Friday’s editorial again urges voters to give the District 1 Congressional race their full attention. See the bottom of the post for a discussion of a new poll showing surprising standings in the race.
The Grand Strand’s position as a critical battlefield in the fight for the Republican nomination to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Henry Brown was further solidified by two significant endorsements this week.
First, Carroll Campbell III chose
his grandfather’s old
Notably, despite the dominant
rhetoric about “out of control spending” in
“My commitment on getting
This is a more traditional description of a Congressman’s role, and frankly a much more sensible approach, than the blind crusade against projects that no candidate is really taking but all of them pay homage to before the tea parties. Our nation’s fiscal future is undeniably unsustainable, but it’s not merely an earmark problem (they’re 2 percent of the deficit). Nor is it simply a war problem, an entitlement problem or even just a spending problem: It’s an overall deficit problem. We’re asking too much of our government, and expecting to pay too little for it.
Some spending is obviously wasteful, and ought to be eliminated for its own lack of merits, perhaps even an across-the-board halt so the larger imbalances can come into focus. But pursuing the projects that have a clear impact on improving our country and our region - our highways, our beaches and our ports - must be our next Congressman’s priority.
With the Congressional race so up in the air, every serious candidate that visits the Grand Strand will likely offer similar promises, and voters must do their utmost to evaluate who will be the most effective. A second significant endorsement this week - this time, from new Burroughs and Chapin CEO Jim Apple - demonstrates how difficult a choice it is. Apple was prominently listed as Horry County Co-Chair of “Business Leaders for Tim Scott,” and told us today that he is convinced Scott has the ability to help expand the Grand Strand’s job base beyond tourism - partly through securing an interstate.
Board chair Egerton Burroughs said
the influential company has no position on the race, and that Apple’s decision
represents his thoughts as an individual. In fact, Burroughs himself is leaning
toward a different candidate, he said, the son of his old friend Strom
Thurmond. “Paul’s like family to me, so I’m leaning his way,” Burroughs said,
also noting the importance of federal projects for
Burroughs noted that in addition to
Campbell, Thurmond and Scott,
The Charleston Post & Courier has an article today about
a poll of voters in the district. The results are relatively surprising on their face:
What does this poll tell us? Not much, in my opinion. First, the sample was 500 “likely Republican voters,” which the pollsters say gives a margin of error of 4.5 percent. With numbers so low to begin with, that margin wipes out all but the double-digit distinctions; i.e., more people support Campbell or Scott than do Parker or Jenerette, but not necessarily in that order.
Second, the big upset in the poll is Kobrovsky’s place near
the top, but he’s the one who commissioned the poll. His numbers on their face
are pretty suspect: in a district where there are nearly equal numbers of Republican
voters in Horry and
More fundamentally, 10 percent of the sample is roughly 50 people. The copies of the Constitution Kobrovsky hands out may indeed be winning people over, but I’d like to see a larger, independent poll before I’m convinced of it.