Numerous sources are telling FITS that soon-to-be former U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett is being considered for the position of chief of staff to Republican Leader John Boehner, who will replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House in January.

Barrett, who finished a distant second to Nikki Haley in South Carolina’s contentious 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary, has been a frequent target of fiscal conservatives after flip-flopping and voting in support of the TARP bailout two years ago.

Of course we opposed his gubernatorial bid not for that reason, but for the status quo economic proposals he offered during the course of his campaign.

Barrett’s goons were also responsible for the initial anti-Haley rumor-mongering – which of course prompted our founding editor to come forward with his revelation about their prior physical relationship (to read the text messages for yourself, click here).

Frankly, we hope that this is a bad joke and that Barrett – who has his share of skeletons – isn’t seriously being considered for such an important position.

UPDATE: Here’s an Orangeburg Times and Democrat story that references the speculation about Barrett leading Boehner’s staff. Apparently the quote in the story about Barrett was mis-attributed, however. Sources who were at the event tell FITS that it was S.C. Chamber of “Commerce” president Otis Rawl who made the remark, not S.C. Manufacturers’ Alliance president Lewis Gossett.

UPDATE II: We just got a phone call from Gossett confirming that the quote in the Times and Democrat story was mis-attributed to him.