"While it is essential that women in the legislature support each other, it is more important in my opinion to support colleagues whose political ideologies are aligned with yours and the people you represent," said Beverly Dore, chairwoman of the Beaufort County Democratic Party. "When it comes down to supporting someone you should look at what they believe, not gender."
Dore's Republican counterpart, Doug Robertson, said he was "very surprised" to see the Democratic support for Ceips and was unwilling to comment further.
Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, said she was approached by Ceips and decided not to support the fundraiser.
"Rep. Ceips does not support or has not supported most of the issues that are important to me," she said, "and I didn't believe in perpetuating hypocrisy by allowing my name to be used."
Once I tipped him off, Ian Leslie did a good job running with the invitation and seeing where it led, even though it would've been nice to have gotten credit for providing the lead. Ian's a good guy who I've had a good working relationship with in my day job, so I'm sure it's nothing personal, as opposed to other media outlets who scoop bloggers and then knife 'em in the back (I'm sure we all can think of some of those ...).
In any event, I'm sure the Ceips campaign is having a little heartburn right about now.
Update: Looks like The State ran with the story as well.