The morning after a crowded slate of primary runoffs for the GOP, Chairwoman Karen Floyd hosted a “Unity Breakfast” to rally her party around their November ticket.
Most candidates, both winners and losers, showed up. Two high-profile candidates who did not were Lt. Governor Andre Bauer and defeated incumbent Congressman Bob Inglis.
There were ovations all around, including one for Gov. Mark Sanford, who did not speak at the meeting and stayed at the edge of the group. Just a year ago, some of these same party leaders were calling for him to resign in the wake of an infidelity scandal. In an interview, he told SCRN that what is being called the “reform ticket” is “a continuum based on a whole bunch of different folks at the candidate and grassroots level pushing for changes that will accrue to the benefit of the state.”
The star of the day was gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley- with the support offered by last night’s opponent Gresham Barrett. She praised Barrett and McMaster as candidates and then addressed “the direction in which South Carolina is moving.”
GOP Chair Floyd, a marketing specialist, unveiled the state party’s campaign gimmick the “spendometer” to track government spending , as they target gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen and senior Congressman John Spratt.
As for candidates who were not there to celebrate unity, Floyd, who lost the race for Superintendent of Education in the last General Election, says she understands how it feels: