While Republicans are thin on the ground in this region, some of the state’s best reside in that Congressional district. We’re asking Sixth District Republicans to support the best: Bill Connor for Chair, Jim Pratt for Vice-Chair, Moye Graham for a national delegate slot and Sandra Bryan for Secretary.
Connor, an attorney in Orangeburg, made his entry into politics via a strong bid in 2010 for Lieutenant Governor, where he made it into the GOP run-off. A veteran of the Afghan conflict who is active in his community, he brings a solid resume of public service to the table. As someone who learned how to hit the road and has kept a loyal following among grassroots Republicans around the state since his 2010 race, he could serve as an important voice for Sixth District Republicans, helping connect them with the state GOP. In the world of hindsight, perhaps the Blogland, which was neutral in 2010, should have taken sides in that race. But we’re not going to repeat that mistake so we’re backing Connor for Chair.
Pratt is an outdoor advertising executive in Orangeburg. His 2010 candidacy for the Sixth Congressional District didn’t go far, but compared to the past candidacies waged by others known for being controversial, he brought a degree of class, character and emotional stability not often seen in Sixth District candidates. A thoughtful, honest and sincere guy, he would easily be in office in more GOP-friendly territory, but instead he chooses to keep soldiering in tough GOP turf, for which he is both a loyal trooper and a good representative. He’s paid his dues and shows good promise for future, thus Sixth District Republicans would be wise to support him for Vice-Chair.
Graham, an engineer by profession and current Chair of the Clarendon County GOP, comes with an impressive resume of service to the Republican Party. Bringing a constellation of GOP stars to Clarendon County, he was the architect of a recent close-call where Republicans got 48 percent of the vote in a special election for a heavily-Democratic State House seat (where the best-ever GOP candidate previously landed a mere 27%). Known for his plain-spoken approach to politics, he’s a long-time guerilla fighter for the GOP in some of the most Democratic turf in the state who commands respect from both Democrats and Republicans alike. He’s earned a delegate seat at the upcoming Republican National Convention and Sixth District Republicans would do well to make him one of their delegate choices.
Sandra Bryan from Richland County has been mentioned as a potential candidate for District Secretary. Given her long-time record of involvement in the GOP, we endorse her candidacy. It may be a small office, but she’s earned this opportunity, so please support her.
As the Sixth District is a diverse district with few GOP-friendly areas, we would ask Sixth District Republicans to pick a diverse slate with an eye on rewarding those who have proven their loyalty to the party by fighting the good fight where few Republicans would dare to tread. While there are other offices to fill and other deserving candidates for those offices, Bill Connor, Jim Pratt, Moye Graham and Sandra Bryan are among those who should have their support at the upcoming convention.