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GOP credentials of one county commission candidate questionable (part 2)

June 21, 2014 | 11:05 AM

As stated in part 1, the political loyalty of a voter to a party is shown in the public records of the Board of Elections by two things, how often he votes in his party primary and his political contributions. Since often a spouse is who actually writes a check, spouse contributions also matter.

The third candidate is Frankie Waters, who first registered in the county in 1982. Up through and including the 2012 election, Waters always voted in the Democratic primaries and runoffs, and was a very consistent Democrat primary voter. Sometime between the 2012 election and 2014, he switched to Republican and first voted in the GOP primary in 2014.

Waters has made two partisan political contributions, to Democrat candidate for Governor Mike Easley in 2000, and this year to Republican Bill Cook. His wife made a political contribution this year to Democrat legislator Paul Tine.

Waters history reflects that he was an active Democrat until very recently. Is he really a Republican now?


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    county commission race
    June 25, 2014 | 07:34 PM

    Kieth is the only clear choice although the black lady sounds ok.
    The rest all suck as far as I am concermned.

    tombo
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    County Commission Race: Good, Bad & Ugly
    June 27, 2014 | 10:40 PM

    I think you're right Tombo. I do have some questions about Waters, but I think he is a bright guy. I've got them ranked in this order:

    1) Keith Kidwell
    2) Antromeed Johnson
    3) Frankie Waters

    The next three I wouldn't vote for under any circumstances:

    Ron Buzzeo; Ed Booth; Robert Cayton

    That's my thoughts on it.

    Lynyrd
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    What is a Republican?
    June 26, 2014 | 06:51 AM

    Frankie Waters will do just fine as a county commissioner.

    He cannot possibly be a worse commissioner or a more reliable flunky for Beaufort County's crony class than Al Klemm.

    Warren Smith
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    But He Might Get Close
    June 26, 2014 | 10:55 PM

    Would the real Frankie Waters please stand up. He is not for jails and he is not for hospitals. He got it half right.



    Just Wondering
    That contribution to liberal Democrat Paul TIne is a concern
    June 27, 2014 | 08:32 AM

    That contribution by Frankie Waters' wife to liberal Democrat Paul Tine after Waters became a GOP candidate is a cause for concern.

    Raphael
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    Paul Tine is no conservative
    June 27, 2014 | 09:33 AM

    Whoa. Wait a minute. Paul Tine got an F rating by Civitas in conservative friendly votes. On top of that he is a big supporter of Common Core. A conservative check would go to Mattie Lawson, not Tine.

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