South Carolina Democrats launch independent group targeting 2012 Republicans
May 3rd, 2011
12:10 PM ET
3 years ago

South Carolina Democrats launch independent group targeting 2012 Republicans

Washington (CNN) – A group of Democratic operatives in the early primary state of South Carolina is launching a new independent group to draw attention to what they call the "crazy" elements of the Republican base that hold significant sway over who the next GOP presidential nominee will be.

"I don't think it's a secret that the activists that control the South Carolina Republican Party are composed of a bunch of birthers, Birchers and bozos," said Lachlan McIntosh, a Charleston-based Democrat who created the group, called "South Carolina Forward Progress" along with fellow consultant Tyler Jones and web developer Brian Barrie.

The group is planning an onslaught of web videos, press conferences and public events to highlight some of the more attention-grabbing behavior of conservative activists in the Palmetto State during presidential primary season.

McIntosh said they have filed paperwork with the South Carolina Secretary of State's office and the IRS to register the group as a tax-exempt 501(c)4 advocacy organization.

Such groups can raise unlimited money are not required to disclose their donors.

"Our goal is to make sure that what happens in South Carolina doesn't stay in South Carolina," McIntosh told CNN. "We want everyone to know how extreme the Republican base is here and how far out of the mainstream these Republican candidates are willing to go to appease them."

Last month, the group produced a YouTube video titled "Crazy," a series of interviews with Donald Trump-adoring birthers who attended a Columbia Tea Party rally headlined by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. The video rapidly circulated around the liberal blogosphere and Twitter.

Joel Sawyer, the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, brushed off the effort.

"If South Carolina Democrats were half as good at actually electing candidates as they are at making silly YouTube videos, we would be shaking in our boots," Sawyer said. "Unfortunately for them, they're not."


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  1. Tim

    "I don't think it's a secret that the activists that control the South Carolina Republican Party are composed of a bunch of birthers, Birchers and bozos," – Priceless!

    May 3, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This 2012 presidential campaign is going to be one for the ages. Each side calling the other "divisive."

    May 3, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. kyle

    You can't move a backward state forward, because they only know one direction, backwards!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "Our goal is to make sure that what happens in South Carolina doesn't stay in South Carolina," McIntosh told CNN.
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    Huh. Say what? "..make sure ...(it)... doesn't stay in South Carolina."
    I would much rather for whatever dirty politics occur in SC stay in SC.

    May 3, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Rsprings

    Progress and progressive are code words for a left wing..maybe even far left wing agenda. Watch your wallet if you are a productive person. If not sit back and sink if the left prevails.

    May 3, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If you are a Republican supporter, ask Republicans why they credit Bush for bin Laden's death but deny Bush's responsibility in the economic crisis. Think about it.

    May 3, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. New Age Independant

    Democrats launching an independent group. ROFL, what moron thought up this one? They just want to trick independents into voting for liberals? When will liberals ever learn that they can't manufacturer a political movement? Really pathetic!

    May 3, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Sirx

    Notice that the director did not once actually deny the allegations against the SC republican party; he only points out that dems aren't good at getting candidates elected. Getting elected simply involves telling the majority of people exactly what they want to hear–there's really no accomplishment into getting elected.

    Show where you've actually done something for the benefit of your constituents, and I'll be impressed.

    May 3, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    South Carolina used to have a strong Democratic Party, but they defected to the Republicans after LBJ passed the Civil Rights legislation in the mid-60s. The great irony of the whole thing is Johnson had almost complete Republican support to pass the legislation to join with the Northeast and Western Liberal Democrats. The Republicans invited the Southern Democrats under the veil of "States Rights" to cause the defections. Rather ironic, considering the origin of the Democratic Party was to favor a strong National government over the individual states.

    May 3, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. jdunc

    Having spent a month in South Carolina this winter I was appalled at the far right rhetoric and action by the Republican leadership of the state. The Governor pledged to be an anti union, pro corporation governor- she said her main goal was to keep unions out of South Carolina! A right to work state- which I interpret as a state that doesn't value labor rights or the work of the middle class or poor in the state. Then, the legislature was trying to cut the medicaid program to shreds which cares for the poor. They wanted to deny the prescription of any new drugs for poor HIV patients- basically a death sentence. They are doing the Paul Ryan dance, balance the budget on the backs of the poor, elderly and working class. Meanwhile the rich are let off of any responsibility. As a tourist to Myrtle Beach I paid an 8% sales tax and a 1% extra tax for the Myrtle Beach chamber of Commerce. My total tax for staying there was 14%! I will think twice before staying in that state again for vacation. Thank goodness for my computer so I could keep up with the news as the local papers there were so far right as to be nauseating. You might have nice weather, but you don't have a friendly government!

    May 3, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Republican Robber Baron

    DeMint and the Neo-Confederates are a disgrace and nothing but puppets for their Big $ Lobbyist masters. The best thing SC can do is dump the radical fundamentalists that are trying to bring back the glory days of Dixie – and don't even want to be part of the Union.

    May 3, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    A group of Democratic operatives in the early primary state of South Carolina is launching a new independent group
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    An "independent group" of radical progressive socialists and communists? How nice. Sorry, but the people of South Carolina won't be fooled. They have no intention of "progressing" towards THAT!

    May 3, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    Birthers, Birchers and Bozos! That doesnt even begin to cover it! For a while SC had the unopposed title of 'Dumbest State in the Union'. Then Arizona came along and gave them a run for their money, but they just didnt have the staying power that the SC right-wing-republican-rednecks have. I hear runmblings from Minnesota lately, but SC is here to stay: DUMBEST STATE IN THE UNION. period.

    May 3, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    But pointing out the idiocy of the GOP's positions (when they get out inthe fringes) is a great strategy. Give them enough rope to hang themselves, and then let the truth do it's thing. Just like the President releasing the birth cert last week. He waited just long enough for all the short-sighted GOP bandwagoneers to come out of the woodwork, and make their ignorance plain, then let the hammer down and watch them squirm

    Priceless!.

    May 3, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Jeff Campbell

    Birther, bagger, BIGOT!

    May 3, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    Rsprings
    Progress and progressive are code words for a left wing..aybe even far left wing agenda. Watch your wallet if you are a productive person. If not sit back and sink if the left prevails.
    -------------------------–

    and "values" and "true american" are right wing code words for adulterous, lying, homophobic, and overall completely hypocritical politicians that think they're above everyone else. Watch your lawn. A cross may be burned on it, or if you dare to be gay or speak openly about anything non-Christian (THEIR interpretation), you're destined for abuse, denigration and misrepresentation in terms of law

    May 3, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    I heard that Bush and Cheney paid Pakistan for 6 years to hide Bin Laden so they could control Americans using fear. It makes sense to me – look at all the Press conferences, the campaigns of the republicans in those years.

    Thank GOD President Obama would NOT go along with those political games. It was harder for our intelligence people to find him, but it GOT DONE.

    May 3, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. david

    Good for Dems. South Carolina is still living the Civil War though? Republicans have brought that states economy and equal opportunity "To it,s Knees" for the past 50 years! Time to come out of the hole,S.C.

    May 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Old Artillery Man

    McIntosh is being kind when he says “a bunch of birthers, Birchers, and bozos.” As one who is a Sandlapper (A term for a South Carolina citizen), I have never been able to figure out why common, ordinary people, here in SC, consistently go to polls and vote for republicans who policies hurt them and not help.

    May 3, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Nothing new here

    What I want to see is progress without all the hate-speech and non-stop rhetoric.

    May 3, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |