Harpootlian may have his hands full with the very impressive counterpart of the state’s Republican Party, though.
One week later on May 7, the state GOP elected a new party chair of outstanding accolades, too. Meet Chad Connelly, Amway salesman.
But Amway’s not the only one of Connelly’s ventures; he once operated the Sandlapper Group. A political consulting firm for state Republican candidates, Sandlapper became known for getting lots of out-of-state campaign donations, mostly from Howard Rich, the infamous New York Libertarian. That’s the same Howard Rich known to sneakily send multiple checks in maximum contribution amounts all from the same address, but under different business names, resulting in as much as half million dollars for GOP candidates in South Carolina every election year.
And even though it seems apparent that Sandlapper went out of business (well, it only got one of its six clients elected in 2008…), that didn’t bring Connelly down.
He kept his ties with Howard Rich, who paid Connelly $63,500 a year to lead the so-called “South Carolinians for Responsible Government,” which is nothing more than a pro-voucher front group operating a scheme to get public tax dollars to pay for private education.
And he’s on the board of Palmetto Family Council, too, the far-right group affiliated with the national Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. Even though PFC claims it promotes “healthy marriage catalyst,” that didn’t stop them from quickly forgiving Mark Sanford after his Argentina affair, and even trying to cover for him on their website. And, yes, PFC is also in favor of giving public education funds to private schools, too.
So let’s do a recap on this guy and the positive attributes he brings to the SCGOP, and in direct comparison the new chair of the state’s Democratic Party:
- Connelly - campaign law twister
- Harpootlian - solicitor, prosecutor and enforcer of law
- Connelly - failed campaign consultant
- Harpootlian - SCDP chair who helped unseat a Republican governor after only one term, and for the first time in the history of our state
- Connelly - strong foe of public education
- Harpootlian - filer of the lawsuit that forced Gov. Sanford to accept the needed federal funds for our state's public schools
- Connelly - successful Amway salesman
- Harpootlian - successful attorney, campaign consultant and party chair
I mean, just think of the positive improvements Connelly could directly offer to our state! When South Carolina kids from middle-class households have no schools to attend, thanks to the SCGOP chucking the money over to private academies, they can work as door-to-door salesmen under Connelly’s sales scheme! And in doing so, the state could chop Medicaid even further by having those uneducated kids sell Amway’s Nutrilite™ products to our senior citizens.
South Carolina Republicans, you have us on the edge of our seats! You strategic plotters, you …