Senate vote to Elect the President Pro-Temp

Before his election to the post of Senate President pro-tempore, Senator Hugh Leatherman sent his fellow Senators a written declaration that if elected to that post he would not accept the constitutional responsibility to serve as Lt. Governor under any conditions.

Before his election to the post of Senate President pro-tempore, Senator Hugh Leatherman sent his fellow Senators a written declaration that if elected to that post he would not accept the constitutional responsibility to serve as Lt. Governor under any conditions.  Yet, 37 senators shamefully refused to oppose him anyway.

When Nikki Haley is confirmed by the US Senate as Secretary to the United Nations, Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster will become Governor leaving the Lt. Gov. position vacant.  Despite the current questions regarding the General Assembly’s faulty immediate implementation of the 2014 ballot initiative that changes to the line of succession to allow the Governor to appoint the Lt. Governor when that position is vacated, the language of the initiative itself clearly stated that the changes don’t take effect until 2018.  Assuming this gets corrected by the SC Supreme Court, Leatherman would then be required to assume the role of Lt. Governor moving him out of a position where he does harm to South Carolina as the most powerful politician in the state, to one where he could do virtually no harm as the least powerful politician in the state.

Leatherman clearly indicated he doesn’t care how the ballot initiative debacle is settled, he will refuse to fulfill his responsibility to be Lt. Governor should he be required to do so. Senators who voted for a man who wants the power that comes with being President pro-tempore, but refuses the responsibility that goes with it, should be ashamed AND held accountable by their constituents.  Not only that, it shows their own disregard for the rule of law and the constitutional foundation of our state.  If your Senator refused to vote against Hugh Leatherman, please contact him or her and demand and explanation!

Following are Senators who refused to vote against Leatherman.  (Note: Senator Katrina Shealy was too weak to vote for or against Leatherman and simply vote “Present”.)

Thomas Alexander [email protected] 864.638.2153
Karl Allen [email protected] 864.235.9049
Kevin Bryant [email protected] 864-202-8394
Paul Campbell [email protected] 843.296.1001
Tom Corbin [email protected] 864.834.9915
John Courson [email protected] 803.256.7853
Ronnie Cromer [email protected] 803-924-0099
Michael Fanning [email protected] 803.984.2933
Michael Gambrell [email protected] 864.844.3614
Stephen Goldfinch [email protected] 843.385.4302
Greg Gregory [email protected] 803-804-1830
Brad Hutto [email protected] 803.516.1814
Darrell Jackson [email protected] 803.776.6954
Kevin Johnson [email protected] 803.410.1253
Marlon Kimpson [email protected] 843.834.6651
Hugh Leatherman [email protected] 843.667.1152
Gerald Malloy [email protected] 843.307.7400
Shane Martin [email protected] 864-804-8499
John Matthews [email protected] 803.682.1935
Margie Matthews [email protected] 843.217.9007
Mia McLeod [email protected] 803.708.1424
Thomas McElveen [email protected] 803.491.6154
Floyd Nicholson [email protected] 864.992.1878
Harvey Peeler [email protected] 864.303.3409
Luke Rankin [email protected] 843.626.6269
Glenn Reese [email protected] 864.415.6804
Ronnie Sabb [email protected] 843.372.2249
John Scott [email protected] 803.528.5943
Sandy Senn [email protected] 843.532.4042
Nikki Setzler [email protected] 803.796.7573
Katrina Shealy [email protected] 803-530-8787
Vincent Sheheen [email protected] 803.432.4391
Scott Talley [email protected] 864.590.7151
Ross Turner [email protected] 864.915.5081
Danny Verdin [email protected] 864.682.3294
Kent Williams [email protected] 843.430.5983
Tom Young [email protected] 803.215.3631

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.