RGA Launches Vile Attack on SC Gov. Candidate


The Republican Governors Association has released an absolutely disgusting ad attacking Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic nominee running against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, for the horrible crime of being a defense lawyer. That means he “protects criminals, not South Carolina.”

Just repulsive. Seriously, every person accused of a crime has the right to an attorney. It’s in that pesky constitution thingy that the Republicans always claim to revere so much but spend so much energy trying to undermine. Is it reasonable to make anyone who takes on that constitutionally-mandated role ineligible for public office in this manner? They should be ashamed of themselves and Gov. Haley should disavow the ad and ask the RGA to withdraw it. But they aren’t ashamed and she won’t do that.

Comments

  1. Sideshow Bill says

    Fits right in with the authoritarian streak, just like, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide.” argument about surveillance.

  2. eric says

    I’ve never had anything to do with campaign strategy, but were I Sheheen, I’d be very strongly tempted to respond with a “yes I am” attitude and commercial. Own being a defense attorney. Say you’re proud of what you do, say why its important, and say how someone with that background would make a good defender of the public in South Carolina.

  3. John Pieret says

    That means he “protects criminals, not South Carolina.”

    And the wingnuts protect Cliven Bundy, who a criminal … a thief of money belonging to all of us taxpayers. I’ll take a defense attorney any day over a gun-toting mob of anarchists.

  4. colnago80 says

    There’s an old saw that says that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged and a liberal is a conservative who has been indited. Those who blithely attack criminal defense lawyers suddenly change their tune when they face criminal charges. Funny that.

  5. cry4turtles says

    Sooo…being a defense attorney disqualifies one from government positions? As far as DC is concerned, there goes the neighborhood!

  6. comfychair says

    I think it’s a pretty safe bet that the unspoken message here from the RGA is that we spend far too much money on trials for people who are clearly, obviously guilty (because just look at them, knowwhatimean?).

  7. abb3w says

    I wonder if an ad could be crafted on the safe side of the libel line suggesting that Haley and the RGA would doubtless like a good defense lawyer like Sheheen to protect their rights if-and-when they are accused of violating election law, rather than being summarily executed immediately after being accused.

  8. elpayaso says

    disgusting! next thing you know, this sociopath will be speaking up for prostitutes and tax collectors…..

  9. eric says

    My prediction: Haley will win.

    Given that approximately 90% of all incumbents win relection*, that’s a safe bet regardless of how well or badly this advertisement works.

    *When they contest a reelection. The raw numbers are a bit lower because not all incumbents run again.

  10. M can help you with that. says

    Set Kouwenhoven @ 6 —

    Not all of us anarchists are bad. In fact, if you do some research, you’ll find that anarchists have traditionally tended very much to the left.

    And, as the “gun-toting” folks referred to at John Pieret @3 were basically demanding rule by right-wing white male assholes, they’re kinda the opposite of anarchists.

  11. cjcolucci says

    How often does anyone with a meaningful career in criminal defense win elective office? Outside of former prosecutors keeping body and soul together before running for DA, I can’t think of many.

  12. says

    I really don’t get this. There’s only one recent poll for the race, and it’s by Rasmussen, but it shows Haley up by 15 points. This is pretty much what you’d expect in SC. Stooping this low is normally a desperation move late in the race, not something you do seven months out with a comfortable lead. Perhaps they simply enjoy being assholes regardless of the consequences.

  13. savagemutt says

    I really don’t get this. There’s only one recent poll for the race, and it’s by Rasmussen, but it shows Haley up by 15 points. This is pretty much what you’d expect in SC. Stooping this low is normally a desperation move late in the race, not something you do seven months out with a comfortable lead. Perhaps they simply enjoy being assholes regardless of the consequences.

    Perhaps it’s just an experiment and they specifically chose this race since the Republican has such a comfortable lead. If there’s a negative reaction, then Haley could quickly disassociate herself from it without any long-term damage. And if there’s a positive reaction, they can try the ad in some tighter races.

  14. roythesnake says

    I live in SC and raged at this ad the other day. I kept thinking about John Adams defending the soldiers accused of the Boston Massacre. From the very beginning of our country, we have established (if not really respected) the right to counsel. While defense attorneys may leave a bad taste in our mouths; they are necessary for the protection of the wrongly accused. Just the existence of the Innocence Project bears that out.

  15. John Pieret says

    M can help you with that @ 13:

    they’re kinda the opposite of anarchists

    Yeah, that might not have been the right term for them. I should have gone with my first choice: “assholes.”

  16. had3 says

    I have two standard replies when people ask me how I can live with myself as a defense attorney: 1) curled around a big wad of money, or 2) the same way a doctor treats std’s without making a moral judgment. It depends upon the audience. There’s also the real reason: there is no greater threat than a government with limitless resources when it’s determined to convict an innocent person.

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