Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Wallace, Texas Ranger

It wasn't exactly the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but property owned by Charleston Rep. Wallace Scarborough's clan probably won't be among the most sought-after Trick-or-Treat locations in the Lowcountry this coming Halloween.

According to news reports, Scarborough (a.ka. "irate utility customer")spent a night in the tank after firing his 9mm at two SCE&G line employees working in his parents' back yard Monday evening. Scarborough claims the gun went off accidentally, adding "if I wanted to shoot 'em, they'd be dead."


Who exactly is Scarborough's political consultant these days, Clint Eastwood?

We do know that one of his attorneys is none other than Rep. John Graham Altman, a colleague of Scarborough's in the General Assembly who decided not to run for re-election after a controversial domestic violence interview in which he called WIS-TV reporter Kara Gormley stupid.

Without knowing exactly what happened down there in Tombstone between Scarborough and the two SCE&G employees, we'll reserve judgment for now while Wyatt Earp and the rest of the local authorities sort things out.

However, the real question here is not who fired what, when and how, it's why on earth Scarborough, upon finding himself neck-deep in a potential public relations disaster, called walking P.R.-debacle John Graham Altman for help.

Talk about pouring gasoline on a fire.

Stay tuned for more details in the days to come ... this story has Sic Willie blog potential.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell me, when you find two people poking around your backyard at night, in an upscale neighborhood, their claims to be from the electric company are prone to be a bit suspicious when your power hasn't gone out.

There appears to be more below the surface here that will play out, though knowing that the press would like to change the balance, it won't grab the headlines.

3:04 PM

Anonymous west_rhino said...

Shouldn't that be Scarborough, Texas Ranger?

3:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, but anonymous, if the electricians are dressed in full corporate garb (complete with hard hats), do not hesitate to identify themselves, try to defuse (pun intended!) the situation and you fire a shot anyway - well then you end up in the pokey.

Speaking of below the surface, remember, loaded guns don't kill people - loaded representatives kill people.

4:13 PM

Anonymous Observer said...


Does it really matter if they are in the Crescent or Hobcaw Creek or downtown south of the Crosstown? What burglars wear utility outfits, carry flashlights, and look around power lines after a storm, especially when there are lights on inside. I am sure their are some famous burglars aka LeMarc, but c'mon...Wally has been on the midst of disaster and blowing up for a while...so yes will their be more to the story...likely, but will it favor him, likely not.

6:43 PM

Anonymous Willie said...

First, its not that dark at 9:30 on the coast in July.

Second, they were wearing uniforms and had identification and badges.

Third, Wally continued to berate them and order them out of his parents' yard after they identified themselves. It wasn't Wally's property and SCE&G has an easement to use the property.

Wally's daddy is a great man. It must be awfully frustrating for such an accomplished person to watch his half-wit son make a fool of himself.

7:17 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Dear West Rhino,

We thought about "Scarborough, Texas Ranger," but the alliterative similarity to "Walker, Texas Ranger" was what ultimately drove the decision on this particular headline.

After yesterday's much-publicized debacle on our "Knotts HURTing Moore" headline, frankly we were just glad to get a headline correct.

Thanks for reading,


9:13 PM

Anonymous CH said...

I might check out the day you say it happened, and make sure it's not Saturday instead of Monday.

1:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I hear of this episode, the more Wallace with a gun sounds like Barney Fife. Outside of hunting, when Barney put the bullet in his revolver, if he didn't drop it, he hit the patrol car's tire, the cold water line under Aunt Bee's sink, but never a culprit or innocent person.

I'm beginning to think that he needs to review firearms safety, maybe Glenn McConnell can have a re-enactor drill young Scarborough.

8:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is something for you blogger types to ponder over....

What color was their skin?

I hear from a friend that it was dark brown.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

9:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another something for you blogger types to ponder over....

Who else was in the house with Wally? Was he shacking up that night with his Beaufort sqeeze?

10:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is something else for you blogger types to ponder over....

Who else was in the house that night with Wally? Was he shacking up at the rents house with his Beaufort squeeze?

10:49 AM

Anonymous west_rhino said...

So clucking anon, where did the fatal rounds strike these nubian princes?

11:20 AM

Anonymous Willie said...

Anon - you are not suggesting that Wally Scarborough was boning up on a little "local legislation" with a fellow Republican legislator?

I am not sure which would be less classy, "exchanging paperwork" in the parking lot of the Wassamassaw Baptist Church as a couple of Berkeley GOP legislators did a few years ago or doing it in your elderly parents house once you'd sent them off to the old folks home. Maybe FITS could start a poll . . .

6:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Willie. Something tells me this was another kind of "caucus" meeting that the S.C. GOP wouldn't want opened to the public. No wonder Wally was so edgy.

7:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scarborough is involved in an ugly divorce. Perhaps he was canoodling with his Congressional cutie and thought the utility workers were private investigators.

And he's been "housesitting" at the Crescent (which is not in his Congressional District) for over a year.

5:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just the facts, ma'am: Police report says both SCE&G workers were blond & blue-eyed. THEY say he fired into the ground at their feet.

As to suspicions about two people poking around in your backyard, choose one:

- run around the backyard in bare feet with a Glock, making a fool of yourself;

- call the cops.

6:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is...were wally and his Beaufort squeeze wearing matching robes??? And where did she go when the police arrived?

6:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's Post and Courier piece mentions that Scarborough was alone on that fateful night.

7:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Come show your support for our electrical workers at SCE&G and all our working people who help keep our homes safe and comfortable.

Tuesday, July 25 th

Earth Fare parking lot
Folly Road
South Windermere

12:15pm 12:45pm

Over the past week, a small group of people have
publicly attacked and blamed SCE&G workers for trespassing and violating their privacy.



Our electrical, phone, fire, and police workers risk their lives daily to ensure we are safe and comfortable.

Join your friends and neighbors this Tuesday, July 25, and show your support our utility and safety workers.


note from poster: the rally is being held across the street from John Graham Altman's house.

7:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Press has said Wally was alone. Made a point of it, several times. They -- and Altman -- have also said he was watching a video in his living room (to prove he knew his power was on???). Then they said he was working on papers in his dining room (because they realized the living room doesn't overlook the back yard????).

Oh, how Wally doth protest.

His wife hired a PI who trailed him and girlfriend to Beaufort and back to Charleston, pics galore, in the court papers. He thought SCE&G were more PI's. He went berserk. And the GOP mafia went to work. He's off scot free. Lucky, lucky Wally.

8:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i could be wrong, but didn't Scarborough claim his gun discharged into his parents' porch? Now he says he shot the ground?

8:53 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

As the current chair of the Lowcountry Utilities Coordinating Committee, I will say that for the record, my organization, which is a working group composed of representatives from local utilities, state agencies, contractors and other organizations, is not involved in that rally.

If those people knew jack about what SCE&G people did, they'd probably know who we were.

I'm betting the "Working People" are those "Thinking People" nitwits, looking for another cause for their half-dozen members to protest and threaten, just like they did to me a few years back at CofC.

Stop using those guys as political pawns, take a bath, and get a real job. Then you can call yourselves "Working People".

Until then, shut the hell up. Ya'll are as bad as some half-drunk rich guy with a gun on a Friday night.

11:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

shirley, he was doing her ... uh, i meant, surely he was really doing papers that night!

yep, i'll bet he was working real hard on that stuff ...

btw - texas rangers only shoot bad guys. this ranger missed the guys, but he might shoot a girl or two ... wadda ya think 'bout dat?

11:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

After seeing that the charges were dropped, I say let's just throw out the Code of Laws in South Carolina. We don't need them anymore. Futhermore, if "Ole Quickdraw" really thought he had burgulars in the yard, he must have encountered friendly burgulars in the past who carry around flashlights so you can spot them for easy target shooting.

11:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the previous poster just said it all.......

7:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This yo yo will sink his own boat....just him him time. May be as early as November. That type of behavior is borderline skitzo.

12:43 PM


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