South Carolina is one of the most Conservative States in the U.S. by voting population, but many times those in Columbia mimic left coast liberals when it comes to things like kick-backs, pay-offs, and other forms of government corruption. I along with 15 other staunch conservatives were thrown out of the House Republican Caucus earlier this year because we refused to sign a loyalty pledge to not campaign against or call out other “Republican” members. This pledge is unprecedented and no other Republican (or even Democrat) Caucus in the country has such a blatantly crony rule. I have also forced on the record voting for judicial elections for three years in a row. I refuse to “go along to get along.”
South Carolina has consistently been ranked among the worst States when it comes to education, yet a recent nationwide study found that South Carolina had the highest average GPA’s in the United States. This is because we have one of the lowest graduation rates (82.6%) in the Country. We must do more to offer better educational alternatives and keep our kids in school to ensure a bright future for the next generation. I support expanding school choice so that parents can chose what is best for their child’s education. I helped pass the Transparency in Education Act earlier this year and have been a leading voice on this issue.
South Carolina must remain open for business. I will use my private sector experience to enact pro-business policies, fight overbearing government regulations, and balance the budget by reining in out-of-control spending. This has made me one of the main targets of crony special interest groups, and I wear that as a badge of honor. Special interest groups who throw money around state capitols should NOT be allowed to weaponize laws to stifle competition and get special government handouts.
Unfortunately, the Good Ol’ Boy system is alive and well in our state, and the primary reason is entrenched career politicians who have lost touch with their constituents. Government service should be for a season and should not be a career. I strongly support term limits for both the SC House and SC Senate.
I proudly support our right to keep and bear arms. The second amendment states that our rights shall not be infringed, and I am fighting to protect this fundamental right here in South Carolina.
The most fundamental right is the right to life. I will always work to protect all lives in South Carolina, no matter how small.