Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Rainey Steps Up Seersucker Media Whorishness

South Carolina's "Seersucker Kingfish" is at it again.

Less than two weeks after demonstrating his arrogance for all to see on statewide television, Palmetto powerbroker and Sanford Board of Economic Advisors Chairman John Rainey is stepping up his attack on GOP Treasurer nominee Thomas Ravenel.

In a letter to Ravenel dated September 8, Rainey explicitly refers to "my being the recognized catalyst for (Gov. Jim Hodges) failure to be re-elected to a second term."

Rainey even attached to the letter a copy of a Nov. 24, 2002 article by Greenville News reporter Dan Hoover entiteld "Rainey Becomes Hodges Undoing" to reinforce his thinly-vieled threat.

Ironically, Ravenel last week made clear his intention not to run against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2008, which had constituted the sole basis of Rainey's opposition to his candidacy.

Accordingly, if anyone doubts Rainey's true motivations for continuing this assault against his own party's nominee, another segment from his September 8 letter should clear things up. Referring to the $450,000 lawsuit that resulted from his refusal to step down from the Santee Cooper Board of Directors in 1999 (after Gov. Hodges fired him), Rainey writes:

"This was a matter of major importance in South Carolina with much television, radio and print media coverage ... All of the state's major daily newspapers took editorial positions. I wrote extensively in guest editorials and was widely interviewed and covered by all media."

Oh well, at least we can give Mr. Rainey a modicum of credit for admitting he's a media whore.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

FITS - Did this latest state sponsored debate not cost the taxpayers money, around 5,000.00 I hear?

1:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

so our governor won't spend $2000 for a teleprompter on his states of the state but rainey will drop $5 K to attempt embarassing T-Rav?

4:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ironically, Ravenel last week made clear his intention not to run against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2008" - FITS Blog

Ironically he also did not say he wouldn't run. I have no intention of speeding down Main Street tomorrow...but I just might.

People, until he says he won't, then he can't be trusted.

8:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should he commit to not running against Graham? If he does not get the treasurers job done he won’t be able to run for dog catcher and if he does then he might just make a great senator.

9:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironically Sophie's Choice charchterizes Seersucker with a proper Freudian twist...

7:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole Ravenel/Senate thing seems like an issue that establishment Republicans (or what FITS would call "RINOs") are seizing on so we don't actually talk about the main issue in the race -- control of the Budget and Control Board. The Treasurer's seat is the deciding vote on the Board. The 2 state legislators often vote one way, with the governor and comptroller voting the other way. The Treasurer breaks the tie. Patterson normally sides with the legislators. If Ravenel were to win, he's more likely to side with the governor and a lot of those 3-2 votes will go the other way. That's the issue. The Ravenel/Senate thing is a red herring.

10:03 AM


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