Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Staton Campaign: Alive and Kicking?

FITS couldn't help but poke some fun at Bob Staton's campaign manager Michael Rentiers following his candidate's dismal third-place showing at the Spartanburg County Republican Convention Monday night.

Granted, it's got to be stressful spending 24 hours a day promoting the illusion that your candidate is a Republican, but Rentiers probably guaranteed the EOC Chairman an uphill Upstate battle with some ill-advised comments made to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Shortly after his candidate got trounced by 200 votes in the Spartanburg GOP Straw Poll - you know, those non-binding, marginally significant expressions of early support among party activists that are only real news if you respond like a moron - Rentiers, well, responded like a moron.

"(Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman Rick Beltram) was on her payroll for a while, and he'll earn his money tonight," Rentiers told SHJ reporter Bob Dalton.

Expanding on the Oliver Stone-esque conspiracy theme, Rentiers went on to say that Floyd won the straw poll so convincingly because she had - get this - sponsored a reception prior to the event.

Floyd, who wisely took the high road in responding to the sophomoric barbs, nonetheless did not return multiple calls from FITS seeking comment as to whether or not she was also on the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Floyd similarly refused to disclose to FITS whether or not she knew Lee Harvey Oswald, had ever served as a contract agent for the Central Intelligence Agency or had ever handed out leaflets on Canal Street in New Orleans promoting the "Fair Play for Cuba" Committee back in the Summer of 1963.

We hate to break it to you Mr. Rentiers, but the only "conspiracy" in this race is the fact that your candidate is running as a Republican and not the status quo, mo' money, anti-choice Democrat that he actually is.

Voters in Spartanburg and every other straw poll held thusfar aren't buying what you're selling and don't expect them to do so en masse come June, either.

Here's an idea, though: Enter Bob Staton in the Richland County Democratic Straw Poll for State Superintendent ... you might end up with a more satisfactory result.

Just a thought ...


Blogger NeverEnough said...

Damn baby! That's the way to kick some ass!

6:54 PM

Blogger Free Carolina said...

Gee, I wonder if that is the high quality campaign handling that every presidential candidate is seeking?

Great post!

8:58 PM

Blogger Palmetto Voice said...


Dude, we can only figure that you have some serious envy that this guy has a job and you...well...do not. Alas, now he joins the elite ranks of all the other influencial people in SC that you have attacked.


12:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen Floyd is one lucky lady to have Will Folks on her team!!!!!!!

7:31 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear FITS,

These are all very insightful observations about the Staton campaign and its management. Since the staff at FITS has such a close relationship with top notch political consultant to the stars Will Folks I was wondering if you might be able to get his input on these topics. It occurs to me that he is uniquely qualified to address several of the specifics in your story.

1) How does a candidate lose countless straw polls and still win a statewide primary? Well Will, how exactly did the Governor do that? Didn’t Peeler win almost every straw poll?

2) How can a political operative survive being quoted making “ill-advised comments”? Any ideas on this one Will?

3) How does a candidate who sees a conspiracy of the establishment and the “jokers in Columbia” trying to thwart his message of reform actually win? What if that candidate held news conferences trying to get to the bottom of these baseless attacks?

4) How should an operative react when something stupid he’s done or said appears in print and his candidate actually stands behind him? Well maybe this isn’t a topic Will is qualified to speak to since he’s been thrown under the bus so often he’s got tire tracks on his wrinkly and ill-fitting clothes. Some day maybe he’ll work for someone who doesn’t distance themselves from him every chance they get.

5) Another topic he may be lacking any knowledge in, is being paid by a candidate. Could you please ask the political consultant to the stars (isn’t Mark Sanford the only candidate he’s ever been paid by) if he actually has ANY candidates for office paying him for his oh so valued advice? I know how he quietly claims to have candidates, but I have yet to see a single candidate for office, including his good drinking buddy Rick Quinn, admit to having him on retainer… So Will, does blogging pay the rent or do you have to get loans from your parents? Ever thought of getting the band back together to make a few bucks? Worked for Jake and Elwood.


11:13 AM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Dear Anon-

We are only too pleased to run your thoughtful interrogatives by the Slick One and let you know what he has to say.

In the meantime, as for you and Palmetto Voice's scorching case of Will envy, all we can say is that it actually does get bigger if you think about it hard enough and keep rubbing.


2:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reinters got drunk at the Greenville Convention and showed up really late and didn't put up Staton signs or have anything to hand out to delegates about his candidate. That comes from a source high-up in the GOP. Also, Gresham Barrett is endorsing Floyd and Ryberg.

3:01 PM

Anonymous rumor mill said...

word on the street is that will folks' problem with michael rentiers has more to do with laurin manning than it does with bob staton. will is nowhere to be found on laurinline these days...

3:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard will and laurin are on the outs too. what's that all about?

3:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended the Greenville County Convention. I'm a member of the Greenville County Executive Committee. There was no alcohol at the convention. There was plenty of Bob Staton stuff up. I don't like Staton, but whoever said that one of his staffers got drunk at the convention is lying.

People who lie about things like that are pieces of crap.

3:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a big Staton fan, but good Lord that was a DUMB quote by Rentiers.

11:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rentiers did show up really late but he had plenty of time to get Staton stuff up in G-ville. However, dont know about the alcohol thing figuring it was a freakin breakfast!!!

12:19 PM

Anonymous that rentiers guy said...

you guys are funny. thanks for the attention will.

8:34 PM


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