Glenn-McConnell

Former President Pro Tempore and current Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell of Charleston, South Carolina. I respect this man for many many reasons (I think you can guess one).


Click the link to see how a man put his public duty before his personal power:

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In closing, I can only hope to have a political career like Lt. Gov. McConnell.  

Well. Glenn Mcconnell is cofc’s new president.

That’s totally fine. This isn’t a problem at all. It’s not like it matters if students and faculty don’t support him. 

“Morgan Koerner, a German professor, told McConnell, "If you come here as our president, there will be a huge wound. Why would you want to come here knowing you would create a wound?” McConnell responded that he would prefer that people who work for him like him, but he would be satisfied if they respect him.“

South Carolina Lieutenant Gov Wants Cushy College Job, The South To Rise Again

by Doktor Zoom

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell announced today that he won’t run for reelection so that he can become president of the College of Charleston. He’d make an awesome college president, since he’s an alum of Charleston, and really smart, and very much in touch with Southern Heritage, especially with his warm embrace of the Confederacy and his experience running a store — “CSA Galleries” — that sold Confederate flags and other Johnny Reb tchotchkes. As a state senator, he was one of the leading defenders of keeping the Confederate flag flying from the Capitol building, because it’s about heritage, not hate. And in the late 1990s, he insisted that giving up symbols of the Old South would be a form of “cultural genocide,” one of the shibboleths of the neoconfederate crowd. He seems nice, and just the man to present a welcoming image for a college that has some of the state’s lowest minority enrollment.


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Meet South Carolina’s New Lieutenant Governor

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell ® is set to be sworn in today as South Carolina’s new lieutenant governor after Ken Ard resigned from the position last week in the wake of a grand jury indictment on ethics violations. But McConnell may not be any less controversial.

The Republican lawmaker is perhaps best known for his unapologetic embrace of the Confederacy, grabbing national headlines in 2010 when he appeared in photos dressed as a confederate general — posing with two people presumably imitating slaves.

McConnell is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Secession Camp #4, as he proudly lists on his official bio. He also owns a store that sells confederate memorabilia.

h/t: Alex Seitz-Wald at ThinkProgress

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Glenn McConnell

I feel like I don’t even have to write anything about Glenn McConnell, a former South Carolina State Senator and Lieutenant Governor, because that picture just about sums everything up nicely. To be specific, yes, he the chap in the middle in the Civil War general’s uniform (at least a Union one there), posing for photos at a cocktail party hosted by the National Federation of Republican Women called “The Southern Experience”, back in September of 2010. At the time, McConnell (no relation to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in case you were wondering) was serving as the President of the South Carolina State Senate. And yes, the other two gents there are actors hired to play slaves for the event, which featured a “live auction”, but I hope those two details aren’t intertwined.

McConnell’s response to the criticism he received for the above photo went like this:

“If somebody is trying to be politically correct and use a tunnel vision on it and hook in the slavery issue, they’re on a slippery slope toward narrow-mindedness and they should extend the charity of understanding. Receive it in the spirit that it is presented.”

Now, before anyone goes, “Yeah, cut the guy some slack, it was just a themed costume party!” you have to understand that this isn’t a one off. Glenn McConnell is a proud member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Secession Camp #4, and a longtime Civil War re-enactor who participates on the gray side of the conflict. Until 2009, he ran a Confederate memorabilia store, CSA Galleries, in Charleston with his brother for two decades. In 1997, he gave an interview with the New York Times, when the debate to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol building first began, McConnell was declaring the efforts to do so as akin to “cultural genocide”, which doesn’t even make sense.

In 1999, McConnell appeared on Nightline to discuss the Confederate Flag, and made the following statements:

“I see honor, courage, valor. I see the red, white and blue and the blood of sacrifice that ran through that battle and the people that carried that flag. I don’t see black and white. I don’t see racism. It hurts us to see groups like the Klan holding that flag. You want to talk about a sick feeling? Our group, our historical groups, we are disgusted when we see it. But we’re equally disgusted and sickened by the political rhetoric and people say it’s an emblem of racism, it’s an emblem of hate, it’s shameful and all of this. How do they think we feel when it’s the emblem of our ancestors? They hurt our feelings.

We will teach generations to come about the honor of these people and if they are going to choose the road of trying to stereotype us as racists and as hate mongers, then we are forever divided.”

He thinks that when the KKK wave a Confederate flag, it’s not indicative that it’s a racist symbol. The stars & bars are representative of the “honorable” people who went to war to protect their right to hold African slaves. THAT’S TOTALLY NOT RACIST, YOU GUYS.

Outside of his deep affection for the Antebellum South, Glenn McConnell also has some interesting legislative history. First, given his racially-tinged hobbies, it’s interesting to see someone so dedicated to combating the non-existent problem of voter fraud that they would vote for more stringent Voter ID requirements in their state.Laws that always disproportionately affect African Americans, almost like they were designed to do so.

And McConnell’s tough on criminals, voting for the death penalty. and also wants to strip 4th Amendment constitutional protections from those who are on probation or are on parole, when he sponsored S 191, which would allow them to be subject to warrantless search and seizures. Mind you, 65% of South Carolina’s male prison population is African American, and 38% of its female prison population.  That might seem a bit disparate given the state’s census shows its African American population is 28%.

Glenn McConnell resigned as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in early 2014 because he was offered a job as the President of Charleston University, paying a $380,000 a year salary to him (he only got $46,000 as lieutenant governor) in spite of him having no experience in education, whatsoever. His hire may have had something to do with the fact that the school’s Board of Trustees were elected by the South Carolina general assembly where McConnell had served for years (in other words, easily some quid pro quo going on there.) The school already had the lowest minority representation of any school in the state, but still, there were protests against having a Neo-Confederate as College President.

McConnell has remained in that role to this point, and it seems unlikely that he will be making a return to statewide politics, given his documented history of being a lover of the Confederacy.


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Conservative Politics Strike A Liberal Arts College

Conservative Politics Strike A Liberal Arts College

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Credits: (L) State of South Carolina, ® College of Charleston

Glenn McConnell was once popular at the College of Charleston, where he was elected Student Body President in 1969. But 45 years later he’s anything but popular – and with good reasons, say today’s students, faculty and staff of his alma mater.

Not only does South Carolina’s Lt. Governor have no experience in the field of education,…

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Conservative Politics Strike A Liberal Arts College

Conservative Politics Strike A Liberal Arts College

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Credits: (L) State of South Carolina, ® College of Charleston

Glenn McConnell was once popular at the College of Charleston, where he was elected Student Body President in 1969. But 45 years later he’s anything but popular – and with good reasons, say today’s students, faculty and staff of his alma mater.

Not only does South Carolina’s Lt. Governor have no experience in the field of education,…

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