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.