Blogland to celebrate "First Annual Everybody Draw Mohammad Day"

A Seattle cartoonist has touched off a big netroots wave by declaring May 20th to be the "First Annual Everybody Draw Mohammad Day".

The Blogland will celebrate this occasion by sharing drawings submitted by our readers - or their kids - or by their pets. So get to drawing!

Or you can stick your heads in the sand and be a coward, like these folks.

SC DSS: NOT protecting our state's children - Is anyone surprised?

The recent shot taken at the DSS by the S.C. Policy Council wasn't the first critical look taken at the agency, nor will it likely be the last:

The S.C. Department of Social Services failed to meet all seven federal benchmarks measuring the agency’s ability to serve abused and neglected children, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report.

A longtime Columbia children’s law attorney who was interviewed for the federal study called the results "pretty significant."

"They (DSS) have a real hard time identifying the kids and families who truly need intervention, and the kids and their parents who could be left alone or left alone with some basic services," attorney Jay Elliott told The Nerve when contacted last week.

Concerns that the agency is failing to protect the state's children are widespread, while the agency often opts to wield a heavy hand to become an accomplice to those seeking to use the agency as a tool of revenge or to conduct costly "fishing expeditions" on behalf of parties involved in ongoing domestic court cases.

Scott and Thurmond lead First District endorsement race

As the late-breaking race to fill the First District seat heats up, two of the nine GOP candidates have begun to announce a series of endorsements from elected officials from one end of the other of the coastal district.

While both State Rep. Tim Scott and Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond have announced numerous endorsements in recent weeks, Scott has rolled out a series of high-profile endorsements from across the district in the last two weeks, most notably House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon and most of the Berkeley County legislative delegation.

AG candidate forces out-of-state attack campaign to run for cover

It's no secret that yours truly has been vocally opposed to what is known as "astroturf" - shadowy groups with obscure funding sources and questionable political agendas. Such groups played major roles in GOP primaries in 2006 and 2008, targeting legislators who were questioning of outgoing Governor Mark Sanford's agenda, just as they were instrumental in the upset defeat of then-Governor David Beasley in 1998.

This year's target of these groups: GOP Attorney General candidate Leighton Lord.

Lord was been attacked by the American Future Fund, an out-of-state political group, over his role in the negotiations which brought the Boeing plant to North Charleston via their website - Lord went on offense today, challenging the group publicly:

GO Nukes!

In their ruling in support of the decision by the South Carolina Public Service Commission to allow the construction of two additional nuclear power reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in Fairfield County. The court ruled that:

“At the end of the day, the commission, in a very thorough and reasoned order, determined SCE&G has appropriately established a need for the facility, and thereafter approved SCE&G’s proposed rate increases as reasonable costs to be passed on to the customers for the construction of the facility.”

It's worth nothing that some of those working against this were also opposed to the now-abandoned Santee-Cooper coal-fired power plant in Florence County, arguing the emissions of carbon and mercury presented a threat to the environment of South Carolina.

While it would seem logical that the construction of a nuclear power plant which emits only steam, using naturally-occuring uranium, would have been a more desirable option for these groups, it was apparent that logic and reason, as well as the need to provide for affordable electricity for the people and businesses of South Carolina, is not a concern of these radical groups.

Fortunately for the people of South Carolina, these issues were indeed a concern of the state's Supremes, whose ruling put people over extremist politics, for which the Blogland is grateful.

VUI asks: "Explain it to us, Mr. Bolchoz "

Brian McCarty over at Voting Under The Influence is having fun with GOP AG candidate Robert Bolchoz' campaign contribution history, including a donation he made to none other that outgoing Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd.  But the fair guy he is, the discovery includes an opportunity for Bolchoz to explain the donation:

In 2004, Robert Bolchoz, of ING, gave liberal Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd $500 in Dodd’s re-election bid against a Republican candidate. According to Open Secrets, the general election contribution made by Bolchoz for Dodd was made on August 12th, 2004.

We're not going to get into editorializing on this one.  If you want to know more, you can read the rest of the posting for yourself ...

2010 SCGOP Silver Elephant Dinner recapped

Tonight's Silver Elephant Dinner was a great event.  Thanks go out to the SCGOP team for such a well-managed event, and Wes Donehue for the invite to attend the event.

I enjoyed the great view from the back stage as part of the Bloggers Panel along with Brad Warthen and Wes Wolfe.

Special thanks to the many Blogland readers who stopped by the Bloggers table, as well as talked to me around the event. I'm always amazed, flattered and honored to hear from all of you.

To give y'all a recap, here are the five reports from the event:

#1: Opening

Silver Elephant Dinner #5: Karl Rove attacks on health care, remembers veterans, and calls the audience to serve

Attacking a health care bill which he described as having a 60% disapproval rating, he asked "how many trees had to die for this legislation?", Rove's remarks focused largely on opposing the Obama health care agenda.

He pointed out that "if you can buy car insurance from a lizard in Maryland, why can't you have more choices in health care", cautioning that health care reform "isn't about giving more money to the government or big insurance companies, it's about giving you more choices and more freedom".

He closed his speech talking about meeting a veteran during the last week he worked at the White House - "I was a lot smarter before I started working there" - during a Presidential visit to Reno, Nevada when he was going to speaking to the American Legion, followed by a visit to thirteen families who'd lost family members serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Silver Elephant Dinner #4: Karl Rove speaks

Introduced by former S.C. House Speaker David Wilkins, Karl Rove took the stage to address the Silver Elephant attendees.

After recognizing Sally Atwater, Rove gave three reasons for why he came to speak:

  1. Karen told me to come.
  2. I love South Carolina, particularly after 2000, when we won here.
  3. We've got to let nothing stop us from taking South Carolina this fall.

Rove followed by issuing three challenges to attendees:

  • They want Joe Wilson out ... and would love nothing better than to deal a blow to him.

  • While they're trying to pull a surprise on them, let's pull one on them by retiring Spratt.

  • Maximize your numbers in the legislature so you can draw the new Congressional district which is expected to come to South Carolina.

Silver Elephant Dinner #3: SCGOP Karen Floyd speaks

SCGOP Chair Karen Floyd followed a short break after the Sanford and Graham show, shifting the focus upon an SCGOP ready to go into the June primaries and the November general elections. She pointed out that statewide, the GOP recruited three times the candidates that the Democrats were able to recruit.

Floyd quoted current Mississippi Governor (and former RNC Chair) Haley Barbour's policy dictate, challenging the audience to "Keep the main thing, the main thing."

Floyd then introduced six former SCGOP Chairs to present the state GOP's first-ever Roger Milliken Lifetime Achievement Award to former SCGOP Chair Joe Edens, which Floyd said would be awarded to "the man who represents what being a Republican is all about".

Floyd then introduced former S.C. House Speaker David Wilkins who will introduce Karl Rove.

Silver Elephant Dinner #2: Sanford and Graham's tough acts

After a short break, the event continued, featuring two VIPs with low enthusiasm: outgoing Governor Mark Sanford and Senator Lindsey Graham.

When introduced, every table had attendees who did not stand when Sanford was introduced. Attendees visibly winced when Sanford repeatedly referred to "Jenny and our four kids".

Sanford referred to traveling, telling the audience "we're at a crossroads".

Between the Appalachian Trail and Argentinian ... 'nuff said there.

Graham was then introduced to even more lukewarm response, with the loudest applause coming when he praised fellow Senator Jim DeMint, encouraging Republicans to campaign hard for Demint.

Silver Elephant Dinner #1: Opening

It's a full house here at the 2010 SCGOP Silver Elephant Dinner.

The event opened with the gubernatorial candidates. Andre Bauer opened, followed by Nikki Haley and then Henry McMaster. Gresham Barrett was unable to make it, with his flight grounded by the weather.

Bauer's comments followed off last night's discussion, saying "I'm not saying we can't help people. We all have tough times. Having grown up in a single parent household, I understand."

Haley attacked federal bailouts and praised Senator Jim DeMint, aski

McMaster appealed to his long ties in the SCGOP as its former Chair, recalling in 1994 when the GOP seized control of Congress, along with the State House. He encouraged attendees: "we've got 'em on the run ... we're gonna fight and we're gonna win".

More to come ...

Recognizing PITA on Earth Day

It's a great day to celebrate Earth Day in the Blogland ... we recommend a steak pita in recognition of the occasion.

The kind of "Infestation" you need

Yeah, we know Steve Benjamin got elected, but there's something more important happening out there that Blogland readers need to know about.

The new RATT album is out - Infestation - and it ROCKS.  Stephen Pearcy's back at the helm of the band, and this album is easily their best work since the 80s - and their first release at all since 1999.

They're hitting the road this summer and fall, and you can bet yours truly will be catching them. I saw their lead singer with his solo band project three years back and it was a great show. Carlos Cavazo, the long-haired blonde guitarist from Quiet Riot, is now with the band as well.

When we're talking about a RATT infestation ... if you have one at your home, this is what it may look and sound like:

Winners, losers and kingmakers in the 4th District race

More tough news came in for Bob Inglis' congressional re-election campaign in the 4th District, as campaign finance disclosures showed a close money race between Inglis and 7th Circuit Solicitor Trey Gowdy. This is yet another sign that the Fourth District race, which we talked about recently, is heating up.

While State Senator David Thomas' candidacy is failing to attract notable support, falling way behind Gowdy and Inglis in fundraising, he still has the benefit of his long-time incumbency in his Greenville Senate district. Even if Thomas fails to make a strong overall showing, he could still be an important factor in the 4th District race.

Many 4th races have shown a degree of rivalry between Greenville and Spartanburg Counties. In recent years, the seat has gone either to those candidates from Greenville County, or those who won Spartanburg while splitting the Greenville vote:

Leading Ladies of State Politics in Columbia, Part 2

Part two of today's conference included a panel discussion on blogging and it's impact upon news and politics, featuring yours truly, SC blog pioneer and Democratic new media strategist Laurin Manning and the Mack Daddy of state political blogs - Will Folks.

In a freewheeling discussion, we shared our insights and experiences with the audience. Some of the most notable points raised were:

  • Three things not to do: Waste our time with non-news, be a hypocrite, or lie to us.
  • Agreed that bloggers are the news, but maybe not journalists.
  • Encouraged the audience that if they get into blogging, to find a niche and write about their passions.
  • Cautioned that anonymous blogs don't have much credibility, nor should candidates and campaigns respond to every post and comment on a blogsite.
  • If you or your candidate is getting attacked by bloggers, you must be a threat.
  • Don't sell yourself as a "great woman candidate", but rather qualify yourself as the best candidate without regard for gender.

As always, it's an honor and a great learning experience to share the stage with such great talent with such extensive background, as well as to engage in discussions with those attending the event. It was also an honor to get to speak to such a passionate audience and share ideas and experiences. Thanks to Deb Sofield and Barbara Rackes, as well as the rest of the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics for their hospitality and a well-organized event.

Leading Ladies of State Politics in Columbia, Part 1

It's been fun visiting with the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics' annual conference in Columbia this weekend. As the Blogland is all about promoting greater involvement in South Carolina's political culture, it's always great to be able to directly take part in these efforts.

Last night, it was dinner at 701 Whaley Street in the Olympia district, featuring Arlene Violet, who was the nation's first elected state Attorney General (in Rhode Island), who gave a fun and thoughtful discussion talking about her experiences as a nun, Attorney General and activist for getting women involved in politics, both in the United States and abroad.

It was great to share a table with two prominent Midlands Republicans - Rep. Joan Brady and Nettie Britts.

A Rabid Donkey?

Rabid donkey found in North Carolina. Insert political joke below.

A donkey in northern Durham County, N.C., tested positive for rabies, Durham County Animal Control reported Monday.

Officials don't know how the donkey was exposed to the virus. They think it probably was infected by a rabid wild animal that passed through the donkey’s pasture.

This is not the first case of rabies in Durham County, but this is the first known case of rabies in a donkey in Durham County. The donkey marks the second case of rabies in Durham County in 2010.

Prisoner 7: What happened to Raoul Wallenberg?

News of the tragic Polish airplane crash while transporting many of Poland's high-ranking officials to visit the site of the Katyn Forest Massacre isn't the only recent news about a Soviet-inflicted WWII tragedy.

Recent news about the fate of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps, has come to light, suggesting he did not die shortly after his arrest, but rather may have been kept prisoner by the Soviets for many years.

The Tea Parties still matter (and we were right!)

It was a year ago today that millions of Americans hit the streets to make their voices heard about the unbridled spending of the Obama administration, which made a quick start at increasing spending, along with the national debt.

I was doing a guest teaching stint at UNC-Greensboro that day, and not too far from campus was one of the events. Some of the others on campus dismissed them, as did a lot of of others. I sketched out an argument that day, cautioning those critics not to be so quick to judge the movement, and later refined that here in the Blogland:

In the last two election cycles, Democrats gained electoral ground often by presenting candidates who claimed to be fiscally conservative, but moderate on social issues. Such models would be wise, as national polling suggests about two-thirds of voters generally hold fiscally conservative positions, while about forty percent generally identify with conservative positions on social issues. But in looking at the attacks leveled at the national tea party movement, both politically and personally, one has to wonder if the Democrats really welcome those voters who are fiscally conservative or if they're simply paying lip service and using their votes to gain power in Washington.

Let's not forget those who serve, and those who stand by them

Yesterday, I talked with two people with family serving overseas in the military, and another whose husband will be going on deployment soon. Jen and Jeanne's husbands and Linda's son are three of several hundred thousand military personnel who leave home for months and years at a time, mostly in the hostile environments of Afghanistan or Iraq, to try to make the world a better, safer, and freer place.

Take a moment today to think about those who've gone over there to keep us a little safer over here, as well as their families who do their own loyal duty. If you know anyone whose family members are overseas, take a moment to reach out, thank them and let them know you're there for them.

Hot dogs and 'cue with Paul Thurmond

As rainclouds held off, a crowd gathered a stone's throw from the railorad tracks in downtown Moncks Corner for barbeque, hot dogs and a heapin' helping of politics, served up by GOP congressional candidate Paul Thurmond and his Berkeley County supporters.

Thurmond's address was short and to the point (showing he paid attention in his public speaking class), calling for a "new generation of leadership". He was joined by several of his key Berkeley County endorsees: Sheriff Wayne Dewitt, Coroner Glenn Rhoad, and Clerk of Court Mary Brown.

Karen Floyd’s Crisis of Confidence - and an Opportunity

It’s been a long tough week for the S.C. Republican Party - and it’s just Tuesday.

I was asked by SCGOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd last summer to become the Treasurer of the party, and after some initial guidance by Glen O’Connell – who had served as SCGOP Treasurer for a few years under Katon Dawson – I assumed that role in December of 2009. I resigned three months later.

In short, I would describe my tenure as an absolutely toxic experience that I could simply no longer endure. Not only was I forced into a reactionary position concerning the party’s extravagant spending on non-electoral items, I was also forced to oversee expenditures on items that would only serve political insiders in Columbia – and to do so without objection.

Jeff Duncan - the right choice for the Third District

Voters have several choices in the race to replace outgoing Congressman Gresham Barrett in the Third Congressional District. Given the district’s voting trends, the winner of the GOP nomination will be their next Congressman, so it’s a choice they should take seriously. Since losing the seat in 1994, the Democrats have lost bids for the seat handily.

The Republican candidates competing for this seat offer varying degrees of experience and enthusiasm. Third District voters should select a candidate who represents the best combination of these, as well as a commitment to the kind of conservative principles which are near to the heart of the GOP grassroots.

The Blogland recommends Laurens County State Representative Jeff Duncan as the best choice to represent the Third District in Congress.

Is Bolchoz really running for Attorney General?

This year's race to fill the Attorney General's office seems to be about as active as GOP primary contests in 1994 and 2002. In both years, these races went into run-offs, where the more active candidates faced off for the nomination, making it critical to be one of the two candidates who are waging serious campaigns for the office

This year, Republicans Robert Bolchoz, Leighton Lord and Alan Wilson are contesting the nomination, but the latest results from campaign disclosures caution that Bolchoz' candidacy may be running out of steam.

Re-elect Representative Boyd Brown

With this op-ed, the Blogland makes history by endorsing a Democrat in an election.

In the Democratic primary for House District 41 in Chester and Fairfield Counties, voters have two candidates to choose from. With the lack of GOP opposition in what is an overwhelmingly-Democratic district, their pick will represent them in the State House for the next two years.

While the Blogland would rather people vote Republican, those whose consciences compel them to vote in the Democratic primary should do just that, and when they do, they should vote to give Representative Boyd Brown another term in the State House.

What the heck is a micro-lubricant?

Condolences to Linda Butler Johnson

The Blogland extends its condolences to long-time Charleston County GOP leader Linda Butler Johnson for the loss of her mother, Ruth Florrie Ackerman Butler.

Please take a few minutes to say a prayer or reach out to Linda.

According to the obituary:

    Mrs. Butler was born on October 17, 1921 in Cottageville, South Carolina, daughter of the late Phillip and Florrie Ackerman. She was a retiree with 35 years of service with SCE&G and worked in the Data Processing office. Mrs. Butler was of the Southern Methodist faith and was a member of the Women's Missionary Society. Surviving are her husband Edward of Ladson; two daughters, Linda Butler-Johnson of Wadmalaw Island and Karla Butler Phinney of Mandeville, LA; a son, Edward Wayne Butler of Conyers, GA; five grandchildren, Jeannie Heible Wilson, Kelly Butler Bray, Adrien Meyer, Stacey Butler, Wayne Butler; and three great grandchildren, Becker Wilson, Savannah Bray, and Cody Bray. Mrs. Butler was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Edward-Albert Heible. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting

South Carolina Speed Traps

The Blogland is all out looking out for our readers, because we love them.

This summer a lot of our readers will be traveling the roads of the Palmetto State. Travel is plenty expensive as it is with fuel, lodging and food.

You don't need some small town's idea of "revenue enhancement" spoiling your summer fun, so that's why we're letting our readers know about the National Speed Trap Exchange, with listings broken down by state and towns.

You can check out reader reports about numerous South Carolina speed traps. We're sure our readers won't find many of the reports very surprising. Especially some of our favorite spots: Bonneau, Cottageville, McBee and Society Hill.

Who's leading in the First District race?

The last time a Democratic candidate won the First Congressional District was 1978. Since that time, only one time has seen a candidate even come close - Linda Ketner who ran a surprisingly strong 48% against outgoing Congressman Henry Brown. Given this history, it seems unlikely for Democrats to have a chance at winning what is one of the longest continually-held GOP districts in the Carolinas. Only South Carolina's Second District and the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Ninth District have been in GOP hands longer.

Thus it seems likely that the race to replace Henry Brown will be decided with the GOP nomination.

In assessing the race, State Representive Tim Scott and Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond seem to be emerging as the leaders in the race for the all-important GOP nod for the seat.

Large majority of South Carolina Sheriffs endorse Alan Wilson

GOP Attorney General candidate Alan Wilson has been working the state's grassroots as aggressively as any candidate for statewide office, and seems to be making considerable progress. Thus far, his efforts seem to be making progress as he's announced the support of roughly two-thirds of the state's 46 Sheriffs.

According to this release from the Wilson campaign:

To date, twenty-nine of South Carolina's forty-six sheriffs have endorsed a candidate for Attorney General. All twenty-nine of those sheriffs, listed below, have united behind Wilson.

They are: Charles Goodwin (Abbeville), Michael Hunt (Aiken), John Skipper (Anderson), Ed Darnell (Bamberg), Ed Carroll (Barnwell), Wayne DeWitt (Berkeley), Thomas Summers (Calhoun), Richard Smith (Chester), Sam Parker (Chesterfield), Randy Garrett (Clarendon), L.C. Knight (Dorchester), Herman Young (Fairfield), Kenney Boone (Florence), Tony Davis (Greenwood), T.C. Smalls (Hampton), Greg Jenkins (Jasper), Ricky Chastain (Laurens), James Metts (Lexington), Mark Richardson (Marion), Fred Knight (Marlboro), George Reid (McCormick), Lee Foster (Newberry), James Singleton (Oconee), Larry Williams (Orangeburg), David Stone (Pickens), Jason Booth (Saluda), Chuck Wright (Spartanburg), Anthony Dennis (Union), Bruce Bryant (York), and former sheriffs Dan Wideman (Greenwood), John Cauthen (Lancaster), and George Booth (Saluda).

This list includes the Sheriffs of every one of the state's medium to large-population counties with the exceptions of Charleston, Greenville, and Richland. Many of the state's longest-serving Sheriffs are in Wilson's camp, including Herman Young from Fairfield, Lee Foster from Newberry, James Metts from Lexington and Bruce Bryant from York.

For the other two GOP candidates who are working to establish credibility with local GOP voters, these endorsements can't be good news.  But it seems even worse news for Democrats who are hoping to take back the office they lost in 1994. As many of the state's Democratic Sheriffs are on Wilson's list of supporters, the Democratic candidate will have a increasingly difficult time building momentum should he win the June primary.

2010 National Work Zone Awareness Week: April 19-23

National Work Zone Awareness Week is coming up later this month. As someone whose job involves protecting those working in work zones, you'll be doing me a favor by taking a few minutes to exercise a little more caution while traveling through work zones.

Here's some easy ways to help: allow a few extra minutes for travel, increase your following distance behind the car in front of you, watch out for construction vehicles suddenly slowing or stopping in front of you, and keep an eye out for lanes that close or traffic patterns that change.

It's not just for their benefit either. Studies show that the large majority of those killed or seriously injured in work zone collisions are motorists, not construction workers.

The High Road, Low Road, and Bob Inglis

For a long time, Congressman Bob Inglis was well-known for being upbeat and philosophical in his campaigns, as well as discussing issues before Congress. Given this image, it seems odd that his campaign would choose such campaign tactics as filing ethics charges against Spartanburg Solicitor Trey Gowdy, one of Inglis' challengers in the June GOP primary, instead of simply running on Inglis’s record and discussing issues:

Spartanburg prosecutor and congressional candidate Trey Gowdy wants rival U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis of Greenville to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of a State Ethics Commission investigation into Gowdy’s campaign finances that found no wrongdoing.

While it may be surprising to see Inglis take this approach to handling Gowdy, it’s not surprising that Gowdy has drawn the attention of the Inglis campaign. Unlike most of Inglis’s past opponents, Gowdy’s both well-known and well-liked in Upstate politics, ever since he ousted an incumbent Solicitor several years ago. That’s the kind of challenger any incumbent would be wise to take seriously.

The long-cultivated image of Inglis taking the figurative high road has been tarnished by his campaign’s decision to take the low road. For Bob Inglis to opt for the low road instead of the high road suggest either he's not the same guy he used to be or he's worried about his re-election prospects - or both.

Inglis' critics have often accused him of not being the same person politically and that too much time in Washington had changed him. Low-road tactics which aim to tear down his challengers get away from his usual constructive campaign messages, helping prove to voters that he has indeed changed.

How a Bill REALLY becomes Law

This parody of the Schoolhouse Rock cartoon shows tremendous insight into the current political climate in Washington:

Leroy Youmans

On Saturday, I drove out to rural Colleton County for the funeral for Leroy Youmans, one of my company's long-time foremen, who left this earth last week after a long battle with cancer.

Leroy was with my company's team when I came on board almost ten years ago. A guy with a can-do spirit, I never saw a time where he wasn't quick with a smile.

But I wasn't the only one whose life Leroy touched, as St. Paul's CME Church in Ritter was packed to overflowing for the funeral celebration.

In his time with the company, he took his crew across much of the Lowcountry, Midlands and Pee Dee, working on literally dozens of roads from upgrading rural dirt roads to paved one to widening city main roadways. If you needed it done, Leroy was there early, there late, and there until the job was done and it was time to move on to the next project.

In the 59 years that he was on this earth, Leroy built a lot of roads and touched the lives of a lot of people. If you drive around about dozen counties in the area between Columbia, Beaufort and Georgetown, you won't go far without driving on a road Leroy that helped build or improve during his career.

How much of a difference can YOU make in 59 years?

Dorchester GOP activist Pat Murphy's life of service

Lowcountry Republicans are mourning the loss of Pat Murphy, a long-time GOP activist from Dorchester County. He was a long-time Summerville resident who did much to help fuel the rise of the county's now-formidable Republican majority in the 1980s.

A Citadel graduate, retired USN Lt. Commander, and former Dorchester County magistrate, his record of service to country and community was exemplary.  Visitation will be tomorrow evening at James A. Dyal Funeral Home, Summerville from 6 until 8 p.m.

His legacy of service and Republicanism was passed down through his family.  His son Chris is winding down two terms on Dorchester County Council and is running for House District 98, and his daughter-in-law, Maite, was a long-time leader in Dorchester Women's Republican circles and is currently a county magistrate, following in her father-in-law's lead.

Few have given as much as Pat did to his country, his party, and his community - and it's greatly appreciated. Please keep his family in your prayers.