As many of ya'll know, there's an election on Tuesday: The GOP run-offs for Lt. Governor and State Treasurer. The other four races were ended in the run-off, including the highly-contested race for Superintendent of Education. I already voted via absentee ballot, so again, I don't mind sharing my choices with those of ya'll who might care (maybe 5 or 6 people ...?).
Why would I support Andre Bauer? I support Andre based upon his OFFICIAL record, which is a sharp contrast from his challenger - full-time constituent service, blocking 1.5 billion in tax increases, and leadership on senior citizens' issues. Having the support of the NRA also says a lot about his willingness to support our constitutional liberties. His challenger, by contrast, has no significant record.
Andre's opponent is the son of one of the state's greatest leaders, but in spite of the opportunities this relationship gave him, had not pursued any of them prior to this race. Should he lose this race, hopefully he will find a more suitable entry-level position in which he can better facilitate his ambitions (just like his father did in the 60s and 70s).
The endorsement of Andre by Dr. Henry Jordan, who finished third-place in the primary, may factor significantly into what is expected to be a very close race.
Why would I support Jeff Willis? In my humble opinion, the GOP race for Treasurer should have ended on Thursday, June 15, after 2nd-placer Greg Ryberg quit the race, and 3rd-placer Rick Quinn quit as well. However, Jeff Willis, the 4th placer, decided to stick it out.
Jeff Willis was the first to commit to the race for Treasurer, before anyone else was taking it seriously. A nice guy who worked hard, he soon fell behind as the well-funded races of Ravenel and Ryberg eclipsed him. However, Jeff didn't let that get him down - he remained commited to the race.
There is very little difference between the remaining two candidates seeking the GOP nomination, so either candidate would make a good Treasurer. While I fully expect Thomas Ravenel to win the run-off in a landslide which will be a boost to his campaign, my vote goes to Jeff Willis, the determined underdog in the race.