The race for S.C. Senate seat 33, currently held by Sen. Luke Rankin, is being challenged by outside money influences in pushing to oust Rankin with a controllable novice.
Gov. Nikki Haley has joined the fray with her new PAC fund. The governor and her two outside PAC money bosses cannot control Rankin’s independence and so they are pushing someone they likely will control.
And that person is the novice Scott Pyle.
Pyle, if he is miraculously elected, will not be beholden to the people, but to the money bosses and Gov. Haley. The question I have is why would Pyle, a very wealthy businessman, want to take up the challenge to run for state senate?
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Can he, with a single office staff, handle the concerns, problems and gripes of thousands of constituents in the district, like Rankin has been able to do? Is Pyle aware that one senator can hold up legislation he may be pushing?
As a new senator, will he know where to go to get bills drafted and then passed?
Is Pyle willing to give up three, maybe four days a week to travel to Columbia at the expense of his lucrative business?
Lastly, it will take Pyle the entire half session of the S.C. Senate (2 years) to understand its operations and protocols.
So why is Pyle doing this? Yep. It maybe for the bosses, and possibly for his own business interests.
A few years ago, the Tea Party supported challengers such as the novice Pyle, only to be disappointed because after being elected, the challengers joined the party’s loyalist and cronies, angering Tea Party members.
Pyle can be such a candidate.
There are cable ads, paid for by outside PAC groups, amounting to more than $100,000, postulating erroneous and false legislative votes by Sen Rankin while the outside bosses are praising the novice Pyle as a conservative businessman who understands the economy.
How is this brilliant piece of advice going to help the novice get legislation passed by the Democrats in the Senate?
Does anyone care if the novice Pyle is what the ad says he is? I don’t.
The novice Pyle has 4 nicely-paid outside consultants telling him what to do, as he, the novice, knows very little about the issues troubling the citizens of District 33 but does seem to know how to collect money from outside sources helping his campaign.
The caveat the voters must know is to be aware whom you are voting to represent your interests and not those of the bosses.
Vote for an independent voice uncontrolled by the self interest money bosses and Gov. Haley.
Remember to pull the level for Rankin on June 14.
The writer is from Myrtle Beach.