Jeff Sewell - not part of the Floyd campaign?

Since it's inception, the Karen Floyd candidacy for SC GOP Chair seems to have been chased by someone claiming to be part of it's campaign - the current owner of SCHotlie, Jeff Sewell.

The folks over at FITSNews, where Sewell won their readers' choice contest for "Slow Zebra", called Sewell out for claiming that he was managing Floyd's campaign:

Jeffrey Sewell - editor of the website SC Hotline - has informed dozens of GOP activists that he is “managing” Floyd’s bid, which has received extensive promotional consideration from his website.

According to our sources, Sewell is telling Republican activists that his efforts will be “supported” by Washington-based pollster Jon Lerner and Atlanta-based consultant Robert Cahaly, and that Floyd will mount an “aggressive” bid that may include negative ads against her principal opponent, Columbia Attorney Kevin Hall.

Sewell made the same claim to yours truly a few weeks ago in a phone conversation, while he was trying to cajole and hustle me into dumping the event agenda for a GOP breakfast club that I had spent weeks organizing, wanting me to pull the plug on a half dozen other speakers who had committed a long time in advance. He started out with "come on, you've gotta work with me" ... and leading up to a thinly veiled threat of "you know she's going to win, and you want to be on the winning team ... ".

Those who know me know threats don't work on me. But judging from a number of comments he posted on the FITSNews site, he loves to make them.

It is hard to believe it was coincidence that the Blogland yanked from the listing of SCHotlie about 12 hours later. I started getting calls about it in a matter of hours (I'm so grateful for my loyal readers!). While it's his site and his right to do so, it seems a pretty short-sighted thing to do when they want to curry favor.

A few days later, he sent an email asking to "bury the hatchet". I wasn't interested in the offer.

In a phone conference a couple of days later between Karen Floyd, Robert Cahaly, and myself, several points were made clear:

1) Jeff Sewell was not running her campaign, nor was he part of the campaign organization,
2) They did not sanction him attemping to strong-arm my group's event, and
3) They felt badly that he had gone rogue on her behalf.

Since they went out of their way to address the matter, it seemed only fair to accept their apologies as legitimate and take them at their word.

It would seem as if the numerous displays of biased commentary in headlines praising Floyd and bashing Hall on SCHotlie are Sewell's attempt to stake a claim with the Floyd camp, however uninvited and unwelcome such efforts may be. It certainly raises concerns about what Sewell's next moves to influence this race entail.

We can understand one wanting to be part of something, but sometimes one can't have it all, and it may even be better to stay neutral, as the Blogland has done thus far in this race. But apparently Sewell sees it differently. It's unfortunate that he has chosen to use his abilities - and SCHotline - to run sloppy attack tactics which only help muddy the waters and further divide a party which will face one of its toughest electoral challenges in the 2010 election cycle.

7 Response to "Jeff Sewell - not part of the Floyd campaign?"

  1. west_rhino 9/3/09 08:41
    So has Jeffey Boi filed with the Ethics Commission? While, to the uniniated, his site looks to be a Drudge Report, it leads more opinion and blogs than established news.

    As to confining his site to conservative blogs that "are more in keeping with his sponsorship", noted elsewhere in comments on your blog Earl, I see at least one very left wing blog still on Jeff's links...
  2. Daniel J. Cassidy 9/3/09 10:26
    May I remind you of a comment you left on my blog on February 4, 2009:

    "One of the reasons a lot of people hold politics in contempt is the tendency to trivialize legitimate disagreements by making things personal."

    What purpose does this post serve, other than your own inflated ego?
  3. Earl Capps 9/3/09 10:37
    Daniel - you have your own opinion about what I wrote and why. I see no need to waste the time and words to challenge your point of view.

    If you think that's what I'm about, then please skip my blog and stick in the Uplands.
  4. Earl Capps 9/3/09 13:13
    PLEASE NOTE - two comments making purely personal speculation about Mr. Sewell were rejected. Any others of like kind will also be rejected.

    This is not a forum for personal insults.

    Play nice or I won't let you play at all.
  5. Anonymous 9/3/09 22:49
    It would appear that the SCGOP race is ignoring the lack of qualifications by Floyd.
    All that is heard is that since she lost in 2006, she is owed this time.
    What a silly reason for picking the leader of the GOP.
  6. west_rhino 10/3/09 09:37
    frickin enough of the so and so is "owed this time" for the nomination, be it Karen Floyd, Rick Beltram or Kevin Hall. By the same right, Tommy Windsor and Cyndi Mosteller ought to trump anyone else in the field.

    We've enough howling over the "because it's their turn" in annointing of Lindsey Graham to the Senate, including a few that, albeit ex post facto, would have voted against him in '08 AND the hiearchy from Katon on down that were doing their level best to annoint John McCain, maybe as penitance for trashing him in 2000.

    Karen Floyd or whoever is elected to chair the state GOP, ought to win because they are the best for the job. This isn't a Miracle League game that's built to enrich kids' self esteem and give everyone a warm fuzzy feeling.
  7. mg 10/3/09 18:09
    You got to love the West_Rhino

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