The Daily Journal: Sandifer, Rumsey continue war of words
The South Carolina Associations of Taxpayers, this week, designated Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Seneca, a “taxpayers’ hero” for what it called his leadership in cutting taxes and holding the line on spending. However, Sandifer’s opponent in Tuesday’s GOP balloting for state representative, Ed Rumsey, accused the incumbent of favoring “tax swaps” rather than tax cuts.

“In just the last two years alone, Bill Sandifer has been a leader in historic tax cuts on income, food and property taxes,” Sandifer quoted a SC Association of Taxpayers representative as saying. “With Bill’s leadership, the legislature has cut more than $1.3 billion in taxes at a time when many legislatures across the country were raising taxes.

The Association said it is traveling throughout South Carolina on a “Taxpayer’s Heroes” tour, recognizing the states’ elected officials and candidates who pledge to their constituents that they will vote against any effort to increase taxes.

For his part, Rumsey accused Sandifer Wednesday of “driving rumors and making personal attacks” that claim Rumsey is anti-religion, suggesting those comments were an attempt “to mask Mr. Sandifer’s liberal voting record.”

“I guess if I were really a Democrat trying to disguise myself as a Republican in one of the most conservative districts in this state and had to sell tax swaps as tax cuts, I would do whatever it took to distract voters from the real issues to conceal my rhino voting record, too,” said Rumsey.

“I really wish Mr. Sandifer would talk to voters about the issues and stop spending so much time and money diverting people from his actual voting record,” he said.

Sandifer and Rumsey have waged a heated campaign that has been headlined by Rumsey’s endorsement by Gov. Mark Sanford and by Sandifer’s endorsements by U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

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