Ken Ard Saga: An Affair, Too?
It just wouldn’t be South Carolina politics if a major constitutional drama didn’t take an unexpected detour into the realm of illicit affairs, would it?
Seriously, people … is this the “Jerry Springer State” or what?
Mere hours after resigning his office in disgrace after a grand jury indicted him for a “cash for contributions” scam, former S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard (RINO-Pamplico) is now dodging allegations that he had an extramarital affair with the woman who helped funnel money for the scam.
“Rebecca Parker Elliott has long been employed by (Ard) in various capacities,” the indictment against Ard notes before delving into the specific role that this Johnsonville, S.C. native allegedly played as the money-changer in Ard’s scheme.
But did Ard and Elliott – his longtime secretary – share more than just a plot to deceive voters into believing there was a groundswell of financial support for this Florence County “Republican in Name Only?”
Multiple sources – including those who worked on Ard’s 2010 campaign – say “yes.”
In June of 2010, FITS reported on affair allegations leveled against both Ard and his GOP primary opponent. At the time, we withheld the name of both alleged paramours – but we can now confirm that Elliott was the woman with whom Ard was alleged to have been romantically-linked.
Wait … isn’t this guy married to a total hottie?
Yes … totally.
But according to former Ard staffers – as well as those who worked overtime to defeat him in a contentious primary and runoff election – that didn’t stop Ard and Elliott from enjoying a lengthy physical relationship.
These affair rumors have been flatly denied by Ard staffers in the past.
“Any kind of rumor like that about Ken is totally false,” a source close to Ard’s camp told FITS at the time of our original report.
However, sources on Ard’s campaign – and the campaign of his opponent, Bill Connor – later confided to FITS that both organizations had uncovered proof of their opponent’s respective affairs, but had reached an agreement not to expose one another.
“It was a mutually assured destruction thing,” a source familiar with the agreement tells FITS.
Neither Ard nor Elliott was immediately available to respond to the allegations.