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February 14, 2010

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Joshua Gross




Connor first candidate up on television, only statewide candidate on Daytona 500

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – The Bill Connor campaign today released the first television ad of the 2010 Primary cycle by any Lt. Governor candidate.  The ad debuted during today’s FOX pre-race telecast of the Daytona 500 in the Greenville market, and will air later in the day in the Charleston and Columbia markets. This is the only political ad running during the NASCAR broadcast, and is also the first television ad by any Republican statewide candidate not running for Governor.

“I knew that as the outsider in this race, I would need to get out early and be the first to announce my candidacy,” Connor said. “We were the first to announce, the first to post a website, the first to air radio advertisements, and now the first up on television.  I am also proud to be the first returning post-9/11 war veteran to run for statewide office in South Carolina.”

The ad, titled “Family Business,” highlights Connor’s lineage as a 4th generation Army officer, and hints at the fact that he is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to announce for South Carolina statewide office. It also notes Connor’s wartime service record in Afghanistan with the 218th Infantry Brigade, where he received a Bronze Star as Senior US Advisor to Afghan forces in Helmand Province and Senior US Liaison to British Forces there.

The ad includes images of Connor in Afghanistan, Connor’s return home with family, and Connor speaking with voters at rallies in front of the state house. The ad can be viewed on Connor’s YouTube Channel at and on the Connor website at

“I believe that at the end of this campaign, South Carolina’s Republican primary voters will choose proven leadership and our message of lower taxes and restrained government.  I am proud to be able to run advertisements that highlight that quality and that message,” Connor concluded.

The thirty second ad was produced by CarolinaZoom Productions in Greenville, SC.

Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves who received the Bronze Star for his service in combat as the senior American advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Bill is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to announce for South Carolina statewide office.   In addition to his Reserve duties, Bill serves as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy.  Bill is a graduate of the Citadel and USC Law School.


20 years ago, fresh out of the Citadel, he raised his right hand to defend our Constitution, joining the Family Business – protecting our nation for four generations.

After commanding US Troops in Afghanistan he’s now home to protect our South Carolina values.

He’ll work to eliminate state income tax and restrain government to help South Carolina businesses create new jobs

He’s Bill Connor, and he’s running for Lieutenant Governor

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