In a Terry Sullivan-esque flipout, FITS has learned that candidate for State Treasurer Greg Ryberg and his wife, Betty Ryberg, stone cold "lost it" earlier today at the State Republican Convention.
The family values-preaching couple (shown left, demonstrating those family values), were evidently quite upset following some remarks made by Easley's Jeff Willis, another candidate for Treasurer. At the conclusion of Willis' remarks, both Rybergs reportedly demonstrated their heated displeasure in no uncertain terms.
Witnesses say it all started shortly after Willis followed former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn, former U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel and Ryberg himself on the podium during the "candidate speeches" segment of the convention program. During his speech, Willis criticized Ryberg's record-setting $2 million donation to his own campaign, saying he didn't think candidates should so overtly attempt to "buy an office" because it would end up making the voters cynical. He went on to say that if he had two million dollars, he would start a foundation to build houses for homeless veterans.
Willis then proceeded to enlist the support of convention-goers in this new effort.
Evidently unsupportive of the Willis plan, however, was Mrs. Ryberg, whom several witnesses say grabbed the candidate by the arm and refused to surrender her iron grip on him until she had given him a stern piece of her mind.
At one point in her tirade, Mrs. Ryberg is reported to have told Willis that what he was doing "played right into Rick Quinn's hands."
Meanwhile, across the room, a beet red Senator Ryberg was frantically waving his hands in the air, attempting to get the attention of his campaign manager, Terry Sullivan.
It's no secret that both Rybergs are aggressive people, often angrily so. It's also no secret they've both got a little bit of a problem with "potty mouth."
But physically grabbing another candidate? In a public setting like the State Convention? Isn't that a little over the top?
Fortunately for Willis, he did not attempt to physically maneuver around Mrs. Ryberg at any point during the episode, nor did he do anything to attempt loosening her grip on his arm.
As we all know in South Carolina politics, that's when people start conveniently losing their balance and mysteriously flying toward the nearest piece of furniture.