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Bachmann Announces Largest SC Team

Naming a Democratic strategist to supporter list spotlights another misstep in GOP campaign.

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann today announced her South Carolina grassroots team — but not without some excitement.

Led by campaign chairman Lee Bright, campaign director Sheri Few, four paid field staff and senior advisors Ron Thomas and Wesley Donehue, the team of 33 county chairmen join the previously announced 55 tea party leaders and other new grassroots leaders to form Bachmann's so-called "Get Out The Vote" machine.

Rep. Bachmann, , is barely more than an afterthought in the Palmetto State — trailing former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul by double-digitis.

But she has built the largest team in hopes of a late-minute surge, especially among those looking for an alternative to Romney, whose conservative credentials are constantly questioned, and Gingrich, who many consider more of an insider than the outsider they are looking for.

But it didn't go as smoothly as planned, as a Democratic strategist pranked the campaign and was erroneously put on the list.

Bachmann's announced grassroots county chairmen consists of five S.C. Republican Party executive committeemen, former GOP county chairmen, and local GOP officers and executive committee members.

"Grassroots activists across the state are tired of Washington insiders, flip-floppers and fake conservatives," State Sen. Lee Bright said. "Michele Bachmann is the consistent conservative we need as President of the United States and we've built the best political machine in South Carolina to get her to the White House."

Upstate Chairman State Rep. Bill Chumley said, "Our network is ready to catch the momentum Michele will receive from a big showing in Iowa.  Our team is energized, active and enthusiastic. They're not going let some Washington insider win in the nation's most conservative state."

Fifth District Chairman and State Rep. Ralph Norman said, "This race isn't going to be won by who has the most money -- it's going to be won by the most organized team of passionate conservatives who are putting in hours of sweat equity for their candidate. We have the hardest working team in South Carolina and we intend to work hard for a win for Michele Bachmann."

"We are excited to announce South Carolina's most organized and energetic grassroots network," Bachmann said. These are hardworking conservatives who are ready to return our country back to prosperity.  They're working around the clock to ensure that a consistent conservative wins the nation's first-in-the-south presidential primary. I'm honored to have them on our team."

The Bachmann for President South Carolina Grassroots Team includes the following County Chairmen and grassroots leaders:

Abbeville
Vinnie Maxwell – Chairman

Aiken
Susan Swanson – Chairman
Erin Ashley - Grassroots Coordinator
Eric Brown
Marilyn Ericson
Executive Committeewoman Diane Giddings
Spencer Grothier
Jerry & Philomena Guerin
Leslie Hutto
Walter King
Douglas Noel
Debbie Osmundsen

Allendale
Shushanna Koontz – Chairman

Anderson
Henry Jordan – Chairman
Kristine Caufield
Marvin Collier - TEA Coalition
Jonathon Hill - TEA Coalition

Bamberg
Ryan Koontz – Chairman

Barnwell
Clifton Baker – Chairman

Beaufort
Lauren Martel - Co-Chairman
Sharon Nelson - Co-Chairman
Shelia Morgan - TEA Coalition
Tom Morgan - TEA Coalition
Tom Russo - TEA Coalition

Berkeley
Executive Committeeman Joshua Finn – Chairman
Gerald Addison - TEA Coalition
Linda Addison - TEA Coalition
Raye Chapman - TEA Coalition

Charleston
Charles Steinert – Chairman
Daniel Bostic
Jeff Diemier - TEA Coalition
Lynda Fry - TEA Coalition
Robert Fry - TEA Coalition
Maurice Isaac
Jacqueline Mckool
Steve Rapchick - TEA Coalition
Cathy Tyler

Cherokee
Fred Keller - Co-Chairman
John Neel - Co-Chairman
Will Cobb

Chester
Dena Espinoza – Chairman
Don Murphy

Chesterfield
Zachery Michael – Chairman
Joe & Doris Foch

Clarendon
Third District Vice Chairman Marie Dukes – Chairman

Dorchester
Ken Uthe – Chairman
Jerry Wolf

Florence
Nancy Elaime Kelly – Chairman

Greenville
Stephen Brown – Chairman
Dean Allen - TEA Coalition
Greg Ashe
Steve Bomar
Javan Micah Browder - TEA Coalition
Theodore Drinkhahn
Paul Fallavollita
Levi Fox
Shane Franks
Braden Hal
Jim Hargett - TEA Coalition
Samuel Harms
Representative Gloria Haskins
Matt Holmes
Virginia Jelley - TEA Coalition
Austin Jones - TEA Coalition
Bobby Jones
Dawn Lennon
Dorine Lennon
Nate Leupp - Grassroots Coordinator
Charles Lewis
Rick Moesser - TEA Coalition
Scott Napier - TEA Coalition
Gwen Neighbors
Gill Robison
Sean & Toni Sharp

Greenwood
John Sparks – Chairman

Horry
Cris Panos – Chairman
Carlene Carmen
Linda McHugh - Grassroots Coordinator
Leo O'Brien
Cheryl Savage - TEA Coalition
Dennis Stancoven

Kershaw
Executive Committeeman Shelby Price – Chairman
Sally & Jack Burdin
Jim Morris
Christie Thompson
Republican Women's Treasurer Mary Young

Lancaster
Executive Committeeman Donnie Jones – Chairman
Indian Land Republican Club Comm Chairman Steven Coley - Grassroots Coordinator

Lee
Rebecca Shadwell – Chairman
Hank Shadwell - TEA Coalition

Lexington
Preston Baines – Chairman
Joe Mac & Annie Bates
Steve & Lisa Cunningham - Grassroots Coordinator
Pat & Lu Donlon
Ashleigh Milam
Linda Panis
James Rizzuti
Leo Senn - TEA Coalition
Ross Snell - TEA Coalition
Helen Watson - TEA Coalition
Helen Watson

Marion
Lisa Cunningham - TEA Coalition

Marlboro
Peter Robyn – Chairman

Newberry
Arnold Queen – Chairman
Mark Hockman

Oconee
Codi Butts – Chairman

Orangeburg
Harold Blitch – Chairman

Pickens
Kyle Porter – Chairman

Richland
County GOP Secretary Kelly Payne – Chairman
Lee Adams
Steve & Gail Eisenecker
Jim Fry
A.L. & Louise Geddings - TEA Coalition
Matt Gottlieb - Grassroots Coordinator
Jan Horvath
Debra Langley Kennedy - Grassroots Coordinator
Republican Women President Deb Marks
Ray Moore
Jo Ann Narewski
Jim & Geri Sampson
Brandon Sandusky
Bruce Snell
Zan Tyler
Glenn Wilson - TEA Coalition
Justina Wilson - TEA Coalition

Spartanburg
Representative Lee Bright
Representative Bill Chumley
Executive Committeeman Doug Cobb - Co-Chairman
Nicole Cobb - Co-Chairman
Celia Anderson - TEA Coalition
Linda Clark-Reel
Stan Crenshaw - Grassroots Coordinator
Loretta Gilchrist - TEA Coalition
Paul Huber - TEA Coalition
Christina Jeffrey - TEA Coalition
Cibby Krell - TEA Coalition
Grace Lecara
Ramona Ludvik - TEA Coalition
Robert Ludvik - TEA Coalition
Tony Mormando
Harry & Carol Musselman
Beverly Owensby - TEA Coalition
Dorothy Powell
Sara Romney - TEA Coalition
Barron Young

Sumter
Executive Committeeman Ashby Rhame – Chairman
Shirley O'Quinn - Grassroots Coordinator
Nancy Pugh - Grassroots Coordinator

Union
Nora Lewis – Chairman
Robert Bailes - TEA Coalition
Harold & Nora Lewis - TEA Coalition

York
S.C. Representative Ralph Norman
Executive Committeeman Mark Palmer – Chairman
Ron Case - Grassroots Coordinator
JoAnna DiPastena - Grassroots Coordinator
Deidre Mazzoni

Robert Lee Harrington December 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM
"Lenscrafters is upset with Tea Partier Michele Bachmann because she called Planned Parenthood 'the Lenscrafters of abortion.' Lenscrafters released a statement today calling her 'the Costco of crazy.'" Conan O'Brien
Cheryl Apollo December 28, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Costco of crazy is a very strong comparison. I am having trouble seeing her as an eloquent debater and sharp thinker. The GOP is in real trouble.
brook December 28, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Poor girl is a religious nut job. She is also very uninformed.
Seablue2u December 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM
Just shakin' my head, and chuckling at the fact she's built the largest team in a state where she probably needed to do so the least. I'd wager 98% of voters--not Reps mind you, but all voters--in SC follow the same mindset as Bachmann. They just don't have the money she has. They don't seem to realize that, though. They just keep right on voting Republican, even the Dems there, like they really have something in common with the GOP. Still shakin' my head.
stanley seigler December 28, 2011 at 02:48 PM
re: " even the Dems there, like they really have something in common with the GOP. Still shakin' my head." still shakin my head that many members of the 99% think the 1% gives a damn about them...BTW as ya'll know most national politicians are members of the 1%...

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