Our founding editor was tailgating in Athens, Georgia not long ago when he bumped into Jim Corbett, a former Republican candidate for the S.C. House who FITS beat up a little bit for his ties to the state’s trial lawyer lobby.

Unlike a lot of former “targets” Sic Willie encounters, Corbett was remarkably un-miffed about having been bashed by FITS … and had nothing but nice things to say about the candidate who defeated him, current S.C. Rep. (and former City of Columbia councilman) Kirkman Finlay.

Well, this week Finlay apparently returned the kindness … and then some … headlining a fundraiser at Doc’s Barbecue in Richland County to help Corbett pay off his campaign debt from the 2012 election.

As some may recall, this is a move straight out of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond’s playbook. The late Senator would frequently help former opponents – whether that meant raising money to retire their debt or assisting them with constituent matters. In today’s heated and contentious political environment, though, it’s almost unheard of.

Anyway props to Finlay for helping out his former foe …