By Paul Gable
Case Brittain is the new Republican nominee for the SC House District 107 seat in the upcoming November general election.
Brittain cruised to an easy victory over former Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark McBride by a 70% – 30% margin.
To call the voter turnout light is to be generous. Brittain garnered less votes in winning than he accumulated on June 9th in a losing effort to then incumbent Alan Clemmons.
The total vote cast in this special primary was approximately one-half the number of voters in the regular primary.
Approximately 5.25% of the registered voters in the district cast votes for Brittain making him the nominee.
The Brittain victory completes a successful primary season for the Myrtle Beach cabal. Every one of their incumbents, Dennis DiSabato, Cam Crawford and Gary Loftus on county council, Heather Crawford and Clemmons, now Brittain, in the House and Luke Rankin in the Senate, won renomination. Brittain became the cabal’s choice after Clemmons resigned his seat in the House.
The coronavirus outbreak made things easier by holding down voting somewhat. When the average voters fail to turn out, the cabal’s core of voters can determine elections.
The normal tricks were pulled out to help Brittain win, Walter Whetsell and his Starboard Communications as consultant, bogus third party PAC to smear McBride and endorsements by other Whetsell clients to make it look like Brittain was earning the endorsements of local elected officials.
What this means is the cabal can set many of the political agendas for the next two years.
Development will continue to run rampant in the county, seriously outstripping the public safety and infrastructure resources needed to support new sub-divisions, all in the name of profit.
If flooding is a problem for you, don’t expect any help on that front, wetlands will continue to be invaded with houses, all in the name of profit.
Myrtle Beach will continue in its decline while giving the Chamber of Commerce tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to play with.
But the fault for all of this lies directly with all of the voters who did not turn out to vote in the primaries. As long as 15% or less of registered voters turn out, the cabal will continue to dominate elections for its chosen candidates.