Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Speeding Scandal Rocks Lovelace Campaign

FITS has learned that the South Carolina Department of Public Safety is investigating yet another politically-related speeding scandal here in the Palmetto State - this one reaching the highest levels of the Lovelace for Governor campaign.

According to records obtained by FITS through the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), State Troopers recently stopped a twenty-year old male college student who was clocked doing 36 mph in a 35 mph zone, but did not issue the driver a ticket.

Jimmy Delaney, who was driving the Silver 2005 Ford Explorer when it was pulled over, was given a verbal warning instead.

"It was only after Mr. Delaney was allowed to depart the scene with a verbal warning that we realized the vehicle had a Lovelace for Governor sticker on its rear bumper," said SCDPS spokesman Sid Gaulden.

Delaney, who granted an exclusive interview to FITS, said he had no idea who Dr. Oscar Lovelace was and that he was paid $10 to put the bumper sticker on his car by a Lovelace volunteer.

"The guy said something about it being worth $50 in free name ID, whatever that means," Delaney said. "I was like, whatever dude, I need beer money for the weekend."

Sanford campaign spokesman and George Allen for President Network Builder Jason Miller dismissed Delaney's denial, calling it "too convenient and too coincidental."

"Oscar's Army clearly feels that they are above the law," Miller said in a statement. "This is yet another example of the recklessness of the Lovelace campaign and the lengths to which they will go in order to cover it up."

Rod Shealy, campaign consultant to both Lovelace and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, immediately accused former Sanford spokesman Will Folks of leaking the information to the press.

"Having mastered the politics of furniture destruction, Will Folks has graduated to the politics of personal destruction," Shealy told FITS. "He maliciously leaked Andre Bauer's speeding story to the media and now he's doing the same thing to Oscar."

Count on FITS to keep you up to speed (bad puns notwithstanding) on the latest news surrounding this breaking scandal ...


Blogger Earl Capps said...

What I want to know is this:

In the fall of 2003, I was stopped on SC 903 by a trooper, going about 70 in a 55 zone in the dead of night. Given a warning.

In the fall of 2004, I was stopped going 57 in a 45 zone, in a small town between Columbia and Charleston at about 4am. Given a warning.

Isn't it just possible that people get cut a little slack for other reasons than the fact that they're someone special?

God knows I'm not.

4:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earl, you're special and doggone it, people like you.

8:32 PM

Blogger Frank said...

Earl, I have been stopped twice also...I was going 47 in a 35 and given a ticket. I was speeding once again; this time I was going 79 in a 70. I was ticketed.

Even thought I got tickets, I still believe officers need discretion; it's helps them do their jobs. But Earl, if you had been driving 101 MPH at 11:30 at night, do you think you would haven't left the scene with a warning.

Andre made himself special when he got on his police radio and proclaimed "SC2" was traveling through. Once he did that, he was no longer a citizen speeding, he was the Lt. Governor speeding and that's what the hoopla is/was about.

On a different note, FITS, I loved the Shealy quote. "Having mastered the politics of furniture destruction, Will Folks has graduated to the politics of personal destruction..."

1:24 PM


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