Easy ladies … that disarmingly attractive and diabolically brilliant man pictured above is none other than Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie), our beloved founding editor and the benevolent ruler of all that he surveys.
In addition to running South Carolina’s most popular political web site, Sic is also Commissioner of the Great Santini Fantasy Baseball League and a sensational dancer, despite completely unfounded rumors that he “thrusts too much” and doesn’t have enough “side to side.”
He is also President of Viewpolitik, LLC, a Columbia, S.C.-based communications firm.
Prior to his career as a political guru and new media deity, Folks played bass guitar for the modestly successful alternative rock band Dead Agent Caper. From thence, he was plucked out of mid-air and handed media relations, graphic design and copy writing duties for the gubernatorial campaign of former U.S. Congressman Mark Sanford. Somehow (we’re not sure how, exactly), Sanford won, although it’s safe to say at this point that most South Carolinians would take a “do-over” on that one.
Nonetheless, Folks served Gov. Sanford’s spokesman from October 2001 to August 2005 (well, minus a six week period surrounding the 2003 inauguration when the governor was acting like a total cheapskate and Folks decided to move to Charleston with one of his many TV anchor girlfriends).
After leaving the Governor’s Office in 2005, Folks assisted on numerous campaigns including State House races, State Senate races, local bond referendums and other statewide campaigns. Whether at the state or local level, no political campaign in which Folks was responsible for the message ever lost.
Folks’ antics along the way, however, have been the subject of much discussion and controversy – even prior to his career with FITS.
During his tenure as gubernatorial spokesman, he landed in hot water when he borrowed a cherry red Corvette convertible from a local car dealer with ties to the governor’s administration and used it to joyride around the state for a week – a single event which the Associated Press managed to milk into four statewide wire stories.
Want more controversy? In September 2005 Folks pleaded guilty to a first offense criminal domestic violence charge. He swears to this day he didn’t do it, but this issue is brought up almost daily by those who are unable to match his rhetorical skills and are looking for something to shut him up.
Obviously, it hasn’t worked …
In 2010 Folks again made statewide news for all the wrong reasons when he admitted – ostensibly under pressure from his political enemies and the state’s mainstream media – to having an affair in early 2007 with future S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
Was he telling the truth? You tell us …
But be warned … he doesn’t really care if you believe him or not.
Folks graduated from the University of South Carolina (USC) in 1997 with a B.A. in History and Philosophy and received his Master’s degree in Mass Communication from USC two years later.
Sic lives with his smokin’ hot wife and adorable family in Columbia, S.C., where he enjoys losing in chess, singing in the shower and cheering for his beloved Indianapolis Colts.
You can e-mail Sic Willie at firstname.lastname@example.org.