Jakie Makes His Move November 14, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
STATE SENATOR LAUNCHES PREEMPTIVE STRIKE AGAINST GOVERNOR
FITSNews – November 14, 2007 – Say what you want about Lexington Sen. Jake Knotts (and we’ve said plenty), but home boy ain’t dumb. And obviously neither is his political consultant, the wily (and wooly) Rod Shealy, Sr.
That’s why it didn’t surprise us in the least that Shealy launched a preemptive strike in this morning’s Lake Murray News, of all places, against Knotts’ chief antagonist in his upcoming 2008 Senate Race, Gov. Mark Sanford. Seeking to portray the governor as a man with a vendetta against the former law enforcement officer, Shealy claims to have uncovered at least a portion of the so-called “Sanford plumbers” operation that is allegedly targeting several non-cooperative lawmakers for defeat.
As much as we disagree with Jakie (and will likely endorse whoever ends up running against him next year, provided they have a pulse), we’ve got to give the big guy some credit on this one, at least from a strategic standpoint. Shealy’s charges against the governor – which we’ll be investigating in more detail in forthcoming posts – are bound to provide him with at least some insulation from whatever assaults are coming his way in the months to come, no matter how accurate or deserving they may be. Will it be enough to distract voters and save his seat? We’ll see …