Given the number of freshman legislators on the delegation, some turnover should have been expected, but it was surprising that freshman House member Joey Millwood became chair of the county's legislative delegation. To reach this office, Millwood worked with the county's Democratic Senator, Glenn Reese, a regular GOP target, to orchestrate the takeover of the delgation by four of it's eleven members.
The point of contention is the use of weighted voting to elect delegation officers. Since weighted voting is required to be used for some matters, it would make sense to use the same method of voting in all matters. But as is the norm in Spartanburg County politics, change is never without lots of fighting and controversy:
The rift has gotten increasingly personal and more complex. Much of the current tension has centered around appointments to area boards and commissions. Sanford’s office asked the current legislators to revisit appointments made in August by the previous incarnation of the legislative delegation.
Littlejohn and his allies plan to address those appointments tonight. Millwood’s group — the smaller of the two, but legislatively more powerful based on “weighted” votes that take into account the number of people each official represents — has already sent a list of 16 appointees to Columbia.
Friday, Sanford seated eight of those and spokesman Joel Sawyer said the other eight are pending.
- Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Millwood, a political novice, may have been right, but we think a power play where one-third of the members use the rules to run over the other two-thirds is going to leave a sour taste in some people's mouths. We're sure those who got railroaded are - in the best Spartanburg political tradition - already plotting payback.
Payback, while it is often petty, is a bitch. Mr. Millwood will probably find it delivered when he leasts expects it. Until that time comes, we hope Representative Millwood enjoys his chairmanship and his newly-minted RINO status. He's worked hard to earn them both.