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John West, is this appropriate?

July 12, 2007

One of our readers sent us this email piece and thought it was in very poor taste to use a church and a minister like this?

I don’t know if it is or not? The questions is does John West attend this church and is this his pastor? Although I will give you this is tacky but I am not sure if it crosses the line? What do you all think?


9 Comments leave one →
  1. vic nettles permalink
    July 12, 2007 12:31 PM

    Man pon left is the minister of The First Baptist Church of Monks Corner who happens to John West brother Hal West

  2. west_rhino permalink
    July 12, 2007 2:37 PM

    Considering that my picture being taken while I’m standing in a garage doesn’t make me a car, having his picture taken in front of his brother’s church with his dad only tells me that John West has a brother and a father.

    Beyond alleged solicitation of Earl Capps support, hoping for some sour grapes reaction to Hinson’s loss in the primary, have we any more curiosities afoot, like subtle similarity of campaign logo to the floundering McCain campaign’s logo or another Rod Shealey slate of ex-cons, divorcees and straight white males mail out mock ups?

  3. Stymied permalink
    July 12, 2007 3:21 PM

    Does this mean any candidate can use the church as a backdrop for campaign photo ops?

    Me thinks the IRS would say yes.

  4. Curious in Columbia permalink
    July 12, 2007 3:37 PM

    Would SCHotline even be calling attention to this if the State Senate candidate in the ad was a Republican standing in front of a church? What is good for the Repub goose is good for the Dem gander.

  5. Big D permalink
    July 12, 2007 4:53 PM

    Knowing the West family, I know that John West is a devout Christian. Not only is he in a Christian family, but he also teaches Sunday school at, yes, that church.

    Curious in Columbia is dead on. This would not be an issue if John West was a Republican.

  6. July 12, 2007 9:58 PM

    The question isn’t whether it is appropriate for West to do this; the question is whether it is appropriate for the church to do it. Is it a church at all or just the West fiefdom?

  7. July 13, 2007 3:07 AM

    Nice attempt at a Hatchet Job, SC Hotline guys.  John West is a good man.  Amateurs. 

  8. west_rhino permalink
    July 13, 2007 10:48 PM

    Big D, I disagree that it wouldn’t be an issue if it were a Republican, Politics Rocks would be doing the amateur hatchet job he accuses SC Hotline of doing, though howling epithets about what a rotten fundie the Repbulican is.

    I’d guess, if PR was correct, SCH would be trying to make some amends for hanging the Rod Shealey convicts mailer mock up that might or mightn’t have been in the mail boxes of the voters.

    PS Rocks, you do know that this John West is not the former Ambassador to the House of Saud.


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