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Pettigrew Responds to Letter from Kevin Beck

web posted June 10, 2016

Dear Editor

I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the letter submitted by attorney Kevin Beck in support of incumbent Shane Massey.

Interestingly, Mr. Beck did not identify himself as the announced Libertarian candidate opposing Sonny Reel, our Edgefield County Clerk of Court. I recall that in 2014, Mr. Beck also ran against Probate Judge Bobby Peeler. Did Mr. Massey support Beck against Judge Peeler and does he support him now against Sonny Reel?

As to Mr. Beck's praise of Shane Massey's speech in June of 2014, many observers see the speech as a case of "all show and no go". Don't you think if Mr. Massey were serious about stopping the election of Senator Leatherman, he would have nominated someone else or offered to run himself? He did neither.

Additionally, if he was really concerned about the concentration of power in the Senate, Massey could have done more than make a speech - he could have proposed a change to the Senate rules. Mr. Massey has served on the Senate Rules Committee for years, yet he has not proposed any legislation to change the rules regarding the power concentration in the Senate. Where is the real action to solve this problem?

On June 14th, I urge you to vote for change in the Senate. I will back up my words with common sense proposals to move our state forward.

Thank you.

John W. Pettigrew, Jr.
Candidate for SC Senate 
Edgefield, SC

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