Tom and Tom have the support of Tim.
That was an announcement made Wednesday as local business leader Tim Tilley endorsed Republican Tom Rice, running for South Carolina's 7th Congressional District and Tom Winslow, the Republican candidate for S.C. House Seat 103.
The announcement was made at the gate of the Georgetown Port, which has been a big political topic as dredging funds continue to be sought.
Tilley — owner of EnviroSep and chairman of the Georgetown County Economic Development Alliance and the Alliance's Port Dredging Task Force — said he is supporting Rice because he feels he will work to correct the “overburdensome” federal regulations that stagnate industries.
"Tom supports business and will make sure that dredging of the Georgetown Port is a top priority,” Tilley said. “Tom has vowed to have an economic development specialist on his staff, and he is dedicated to improving our economy.”
He said he is endorsing Winslow because Georgetown County “has one of the weakest” representatives in the state.
Tilley said Winslow is needed in the Statehouse to help bring manufacturing and other industry to the area.
Rice, noting that every county in the 7th District has an unemployment rate higher than the state average, said we “cannot continue to send jobs overseas.” He said he will look hard at the federal regulation and tax structures and push to make needed adjustments to help keep and attract businesses.
Rice said he will work to show how the dredging of the port will be a benefit to the state because funding for such projects is merit-based.
In a ‘show me the money’ moment, Winslow zeroed in on comments made recently by his opponent, Democrat incumbent Carl Anderson.
At the recent Boil and Stump on the lawn of the Kaminski House, Anderson said the port dredging will begin within the next 18 months.
Winslow says Anderson’s claims he helped secure $18 million for the project is untrue.
“I encourage him to show us any bill he signed off on that backs up that statement,” Winslow said.
Anderson said Thursday there is no particular bill that has been written about the dredging.
“We rally for stuff to be put in the budget,” Anderson said, adding $18 million has been allocated in the budget for the dredging but more money is needed. “We are already halfway there.”
Anderson is a member of the Port Dredging Task Force Tilley chairs which, Anderson said, makes it surprising Tilley would endorse his opponent.
“At the Boil and Stump (Winslow) said he is not a Republican or Democrat. What does that leave? Tea party?”
On Wednesday Winslow said he would also like to see Anderson tell anything he has done to help bring jobs to the area.
Anderson said he helped secure the American Gypsum plant and went to Chicago to help rally the reopening of the local steel mill after it closed several years ago.
By Scott Harper
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