"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):
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…
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ...