DON’T TRY AND MESS THEM AROUND, NIETHER
FITSNews – April 12, 2007 – You know, just because Sic Willie and the FITS gals are spending the week skinny dipping in the Harbour Town marina doesn’t mean we’re not simultaneously keeping tabs on the latest political gossip coming out of Importantville, S.C.
It’s called multi-flasking … er tasking, but just to make sure nothing slips through the cracks, Dora, Michelle and Elmo (pictured above) are capably representing our Columbia bureau this week. And Dora is an explorer, people. Which means she discovers stuff.
Anyway, here’s a couple of S.C. political nuggets our Columbia team has unearthed while we’ve been gone …
SANFORD’S GOT PLUMBERS?
A lot of people have been wondering what S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford was going to do with that wad of nearly $2 million in leftover campaign cash he chose not to return to donors following his 2006 reelection.
Well, it turns out one thing could be the political equivalent of a “sting” operation directed against some of his fiercest political opponents.
Sources tell FITSNews that one of the governor’s closest advisors has been clandestinely working with at least one private investigator in an effort to collect dirt on “problem” legislators.
If true, this sort of Watergate methodology would certainly represent a radical departure from the governor’s previous pie chart and bar graph approach to getting things done.
Or not getting things done, actually.
HINSON TO RUN FOR MESCHER’S SENATE SEAT?
These same insiders also tell us that Rep. David Umphlett is contemplating a bid for Mescher’s seat, but let’s face it – Shirley would wipe the floor with Umphlett.
You know, we kind of miss Senator Mescher. Sure, he sounded a lot like that Milton guy from Office Space who doesn’t want to give up his favorite red stapler, but nonetheless he always seemed like a straight up, stand up guy to us.
THE THREE (DEMOCRATIC) KINGS
There’s no doubt that Sen. Joel Lourie, Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Rep. James Smith are among the top Democratic gubernatorial prospects for 2010. And why not? All three are young, intelligent, energetic, good-looking candidates who would pose formidible challenges to the Republican Party‘s current dominance of statewide office.
There’s just one problem – all three are incredibly close friends and it’s highly unlikely one would ever run against another.
So who’s it going to be in 2010?
Sources tell FITSNews that the group has actually gotten together to talk about it and that Lourie is going to be the man. He’s apparently already started raising money, too … under the guise of a Senate race, of course.
Stay tuned for more on all these stories …