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 ...