Over on his Twitter page (which according to The Washington Post is the top twitter page in South Carolina), our founding editor has a running joke about the 70 points that West Virginia put up on Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl.
At least once a day (and sometimes more than once a day) Sic Willie tells his 8,200 Twitter followers that “West Virginia scored again,” a reference to the Tigers’ history-making futility in slowing down the Mountaineer offense. In fact, during S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State speech he tweeted that West Virginia scored “three times,” which is fitting given the Tigers’ affinity for our honorable chief executive.
Anyway, even though Sic is doing his best to assassinate this joke, it just won’t die … sort of like our ongoing obsession with the drama involving Haley’s choice (or rather her former choice) for the S.C. seventh congressional district, S.C. Rep. Thad Viers.
For those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the last two-and-a-half weeks, Viers was arrested on January 6 and charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend Candace Bessinger – the granddaughter of controversial barbecue magnate Maurice Bessinger. Given Viers’ history of, um, dubious decision-making, he promptly dropped out of the congressional race and declared that he wouldn’t be seeking any political office in 2012.
In fact, depending on the outcome of his court case he may get booted from office before he gets the chance to step down gracefully …
Of course it became apparent pretty quickly that there was more to the Viers saga than first met the eye … a LOT more (click here, here, here and here to see what we mean. Oh … and here too, but only if you’re nasty).
Today’s installment? The couple’s “pet names” for each other. Viers was called “Milkdud” and “Bella” by Bessinger, while he referred to her as “Squeaky” and “Little Joe” (both of which are apparently barbecue references).
Oh, and here’s another one of Viers’ now legendary sticky sweet romantic emails …
From: Thad Viers
To: Candace Bessinger
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2011 2:12 PM
Subject: ushering in the new year
I wish we could talk. I miss your sweet face; your beautiful blue eyes. I miss your loving touch, and your belly laugh-your cute feet. :)
I so much want to give you the happiness you desire. Just let me. Give me a chance; open your heart; let me in.
I know its not for me to understand why or how long you will be giving me the silent treatment and pretending the last 4 years did not exist.
I do not know if you intentionally hate me, still love me, miss me, plan on ever talking to me again, or care if I something happens to me.
I DO know that I love you and you mean the world to me. Love is worth fighting for and I still believe in us even though the world may not, your faith is shaken, and some folks want to drive us against each other.
I so want to hold you and kiss you at midnight to usher in the new year. Look into your eyes and let you know everything will workout and your dreams will come true.
If you feel the need to keep punishing me its okay; I understand-i deserve it and will take it with pride because of the love I have for you.
I just hope that you know how much I love you, am sorry for the things that have caused you pain, and how much I have changed for the better to meet your needs and honor the invested time and love you have put into me.
I love you Squeaks! With all my heart and my life.
Awwwww … that’s “harassment?”
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