T-Rav "Rolls" Rainey in Letter
John McCain may have the "Straight Talk Express," but it's becoming abundantly clear that the straightest talker in South Carolina politics right now is none other than GOP Treasurer nominee Thomas Ravenel.
In a blistering letter posted this morning to the SC Hotline website, Ravenel pulled no punches in responding to attacks leveled against him by so-called Republican powerbroker John Rainey, calling the BEA chief out for his consistent opposition to Republican ideas like tax cuts and choice in the education marketplace and including for his perusal a copy of the book, Economics for Dummies.
Unapologetically dispensing with the conventional political wisdom that would have had him strike a conciliatory note in responding to the liberal Rainey, Ravenel instead put Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" in the tapedeck and set the speakers to full blast.
The letter, dated August 7, also included a compelling indictment of the abysmal performance of incumbent Democrat Treasurer Grady Patterson, specifically citing South Carolina's 70% below average return on our state investment plan.
"If Mr. Patterson’s returns had merely achieved mediocrity during this time, our retirement system would have an extra $5 billion," Ravenel says.
To read a copy of Ravenel's letter to Rainey in its entirety, click here.
Now, would we here at FITS have advised T-Rav to send this letter? Probably not.
Of course we wouldn't have advised him to tell a reporter "that's how Thomas Ravenel rolls," either, but that little comment seems to have worked out pretty well for him among the GOP netroots.
Like his father, Cousin Arthur, shooting from the hip Bullworth-style is something that just seems to be in Ravenel's blood - and given the disinterested, disaffected, anti-incumbent, anti-politician mood of the electorate, it may not be an entirely bad strategy.
For his part Rainey, who is used to being coddled and having his ring kissed by every Republican who runs for office in South Carolina, is probably positively stewing at the moment.
Consumed with his public image and obsessively protective of his status as a "GOP heavyweight," FITS has learned that the currently Colorado-based "Seersucker Kingfish" practically blew a gasket when he read our little blog about him on Sunday.
Oh well ... like T-Rav said, "That's just how FITS rolls."