Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Florence Mayoral Candidates Debate Tonight

Florence Democratic mayoral nominee Stephen Wukela will debate petition candidate Rocky Pearce tonight on WPDE, Channel 15 (ABC) from 7:20-8:00 pm.

For those unfamiliar with the race, Wukela won the June 10th primary by one vote over incumbent Frank Willis. Willis then proceeded on a two-month odyssey in challenging the results. The results were upheld by the State Democratic Party, the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and finally the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina.
Before the Circuit Court had even ruled, the powers that be in Florence had dusted the mothballs off of Rocky and talked him into running.

Since that time, Florence has been inundated with Rocky material. He's spending money like a drunk sailor. I've received at least 3 mail-outs. He's got his signs all over the Cherokee/Country Club area. Rocky commercials are running pretty regularly on cable and he's got several billboards around town. So clearly, the old-money interests in Florence are seriously worried about a Wukela victory.

Now, I have a clear bias, so I'll spare you why I think Wukela is the better choice. But check out the debate. There are many who believe Willis made a mistake in debating Wukela and Wukela made him pay for it. If you watched the Ketner-Brown debate, you know Heath did a pretty good job and the format allowed him to press a little.

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