NO BIG SURPRISE
Today, Fifth Circuit Solicitor Barney Giese made it official that he is what many of us have known all along, a Democrat.
There is nothing wrong with being a democrat mind you, after all, this is Sol Blatt talking. But, I am sure that many Republicans are relieved to have this man leave their party.
Something surprising to me however, is how "diplomatic" the State GOP is being about the whole thing. Barney has left them only about 60 days to find a candidate and all Katon Dawson can say is "It’s disappointing and unfortunate...His neutrality in running the office and lack of close involvement in GOP circles “caused some heartaches and complaints,” but it is in keeping with the traditional political profile of prosecutors.” WHAT!
Again the State GOP just doesn't get it.
One of their guys just jumped ship and that's all Scotty, Ragley and Katon can come up with? Republicans should be outraged that their leadership has allowed Giese to get off so light. The job of the Party Chairman is not to be diplomatic, it is to be partisan, bitterly partisan. His job is to attack the opposing party and elect candidates from his own party. Dawson should have cut Barney a new one, but he didn't.
The question that should be asked now is, Why?
Since Dawson and Giese go back a while, maybe the State GOP won't look for a candidate. Maybe they will endorse Barney.
Everyday, the SC GOP is becoming more like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get.