Fighting For The People
Elissa Jarvis, Lead Reporter Monday, June 25, 2012
Tomorrow’s Republican Primary run-off for the SC 7th congressional seat is looking to be a close match. We’ve already given you some information about Horry County’s own Tom Rice and now it’s time to look at his opponent, former Lt. Governor André Bauer.
Bauer was born in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated from Irmo High School before going on to attend the University of South Carolina. He was self-employed selling sports merchandise to stores before being elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. Bauer’s determination for protecting the taxpayers, particularly senior citizens, got him reelected in 1998, with the largest vote total in the state. In 1999, Bauer moved on to the S.C. Senate where he won a landslide victory over a very popular Democrat in a special election. In 2003, Bauer was sworn in as South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor during the middle of a budget shortfall in the office. To help balance the Lt. Governor’s budget Bauer brought in unpaid volunteers and he gave up his own salary for two and a half months.
As Lt. Governor, Bauer was also the Presiding Officer of the Senate; “Bauer’s carefully-researched rulings blocked more than $2 billion dollars in new taxes, staying true to his conservative values while looking out for the best interests of all South Carolinians. For two years in a row, André Bauer cast the deciding vote in the Senate to break a tie in favor of lower property taxes, and kept property tax reform alive, drastically lowering property taxes for South Carolina homeowners."**
Bauer has said he is in favor of building I-73 saying that the state should “privatize rest areas to help build better roads” and that we should be “building roads in other countries” when there are roads to be built here in the United States. Bauer has pledged to create jobs saying that “we have to reduce taxes and encourage business to spend money and hire new people.” He has also come out against federal earmarks and pledged not to raise taxes. Bauer has also gotten the support of former Arkansas Governor and one-time Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee states in a television ad that Bauer is “just the kind of true conservative leader we need in Washington."
The primary run-off is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th and polling places will open at 7 a.m.
** Quote from http://www.andrebauer.com/