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May 19, 2010

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Joshua Gross




Lt. Governor front runner endorsed by National Defense PAC, Patriots group, 2-star General

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – As Rita Cosby, three-time Emmy winner, New York Times bestselling author, and author of the new book, QUIET HERO, a story about her father’s service in the Polish Resistance, recently noted, “Bill Connor is the kind of man heroes are made of.”

That may be why his campaign is surging to a commanding lead in the polls.  Today, Bill Connor, the runaway front runner for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, announced a new batch of endorsements.

The National Defense PAC agreed with Cosby, announcing their endorsement of Connor for Lt. Governor on Tuesday.

“Bill Connor has NATIONAL DEFENSE PAC’s full support for election to the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s office,” National Defense PAC Chairman Rear Admiral (Ret) James Carey stated. “He served our country in America’s armed forces, knows military hardships and dangers first hand, and is committed to keeping the promises made to our veterans when they agreed to risk their lives to face America’s enemies.   He has ‘walked in their shoes,’ most recently in Afghanistan, and understands what it takes to train, fight and win.  Bill shares the values of America’s veterans and has learned about sacrifice, courage, decisiveness, and leadership in the most challenging dimension, combat.  He has been tested and proven.  Bill Connor is the leader we need in South Carolina.”

The Palmetto Patriots, a statewide conservative organization, also announced their endorsement after a unanimous board vote Tuesday night. The organization interviewed and vetted numerous candidates for various statewide races.

“After a rigorous vetting process, we are pleased to endorse Bill Connor. He is clearly the conservative candidate in the race for Lt. Governor.  We are most impressed by his integrity and his dedication to conservative values, and believe that he is the candidate who will work to protect our Constitutional rights. In these difficult economic times, Bill Connor is the man to trust.”

In addition, Major General Darwin H. Simpson, a Spartanburg business leader with 30 years of military service, including commanding the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, has joined “Bill’s Brigade,” the Connor Veterans Coalition.

“We are down to twenty days remaining in this primary campaign, and I am thrilled to have the support of a growing coalition of South Carolinians,” Connor said. “Tuesday night’s election results show that voters are tired of career politicians and are demanding a return to our conservative, free market roots. I am proud to be the candidate running on that platform for South Carolina Lt. Governor, the first 9/11 combat veteran to announce for statewide office in South Carolina, and the only Republican candidate for Lt. Governor who is a true outsider. I am pleased to receive the support of folks who understand that message and agree that I am the right choice for Lt. Governor.”

Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve 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 and file for South Carolina statewide office, and the only combat veteran running for Lt. Governor.   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.

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