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PETTY POLITICS 101 … 

Multiple “Republican” lawmakers in the South Carolina House and Senate have confirmed to FITS that College of Charleston trustee Dan Ravenel was booted from his post this week because he opposed the controversial hiring of S.C. lieutenant governor Glenn McConnell as the school’s next president.

This theory – first raised by S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) – was referenced in a story appearing in this week’s editions of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.

“Ravenel ultimately voted for McConnell on March 22, when the college’s board unanimously supported him as the school’s next leader,” the paper reported. “But sources with ties to board said Ravenel initially was a strong supporter of another candidate, only agreeing to vote for McConnell when it was clear he would win.”

Or when a deal was cut … 

Ravenel had no opposition for his seat on the college’s board of trustees, but was rejected by lawmakers anyway – ostensibly because he wasn’t sufficiently outspoken in opposing a pro-gay required reading selection at the school.

According to our sources, though, the vote against Ravenel was directly linked to his opposition to McConnell.

Not only that, lawmakers tell FITS the vote against Ravenel was orchestrated by powerful S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman – who was instrumental in pressuring trustees to vote for McConnell in the first place.

Ah, South Carolina …