Just when we thought our founding editor’s forthcoming book was going to spill all of South Carolina’s dirty political secrets, along comes coastal congressional candidate Mande Wilkes with a bombshell of her own.
As Wilkes writes in her new book, Crashing the Club, the wife of a “drug-addled elected representative” recently enlisted her help in an effort to ease her husband’s “pill-popping habit.”
Wait … what?
We must have been half-asleep when we skimmed through our advance copy of Wilkes’ book because we sure as hell didn’t catch that particular anecdote. Actually, it turns out the reason we missed this particular nugget was that our founding editor has a bad habit of skipping the “introductions” of books he reads, a habit that Wilkes’ sizzling prelude may have finally broken.
“The picture message on my phone showed a collection of pill bottles,” Wilkes writes. “Sent to me by the wife of a hotshot state official, the accompanying caption scrolled underneath the hazy orange bottles: He’s going to end up dead. Call me please.”
“When I called this wife of a ‘good ole boy,’ she was nice to me,” Wilkes continues. “Certainly nicer than she’d been the day she intercepted a cryptic voicemail I’d left at her husband’s office; or the day she crashed a debate between my opponent and me and lobbed me barbed questions; or the day she showed up at my husband’s store seeking solidarity, circling and highlighting entries in her own husband’s phone records and advising that she and my husband ally.”
In a follow-up post on her website on Tuesday, Wilkes expands on her relationship with this “naughty” political power couple. According to her, the wife of the “elected representative” actually asked Wilkes to have an affair with her husband.
Or rather “resume” an alleged affair.
“She’s asked me to resume the relationship she believes we had,” Wilkes wrote. “That’s what she said … ‘resume.’”
“She calls me a couple of times a week for updates: How’s it going? How’s he doing?” Wilkes continues. “She calls to wish me a happy birthday. She calls to invite me to lounge with her at her pool. Seeing me in my swimsuit, she asks me about my breasts. Should she?, says asks. And if she does … saline or silicone? She asks to see. I wonder if she wonders if her husband has ever asked to see.”
A favorite of coastal Tea Partiers, Wilkes is clearly running her 2012 campaign without a filter. In fact it’s not so much a campaign as it is an ongoing confessional … like Bulworth, but with boobs.
So … who is the alleged “pill popper?”And who is the (bi?) curious wife?
According to several sources who attended a 2010 debate between Wilkes and S.C. Rep. Nelson Hardwick (RINO-Myrtle Beach), Wilkes had a “testy” exchange with Melissa Edge, wife of S.C. Rep. Tracy Edge. Also, Rep. Edge was sidelined for an extended period of time after undergoing surgery on his back – a procedure which required him to take pain medication. He was back in Columbia, S.C. during the most recent legislative session, however, and every time we’ve spoken with him in recent months he’s sounded compos mentis.
So … why is any this newsworthy? Even if it turns out that Wilkes is referring to the Edges’ famously hot relationship?
Um, well … for starters it’s sex (which sells). And drugs.
Also, according to a tweet Wilkes sent our founding editor shortly after publishing her latest update on the story – the saga could be headed toward a mainstream media outlet soon.
“I think this is what Sic calls “getting in front of the story,’” Wilkes tweeted.
Stay tuned … we have no clue where this drama is headed, but we suspect it’s going to be a wild ride.
UPDATE: We just got a hold of Wilkes. She’s refusing to confirm the identity of the couple in question.