While most Palmetto political observers (and more than a few politicos beyond our state’s borders) are eagerly awaiting the salacious details of our founding editor’s relationship with S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, the truth is that his forthcoming tome will address much more than that.
Prior to his May 2010 bombshell regarding an “inappropriate physical relationship” with then-Rep. Haley – in fact, prior to the relationship itself – Sic Willie had already spent several years in the thick of South Carolina politics.
Obviously there was the integral role he played on former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign – as well as the controversial two-and-a-half years he spent in the governor’s office as Sanford’s press secretary. Then there was his work on former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel’s successful 2006 campaign.
Yeah … a lot of people weren’t aware of those chapters.
But beyond the jobs he held (and things he saw in those jobs) there was the life he lived – a fairly reckless, rebellious existence that was chock full of all sorts of relationships with beautiful women.
Among them? Former Charleston, S.C. news anchor Meredith Land – who is currently the lead anchor for the NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
Folks’ relationship with Land became public knowledge shortly after the 2002 gubernatorial election ended. In fact, Land was the reason that Folks left Sanford’s transition team in December 2002 – a six-week sojourn that ended with him getting his heart broken and returning to the Sanford fold six weeks later.
Why do we bring this up today?
Well, according to Sic he just finished writing “The Meredith Land Chapter” of his book – which began with a stolen kiss in a borrowed Toyota SUV (the back gate of which he inadvertently left open during a torrential rainstorm) and ended with him listening to Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” in an empty carriage house apartment on Sullivans Island, S.C.
“It was the ultimate heartbreak,” Sic says, adding that the chapter on Land was “the hardest thing I’ll probably ever have to write.”
Frankly, we’re just glad he’s writing …
With Haley’s vice presidential ambitions becoming more “transparent” with every passing day, the stakes for Sic Willie’s book keep getting higher.