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itshappening
06-24-2008, 08:15 PM
oops, he voted for Ron Paul so even though he's a Democrat he's now annointed a "longshot" insurgent by the media!


Graham's Dem challenger was SC county GOP official


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The man running a longshot Democratic campaign against South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham was on his county Republican Party's roster until just before he won his primary election this month.

Bob Conley, 42, an engineer from North Myrtle Beach, had acknowledged some past involvement in the Republican Party, including an ill-fated run for the Indiana Legislature in 2000.

In May, during his primary campaign, Conley told The Associated Press that he had voted for Republican Ron Paul in the January presidential primary but had walked away from the GOP in 2000 or 2001.

"And it was because of trade, it was because of immigration, it was because of the sellout of the American worker and the sellout of American sovereignty for the benefit of the multinational corporations," he said. "I walked away and said that party can go to the devil."

But Conley didn't leave the GOP when he claimed he did. Republican Party officials in Horry County in South Carolina said Friday that Conley won a spot on the county Republican Party's executive committee, representing a North Myrtle Beach precinct, in February 2007.

Conley campaign vice chairman Lee Griggs said Conley left the GOP about eight years ago to become involved with the Reform Party. He came back to the GOP to advocate for Paul's campaign and resigned his local GOP position in February of this year.

"To my understanding, he was not a member of the Republican Party," Griggs said.

County Republicans where Conley lives say they found out that he planned to take on Graham, one of the Republican Party's most well-known national standard-bearers, shortly before the June 10 primary. North Myrtle Beach GOP Club president Cleo Steele said Conley was removed from his executive committee post within the past month.

Conley's name remained on the Horry County GOP's Web site as an executive committee member Friday morning.

Robert Rabon, the county party's chairman, said Conley technically left the GOP when he paid filing fees to campaign as a Democrat. Those papers include a pledge that the person running is indeed a Democrat.

"That's a way of resignation," said Rabon, who accused Conley of "grandstanding to get some media attention."

Conley's candidacy and party affiliations are now an issue for Democrats.

Waring Howe, a Democratic National Committee member and superdelegate, said Conley's recent GOP ties should have been fully disclosed. He needs "to be very forthright and open with the voters whose trust he sought," Howe said.

Conley "is not really regarded as a very serious candidate," Howe said. "He's going to have to show a greater effort to appeal to the Democratic base and raise funds and show general seriousness for Democrats to line up behind him in any serious way."

Conley beat Mount Pleasant lawyer Michael Cone by 1,058 votes out of more than 147,000 ballots cast last week. After he lost, Cone said he knew of Conley's Republican ties and should have raised them as an issue.

State Democratic and Republican party officials said Conley hasn't voted in a Democratic primary since 2002. State GOP spokesman Rob Godfrey said Conley voted in the 2004 Republican primary. South Carolina does not use political party registrations, so voters are free to choose which party's primary gets their votes.

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acptulsa
06-25-2008, 06:34 AM
Amusing to watch the media spin a story this way and that and know that the voters in this district know this guy and will vote for him or his opponent on the issues and merits. Local and district type races rock.

Wiseburn
06-25-2008, 12:25 PM
... the voters in this district know this guy and will vote for him or his opponent on the issues and merits. Local and district type races rock.

AcpTulsa,

This is a statewide race. Most of the statewide voters probably don't know FlatTopBob yet. A few questions remain.

Will Democrats (Obama's workers and Dem Senatorial Committee) help raise awareness of Conley? Or do they think Graham has a lock on the seat [Or do they prefer Graham]?

Will Conservative Voters vote for a Democrat even though many dislike Grahamnesty?

Will Conley revise his website so it doesn't appeal only to the 15% of voters who support Ron Paul? I don't know SC demographics, but Paul's appeal is probably even less than this in SC.

Will Conley ride the wave of Obama support? Does SC like McCain?

Conley needs to fine tune his message and alienate as few voters as possible?

Steve

freedom-maniac
06-27-2008, 02:39 PM
AcpTulsa,

This is a statewide race. Most of the statewide voters probably don't know FlatTopBob yet. A few questions remain.

Will Democrats (Obama's workers and Dem Senatorial Committee) help raise awareness of Conley? Or do they think Graham has a lock on the seat [Or do they prefer Graham]?

Will Conservative Voters vote for a Democrat even though many dislike Grahamnesty?

Will Conley revise his website so it doesn't appeal only to the 15% of voters who support Ron Paul? I don't know SC demographics, but Paul's appeal is probably even less than this in SC.

Will Conley ride the wave of Obama support? Does SC like McCain?

Conley needs to fine tune his message and alienate as few voters as possible?

Steve

Does ANYONE like McCain? Is Conley a genious, or just another idiot who's going to screw things up? Where is Waldo?