S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s toxic “on again, off again” relationship with former lover/ high school teacher Kelly Payne is once again “on the rocks,” sources tell FITS.

And the oddsmakers take a beating, right?

Riiiiiight … anyway, reports of the couple’s latest separation have been fueled by a bizarre (and since removed) tweet from Payne – one which promoted the sale of a $4,900 diamond engagement ring on Craigslist.

Here’s the tweet …

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And here’s the ad …

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Hmmmm …

“Keckstrom”announced their first engagement last February – although less than two months later the wedding was off. Then in November the nuptials were back on again.

Wonder how long before Payne will announce (again) that the pair have re-re-reunited this time?

Set your stopwatches, people …

This “break-up/ make-up” pattern is nothing new when it comes to these “Kuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” lovers. After a high-profile split during the 2010 GOP primary season, Payne and Eckstrom got back together prior to the general election. Of course within weeks of reuniting they became embroiled in yet another public soap opera – this one ending with Payne filing a police report against Eckstrom.

Despite all of this drama, Eckstrom was reelected Comptroller in November 2010 – and placed in command of the South Carolina State Guard the following spring.

Gotta love having an “R” behind your name in South Carolina, huh?

Eckstrom’s creepy texts and emails to Payne have became the stuff of S.C. political legend – including one in which he referred to himself as a “fine specimen” and another in which he offered to be her “sexual guinea pig.” The 64-year-old “Republican” was married at the time these provocative messages were sent, although he has since gotten a divorce.

Eckstrom hasn’t said whether he is running for reelection in 2014, but sources tell FITS he was dialing for dollars at the S.C. “Republican” Party (SCGOP) headquarters earlier this month – which would seem to indicate a reelection campaign is in his future.

Oh well, more fun for us …

UPDATE: As of early afternoon Saturday (less than twenty-four hours after this item ran), Payne has restored her Facebook status from “Single” to “Engaged.” Take a look …



Hat Tip: Lola