Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Michele Bachmann has a posse ... in the Upstate

Campaign picks up exactly one Lowcountry supporter

Posted by Paul Bowers on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

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  • During a stump speech in August at Patriots Point, Bachmann said the Tea Party represented "virtually 90 percent of America." Apparently a lot of them live in Spartanburg.

As Newt Gingrich made his way to Charleston on Monday, his opponent Michele Bachmann announced two new campaign co-chairs and 35 "coalition members" in the state. Of the 37 supporters, only one was from the Lowcountry, and none were from the Grand Strand.

If the list of supporters is any indication, the Minnesota congresswoman has gotten a lot of love in the Upstate and Midlands. Roughly half of the campaign supporters are listed as living in each of the two regions, but none hail from the second- through fourth-most populous cities in the state: Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant. The lone Lowcountry supporter is Lauren Martel, an attorney on Hilton Head Island.

In a press release issued by the campaign, the two new co-chairs praised Bachmann while criticizing Gingrich, who led the GOP pack in recent 2012 presidential election polls.

"Michele Bachmann is the only candidate who has been both conservative and consistent," said Javan Browder, a Tea Party organizer from Greenville. "Unlike Newt Gingrich and some of the other candidates, Congresswoman Bachmann hasn’t played the Washington-insider games to pad her own pocket."

The release was sent out hours before Gingrich made an appearance in Charleston at the Sottile Theatre. As the first Southern state to host presidential primaries each election cycle, South Carolina has become an important campaign stop for all of the Republican presidential hopefuls.

Here is the list of the new South Carolina supporters:

• Javan Browder - Greenville (co-chair)
• Kelly Payne - Richland (co-chair)
• Paul Scordo - Midlands
• Leo Senn - Lexington
• Hank Shadwell - Camden
• Ross Snell - West Columbia
• Glen Wilson - Richland
• Justina Wilson- Richland
• Helen Watson- Lexington
• Eugene Morelli - Midlands
• Pat Donlon - Richland
• Lu Donlon - Richland
• Steve Eisenecker - Richland
• Gail Eisenecker - Richland
• A.L. Geddings - Richland
• Louise Geddings - Richland
• Jerry Guerin - Aiken
• Philomena Guerin - Aiken
• Don Roy - Midlands
• Cibby Krell -Spartanburg
• Rober Ludvik -Spartanburg
• Ramona Ludvik - Spartanburg
• Dr. Christina Jeffrey - Spartanburg
• Celia Anderson- Spartanburg
• Beverly Owensby -Spartanburg
• Sara Romney - Spartanburg
• Loretta Gilchrist -Spartanburg
• Charles Lewis- Greenville
• Harold Lewis - Union
• Nora Lewis- Union
• Robert Bailes - Union
• Donnie Jones - Lancaster
• Lisa Hall-Cunningham - Lexington
• Marvin Collier - Anderson
• Nathan M. Leupp - Greenville
• Lauren Martel - Hilton Head Island
• Stan Crenshaw — Spartanburg

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