonymousMay 15, 2009

    Some in the Haley camp say Barrett lives on the down low. What do you know about that? I mean, afterall, you hillbillies do like that kind of thing, just look at Burgess.

  3. Barrett for GovernorMay 15, 2009

    Gresham Barrett is a good and honorable man. He will be the next Governor of South Carolina. And, Brian McCarty, if you think are nothing now, just wait. You will be beyond nothing. Those of us who know and love Gresham will not forget this post or the comments you allowed to go up.

  4. AnonymousMay 15, 2009

    Brian, don't worry about offending Gresham Barrett. You have as about a good of a chance of being Governor as he does.

    Barrett is dumb and does little. That is why Sanford sought out others to take on his legacy. He knew Barrett is a loser.

    Barrett needs to wise up and run for re-election to Congress.

  5. Light LoafersMay 15, 2009

    Gresham is gay? I never knew, and I would know. I think you are wrong on that one, anon. Trust me, I have a strong gaydar and Gresham is not on my screen. I would trust my gaydar against any rumor.

  6. AnonymousMay 16, 2009

    This is another slander job by Rick Quinn and and his band of political outlaws.

  7. AnonymousMay 16, 2009

    Haley is Sanford and Folks's bitch.

  8. Obama Man's take on things is always interesting.