CP Candidate wins 39% in South Carolina

Constitution Party candidate Butch Taylor won 39% of the vote in a 2-way race for a Greenville County Council seat in South Carolina. He was defeated by another staunch conservative who was running on the Republican ballot line.

From Greenville Online...

Bob Jones University administrator Sid Cates won Tuesday’s special election for the Taylors-area Greenville County Council seat formerly held by Scott Case, keeping intact an eight-Republican majority and traditional conservative representation for District 20.

Cates, principal of Bob Jones Academy and education director for the university’s distance learning program, coasted with 826 votes, or 61 percent, to Constitution Party candidate Robert “Butch” Taylor’s 514 votes, according to the county election commission.

Cates thanked the Lord on Tuesday night and called Taylor, also a staunch conservative, a “fine man.”

The council seat was vacated when Case, who was elected county auditor last fall, was appointed to begin the term early because of the death of the previous auditor, Ed Haskins.

Immediately facing Cates on council is a debate over remaking local transit 󠡮 issue that has caught his interest 󠡮d the ongoing debate over how far the county should go to ensure that future development doesn’t cause more problems for local property owners.

30 Responses to “CP Candidate wins 39% in South Carolina”

  1. globalist_elitist Says:

    Bob Jones University… The school that had a ban on interracial dating until a few years ago.

    No, the CP doesn’t have its racist elements, does it?

  2. Andy Says:

    “globalist_elitist Says:

    May 9th, 2007 at 1:48 am
    Bob Jones University… The school that had a ban on interracial dating until a few years ago.

    No, the CP doesn’t have its racist elements, does it?”

    Sid Cates is the one who worked at Bob Jones University, and he is also the REPUBLICAN.

  3. SovereignMN Says:

    Read the article, GE.

  4. Ghoststrider Says:

    If I may ask, what’s the difference between a conservative Republican and a Constitution Party candidate?

    Oh, that’s right.


  5. Richard Winger Says:

    I suspect the difference between a Republican and a Constitution Party candidate is that the Republican supports the President’s foreign policy and the Constitution Party member doesn’t.

  6. SovereignMN Says:

    Ghostrider…Are you attempting to imply that the CP is racist because a conservative REPUBLICAN county councilman is employed by a University that at one time held racist views? Talk about a leap. If that’s what you’re implying then you should take one.

  7. Anthony Distler Says:

    No, Sovereign, I think Ghostrider was implying that there is no difference between a conservative Republican and a Constitution Party member.

  8. globalist_elitist Says:

    My bad. :(

  9. Cody Quirk Says:

    If I may ask, what’s the difference between a conservative Republican and a Constitution Party candidate?

    =When it comes to principle, one follows, the other runs astray.

  10. Trent Hill Says:


    Its ohk. President Sherman is offering Pardons to all of us who mistakenly say something retarded.

    As for the difference between the CP and a conservative Republican.
    Foreign policy for one.
    Trade Policy for two.
    Wage and Price controls for three.

    Should I go on?

  11. globalist_elitist Says:

    I half-way thought that “President Sherman” was part of some right-wing conspiracy fantasy.

  12. R. Josiah Magnuson Says:

    Hi! I actually worked on the Taylor campaign here.

    The big difference we felt between Cates and our hero is that Cates has never demonstrated an interest in representing the people or advocating ideas important to us. Cates is a guy who moved to SC and decided to get elected just because he works for Bob Jones. We do not resent him or BJU, since most of us are Bob Jones people to begin with. We just believe that Butch would have been a much better choice.

    Butch is the current President of the Greenville County Taxpayers’ Association. He has attended more than 275 County Council meetings - more than almost all of the existing Council members - and has spoken at most of these meetings. He led a successful effort in 2001 to defeat a $9 million property tax increase. He has also fought in numerous other causes over the past 20 years for limited government and fiscal conservatism.

    His “big three” issues in this campaign were:

    1. Giving us (Greenville County citizens) the right to vote on all proposed county tax and fee increases.
    2. Enacting local dis-incentives for illegal immigration.
    3. Bringing more controls on the spendthrift school board.

    In going door to door, we met with overwhelming support. However, only a few of the people who liked Butch actually got out and voted for him.

    It should be noted that we are certainly NOT crestfalllen over the election results. We (SC Constitution Party) received the highest percentage ever in this election! More than anything, this election finally provided some needed momentum and energy to our efforts. It also produced a network of people who will Lord-willing be able to make an impact here for traditional values and constitutional principles.

    If you wish for more information, and a detailed description of the election results, you may visit this address: http://worldviewsrevolution.blogspot.com/

    Thanks a lot!

  13. Cody Quirk Says:


  14. Griff Says:

    While I don’t agree with Butch on everything, I think a lot of him. He is certainly no fool and he is completely incorruptible. I wish he had won.

    Regarding the nonsense about the Constitution Party and the Republican Party, there are tons of differences.

    I’m more of a Democrat, and I find myself often agreeing with the Constitution Party. At least they know what they believe and why they believe it.

  15. Trent Hill Says:


    Alot of conservative democrats agree with the CP on just about every issue, since Tarriffs are originally a conservative democrat idea.

  16. Ghoststrider Says:

    I’m just saying that I don’t see much difference between the two, especially since the Republican party sold itself out to the Religious Right and the CP is more or less a hardcore Religious Right party.

  17. globalist_elitist Says:

    Ghostrider: The difference is clear when you look at foreign policy. This is the only area where the CP is right. GOOD Republicans (although they are few and far between) have good, pro-growth fiscal policy. That’s the other difference.

    My ideal candidate would have Ron Paul’s foreign policy and civil liberties stances, Larry Kudlow’s economic/trade/immigration platform, and a liberal Democrat’s support for reproductive rights and civil unions.

  18. Trent Hill Says:

    The Republican party sold itself out to the religious right?

    Two of the top three nominees are pro-choice (yes, Romney too). The other one shuns the Christian Right.
    Doesn’t seem to me like the Republican party is courting the Christian Right. Oh,and the Christian Right arent the only people that the CP appeals to. It appeals to alot of non-theist libertarians who are pro-life or anti-illegal alien.

  19. timothy west Says:

    Doesn’t seem to me like the Republican party is courting the Christian Right.

    They dont have to. They have pwned the RP since Reagan left office. The only reason
    there are some cracks is becuase Bush, bless his heart, is splitting the RP coalition with the war.

  20. Trent Hill Says:

    Not just the War…
    Bush is a big-government moderate.
    No Child Left Behind
    MASSIVE discretionary spending increases (totally 38% increases in his first term alone)

  21. John Chance Says:

    “Ghoststrider Says:

    May 9th, 2007 at 11:02 am
    If I may ask, what’s the difference between a conservative Republican and a Constitution Party candidate?

    Oh, that’s right.


    The Cp candidate does not work at a religious bigot university

  22. Guy Montag Says:


    “Conservatism’s history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution, to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.

    American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward to perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It tends to risk nothing serious for the sake of truth.”

  23. Guy Montag Says:

    From R.L. Dabney, that is

  24. Trent Hill Says:

    Guy Montag,

    If you are suggesting that we should always yeild to “progressivism”, we would now be communists. Consider that next time you’re about to post some psuedo-intellectual crap.

  25. Cody Quirk Says:

    “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

  26. Guy Montag Says:

    Thanks, appreciate support

  27. Guy Montag Says:


  28. Gary Odom Says:

    Mr. Montag,

    Why the hell are you trying to be so obtuse? Why don’t you just say what you mean (I think): that conservatives tend to bend with the wind over time and eventually almost always end up “pointing to with pride that which they formerly viewed with alarm.” Sometimes too much blarney is just that!

    And all of you, and some of you are friend of mine, haven’t you ever noticed that the conversations on this site and most websites and blogs run from the inane to the insane and that you could probably all could find far more productive things to do with your time than “chat” online? I know, I know: It’s your life and your business. Suit yourselves. I’m surely gonna catch hell for this one!

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