A growing number of groups are raising criticism of the Republican Governors Association political ad targeting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen for his work as a defense lawyer.
On Wednesday, the state Bar announced a website addressed sclawyerfacts.org noting “Recent political campaign ads have waged an attack against the legal profession, rather than presenting solutions to problems facing South Carolinians. The uncivil, misleading political rhetoric clouds the opportunity for honest debate on substantive issues important to our state.”
No candidate is named in the message, but Republicans have made an issue of Sheheen’s work as tries to cultivate female voters ahead his run versus Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in November.
The RGA ad targets Sheheen’s representation of male clients accused of domestic violence, saying he “made money off criminals.”
Also Wednesday, a lawyer representing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee in connection with the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal also condemned the ad, according to the Huffington Post.
“I did watch the ad and, wow, it’s a disgrace,” Robert D. Luskin, a partner at Patton Boggs, told The Huffington Post in an email. “The people who talk incessantly about American exceptionalism ought to demonstrate some understanding — and some respect — for what makes our system truly admirable: that includes the willingness of lawyers to stand up for their clients no matter how ugly the allegation. But a lawyer is only, ever an advocate; he’s not a co conspirator or an enabler.”
Attorney General Alan Wilson (left) and House Speaker Bobby Harrell. (Post and Courier)
A ethics-related case against House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, is expected to move forward next week as his attorneys argue that a state court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the matter.
Harrell has been accused of using his campaign funds for personal use, among other allegations. Attorney General Alan Wilson referred the case to a state grand jury earlier this year. Continue reading →
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s re-election n during a press conference at William Barnet & Son, a 116-year old textile manufacturing and distribution company that employs 150 workers in South Carolina.
“Sen. Lindsey Graham is a true champion for free enterprise,” said Jack Howard, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president for congressional and public affairs. “He is a demonstrated leader on issues that will boost economic freedom and job creation in South Carolina and across the country. We are proud to stand with him.”
In a letter to Graham, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said they would encourage the business community to “vigorously support” Graham’s candidacy.
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, which named Graham its 2013 Public Servant of the Year Award, was in attendance supporting the announcement.
Graham faces six challengers in the June GOP primary.
Charmeka Childs, candidate for state Superintendent of Education, has nabbed her fourth endorsement, with Senator Kevin Bryant announcing his support for her candidacy.
Child’s campaign announced through a written release that the Anderson Republican Senator was backing Childs for voting against the adoption of Common Core standards for South Carolina while she served on the Education Oversight Committee in 2010, “years before the outrage we see now.”
Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has endorsed Sally Atwater, candidate for state Superintendent of Education, making it her second high-profile endorsement.
Atwater’s campaign announced Gingrich’s endorsement through a written release on Tuesday, where Gingrich said Atwater is a “true conservative leader” who opposes Common Core and will stand up to “bureaucratic regulations and red tape” that “stifle classroom improvement.”
South Carolina’s high school class of 2015 got some interesting news yesterday — the Haley administration is doing away with its traditional senior testing requirement.
The move, the AP’s Seanna Adcox reports, is especially cheered by advocates for those with disabilities, who say that the test was the lone impediment for many who could satisfy other requirements. Continue reading →
The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small-business association, today endorsed Lindsey Graham for a third term in the U.S. Senate.
The endorsement comes from the NFIB SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on the candidate’s record and positions on key small-business issues such as health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues, according to a media release.
“Our members support the candidates who support small business, and Senator Graham’s record speaks for itself,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB vice president for political and grassroots.
Graham voted with NFIB on all four of its key votes, the group said. It listed votes to protect individuals and small-business owners from a $1 trillion tax increase, to prevent taxing carbon emissions, for investment in the Keystone XL Pipeline construction, and to repeal the estate tax, making it easier for small-business owners to pass their family businesses down to their children and grandchildren, their endorsement said.
UPDATED: Republicans continue to hit Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee, on his work as a criminal defense attorney when he defended those convicted of domestic violence and other crimes against women. Sheheen is a general practice lawyer in Camden.
“Sheheen defended violent criminals who abused women and went to work setting them free,” a new Republican Governor’s Association ad says.