Nikki Haley of South Carolina

If you live in Western North Carolina two of your three major television stations come out of the Upstate of South Carolina. As a result, I haven’t been able to turn on the TV for the last few months without seeing a political ad for the South Carolina gubernatorial race. You get the occasional Democrat but most of the ads have been for one of the Republicans – Nikki Haley, Gresham Barrett, Henry McMaster, or Andre Bauer.

Thus, I “know” that Gresham went to the Citadel, that Henry will assert South Carolina’s state’s rights, that Andre has been endorsed by Mike Huckabee, and that Nikki is against the power of the legislature and has been endorsed by Sarah Palin.

South Carolina Republican politics are also some of the most brutal in the country. Nikki Haley has been accused of having an affair with a blogger and a consultant for Andre Bauer (which she has strenuously denied), Gresham Barrett has been dumped on for voting for TARP, Henry McMaster has been accused of being a professional politician, and Andre Bauer is just a weasel. Oops, that last comment was mine but appears to be true.

However, this is a gun blog so where do they stand on the Second Amendment is important to me. The NRA has not endorsed any of the candidates nor has published their current grades. However, having examined the websites for all four, I’d guess that they would all get an A or A+ from the NRA. Of the four, the one that impresses me the most is Nikki Haley. She not only has a concealed weapons permit (CWP) but thinks that the South Carolina laws are too restrictive on where you can or can’t carry.

I find Haley’s response to be refreshing.

By the time this is published, voting in the SC Primary will be almost over. Polls have shown that Haley is the clear leader and that the other three are hoping to force her to a runoff. The accusations of infidelity have not hurt Haley but have, in fact, rebounded in the opposite direction. If Haley is forced to a runoff by failing to get 50% (a tough standard – most states now use the 40% rule), I am guessing that it will be either McMaster or Barrett and not Bauer.

Texans Aren’t Stupid

Democrat running for governor could find simply owning a gun isn’t enough for Texas voters 

Bill White, Mayor of Houston, is the Democratic nominee for Governor of Texas. He thought that Texas gun owners might be impressed that he owns a Springfield 9mm and a shotgun. He also thought they might forget that he was aligned with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns until 2009. That was when he sought his first statewide office and was running against a pro-gun Democrat.

White says he quit because the group opposed a federal law that would have allowed conceal-carry permit holders to carry their firearms across state lines.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner questioned White’s reason for leaving the group, saying he only quit after he caught flak from pro-gun Democrat John Sharp when both were running for the U.S. Senate. White’s name had appeared earlier on a letter opposing the expansion of rights for conceal-carry permit holders.

“He’s totally lying,” Miner said. “He is anti-gun and he’ll do anything including lying to try to get elected.”

Unfortunately for Mayor White, he is running against Rick Perry who not only has a concealed carry permit but used his Ruger LCP to kill a coyote that was threatening his daughter’s Labrador Retriever pup.

Perry is rated A+ by the NRA and has been endorsed by the Texas State Rifle Association.

“He (White) went outside of the state of Texas and aligned himself with out-of-state mayors for heaven sakes,” said Alice Tripp, legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association.

I guess that about says it all.