In the immortal words of Eddie Murphy, let's all give a hearty "Hey, hey Mor-tay!" to a prominent SC political alum making news outside our borders.
FITS would like to welcome back to the spotlight one of our favorite people, Morton Brilliant, ex-spokesman to our own Gov. Jim Hodges as well as former lead lip to Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Currently serving as campaign manager to Georgia gubernatorial candidate (and Sec. of State) Cathy Cox, it seems our friend Morty has gotten into some hot water over content changes made to the Wikipedia page of Cox's Democratic primary opponent, Georgia Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor.
According to Taylor's campaign, Brilliant has been e-fingered as the guilty party behind changes to the Taylor page that, among other things, revealed the Lieutenant Governor's son had been involved in an alcohol-related car accident that resulted in a fatality.
Why is this news for South Carolina? Well, according to the Taylor camp, it turns out Brilliant has also been busy posting negative Wikipedia entries about our own Gov. Mark Sanford.
Several months ago, FITS was contacted by a reporter regarding Sanford's less-than-flattering Wikipedia description and asked essentially, "What gives?"
Looks like now we know ...
UPDATE: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cox herself has just addressed the charges against Brilliant, stating that she instructed her staffers not to mention the incident involving Taylor's son and vowing to get to the bottom of the situation.