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Monday, April 17, 2006

"Palmetto Voice" Blog Blackmailing Quinn Campaign

FITS EDITORS' UPDATE - SOMETIME THIS MORNING PRIOR TO 11:25 A.M., THE PALMETTO VOICE POST THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS ARTICLE WAS REMOVED FROM THAT BLOG ... DEVELOPING

Call it the Easter Day Blackmail.

For perhaps the first time in the history of the SC blogosphere, a political website is publicly blackmailing a statewide candidate.

The website doing the blackmailing is Palmetto Voice. The candidate being blackmailed is former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn, who is currently running for State Treasurer in a heated, four-way Republican primary.

In an article posted late yesterday evening, Palmetto Voice publicly threatens to leak a negative news story about Quinn to members of the South Carolina media unless certain of its demands are met.

Here, in its unedited entirety, is Palmetto Voice's "Easter Day Blackmail" post with the original web hyperlinks inserted by its unknown author(s):

PALMETTO VOICE
Tick-Tock for the Quinn Camp…
April 16th, 2006 Category: Uncategorized

See “Sic-loser Willie” for details.

Inside baseball for now…(We are lookin’ at Quinn, Sr. to stop paying that guy and get off the uber-nazi payroll…otherwise it’s showtime)

In the words of our great President, “BRING IT” (add on: We dare you!)

On background: PV is just about fed-up with the bull that permeates the blogoshpehere, and we have made all the connections we need to end it. The exposure depends on any emails we receive from the players involved (which we expect to receive and will keep confidential). Otherwise, we will offer all political journalists eyewitness accounts, on the record, of what those involved don’t want mentioned.

Ball is in your court, you know who you are…

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Apparently, Palmetto Voice reiterated its threat in a comment posted to FITS just a few hours prior to the "Easter Day Blackmail." Here, again in its unedited entirety is that communication:

"Palmetto Voice said... Thanks for the head nod, anon. We wonder what Mr. Folks would do if we offered up his boss/friend to the front pages, ie. Rick Quinn fight, unless he shut his one-sided trap. Would he close his fat mouth to save his friend from some eyewitness reports? Just something we are toying with... Stay tuned."

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Ironically, the story Palmetto Voice is threatening to leak is old blog news. It's the same Rick Quinn-Dan Tripp supposed-to-have-happened bar fight that everybody and their brother has already looked at and passed on, despite Palmetto Voice's multiple attempts to get it picked up. This time its author(s) may get their wish, although its not likely to be in the way they originally intended.

Whoever Palmetto Voice is, we're betting some legal documents are not far away from hitting their mailbox.

A quick domain name registration check by FITS reveals that no individual contact name, phone number or physical address is currently available for Palmetto Voice, the organization which purchased the website on March 31, 2006. Also, according to the Secretary of State's website, Palmetto Voice has not been duly registered as an organization in the state of South Carolina. Palmetto Voice also provided two different Post Office Addresses during its registration process. Its contact e-mail address is listed as palmettovoice@gmail.com.

Needless to say, this is going to be a huge political bombshell - particularly if it turns out the author of Palmetto Voice is affiliated with one of the other political campaigns in the Treasurer's race.

Count on FITS to bring you all the latest news in this emerging blogosphere scandal ...

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dearie me, do we now have the Palmetto Page Six Voice? Concurred that the blogosphere has local concnetrations better suited for sewage treatment plants, but would be-Atwaters, like pigs, are prone to wallow in fecal matter. Witness some vendettas afoot this year, is ther some Hatfield and McCoy or Montague and Capulet blood in the houses of Quinn and Shealey... stalking horses and candidates recruited to run against incumbents, but o none of the rare vintage of a McClellanville fisherman to ganrer votes for a sister's primary race, yet.

8:36 AM

 
Blogger faithinsound said...

Anon-

We're not going to speculate until the identity of Palmetto Voice is revealed, but at first glance this looks more like the "House of Tompkins" to us ...

-FITS

10:39 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh... another flavour and temperature, let us hope that it isn't luke warm. Perhaps though, it will leave nominated Republicans with an advantage, oft played by the employers of Carville, that the same mud, slung later by another is just a dirt clod and old news don't stick to the target, just raises a could of dust.

11:48 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One wonders if the excised web content is cached somewhere?

11:53 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that you are astounded that someone would use a blog for "other-than idealistic" means. All of these SC blogs have an agenda. Do you think you are some kind of Edward Murrow? I feel dirty just reading the sleeze.

5:05 PM

 
Blogger Earl Capps said...

"I feel dirty just reading the sleeze."

Amen to that. I'm starting to feel the same way. These people are getting a little too petty and carried away.

Make someone mad, and some other blog with unknown authors will take you down, using information that may or may not be true.

Heck, with two divorces, a couple of speeding tickets and a bad disciplinary record in middle and high school, as well as some bumps on my credit record - yep, that's plenty of fodder for when someone decides to come after me.

But no matter what, at least I've got the cojones to put my name to my remarks AND on my blog.

5:31 PM

 
Blogger The Body Politic - Joshua Gross said...

Amen to Earl: those of us who are crazy enough to put our own names and faces on our own blogs (and comments) deserve a little respect... ;-)

9:20 AM

 
Blogger Earl Capps said...

joshua - you got that right, especially the crazy part. especially when describing me.

just ask my kids - they'll agree.

8:35 PM

 
Blogger faithinsound said...

Josh and Earl,

We are happy to arrange for the two of you to get a room.

We may even send the TFC over to give ya'll a little of whatever that stands for ... floor, carpet ... something.

-FITS

1:11 AM

 
Blogger Earl Capps said...

how about instead of josh, why don't you get me the room and send over the last chick you ping-ponged about the living room?

7:56 PM

 
Anonymous Uncle Louie said...

We all know the fight happened. Call it what you want...But as my grand pappy use to say,"that white stuff on the top of chicken shit...well that's chicken shit too."
Ask the guys at the bar, they think it's hilarious.

5:44 PM

 

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