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 ...