Endorsing Paul Thurmond (again)

With the decision to re-open filing for the GOP field for Senate District 41, three candidates have entered the race: Wally Burbage, Walter Hundley and Paul Thurmond. Here's our take on the three Republican candidates.

Burbage lost a special election primary for the seat handily in the spring. We believe the voters' judgment upon his candidacy should apply to this race as well and it's hard to see how someone who loses in a landslide in the spring could prevail in a second race several months later.

Hundley won the special election primary, defeating three others, including Burbage, in the first round of voting and went on to defeat Democrat Paul Tinkler in the special general contest. He had promised to seek the seat in the special election, to serve as a place-holder until a permanent successor to Glenn McConnell could be elected in November. Now, he's not stepping aside.

The Blogland supported Paul Thurmond for this seat back in June before courts got in the way of the primary. Although there are new faces in the race, we stand by that endorsement:

While McConnell's thirty-two years of Senatorial experience will be difficult to replace, the choice for who will succeed him isn't. We're endorsing Republican Paul Thurmond to fill the vacant Senate seat in the Republican Primary ...

After serving on Charleston County Council, Thurmond ran in the Republican primary for the open First District Congressional seat two years ago. He lost to Congressman Tim Scott in the run-off, but in doing so, established himself as a quiet workhorse. While he has one of the state's most prominent political pedigrees as the son of the late United States Senator, he has chosen to promote his candidacies based upon his own merits instead of grabbing his father's contact list (which is more than we can say for the children of other noted SC politicos). We observed this when he first entered Lowcountry politics and he has continued this humble and honest approach since, which says much to us about Thurmond's character.

You can read the rest of the endorsement here. If you're in the district, please be sure to vote for him. If you know someone who does, ask them to support him. If you have time to spare, please help with his campaign.

The special primary election is Tuesday, September 18th and the general election will be held with the normal election in November.

5 Response to "Endorsing Paul Thurmond (again)"

  1. Anonymous 6/9/12 11:21
    I can understand standing by your endorsement. However, with the legal issues we have in this state during this insane election cycle, I took a step back to rethink this race and who I would vote for. At least we know that Senator Hundley is a viable candidate who can win in the fall. The same can be said for Paul Thurmond. The single issue that changed my mind was that Paul Thurmond has been disqualified.

    With that said, as a voter in District 41 I believe this issue will not be decided in the ballot box. It has a very good chance of being decided in the court system the day before the election. I just don't know if Paul Thurmond has the ability to provide a solid argument to the SC Supreme Court or his team of lawyers. If in fact the SC Supreme Court removes Thurmond's name from the ballot, I will most certainly cast my vote for Senator Hundley.

    Another big deciding factor is why Lt. Gov. McConnell is not supporting Mr. Thurmond. This is mostly what I need to know about the race. If Glenn McConnell says Hundley is the man for the job then I will support McConnell's decision every time. I just think there is something fishy about Thurmond. Higher office aspirations still afloat???
  2. Sharon Spruell 6/9/12 11:32
    After witnessing the behavior of District 9 Councilman Joe Qualey at one of Charleston County Council's Finance Committee meetings last month regarding the Kiawah River Plantation TIF study, It's truly a shame that Mr. Thurmond was prevented from running for that seat. I personally found Mr. Qualey's behavior nothing less than rude and disrespectful toward the other members of Charleston County Council. Has Councilman Joe Qualey gone Rogue? http://positivelycharleston.com/news/say-it-aint-so-joe/
  3. Sharon Spruell 6/9/12 11:35
    Perhaps I should have clarified myself - It's a shame Mr. Thurmond could not run for District 9 in lieu of the seat that was, in essence, taken from him.
  4. earlcapps 6/9/12 20:39
    Anon, I think McConnell is going to sit this one out. Of course, that's only a guess.

    As to the likelihood that courts will settle this race (and/or others), nothing would surprise me at this point. This whole mess just gets more and more strange as it goes. The only thing we can say at this point is that the real winners are the attorneys. Some of them have to be making a killing.
  5. Lisa Pereira 11/9/12 08:53
    I heard Hundley speak last night. His sole reason for why people should vote for him appears to be Vote for me I'm state supreme court approved.
    In which case why bother having elections to pick the best candidates. Why not just have the state supreme court decide all races.

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