Gresham Barrett hoping for more Nikki Haley scandal?
Gresham Barrett, the South Carolina Republican who came in a very distant second to State Rep. Nikki Haley in the state’s gubernatorial primary, has made it clear that he will fully contest the run-off race that will be held in a fortnight.
“We’ve got two weeks to work hard. We’re going to finish strong and we’re going to make history in South Carolina,” he was quoted as saying by John O’Connor of The State, the Palmetto State’s paper of record.
Barrett’s statement doesn’t sound like someone who thinks he is going to be the next Governor of South Carolina, let alone the Republican candidate.
What it does sound like is that Barrett’s hoping the scandal Haley has faced – that she had affairs with two different state GOP politicos – will escalate and drag her down, making a liar of her. And that will create the opportunity for him to move into the breach.
Sounds like a cynical ploy, but what else have we come to expect from the Palmetto Bug State?
Update: Leading conservatives like Bill Kristol (on a Fox News segment) and Erick Erickson have made it known that Barrett is being pressured to drop out of the race. Barrett’s advisers deny that he will do so. If he stays in, I think it can only be a sign that there is backchatter in South Carolina that there is more trouble to come from those who have been trying to spoil Nikki Haley with unproven scandal.