As last week’s political hatchet job against S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis continues to unravel, the Columbia insiders who orchestrated the plot are beginning to turn on one another – revealing specific details of their botched intrigue.
One of those details? A spoil of “victory” that one of the conspirators allegedly hoped to obtain as a result of his participation in the attempted character assassination.
Sources familiar with the plot tell FITS that S.C. Sen. Greg Ryberg agreed to leak information on Loftis after several of the former’s co-conspirators agreed to support his ascendancy to the Treasurer’s office. Apparently these good ol’ boys believed that the scandal they were about to unleash on Loftis would be big enough to force his resignation.
Talk about misjudging the strength of their hand … and failing to consider their own vulnerabilities.
Ryberg – a Republican from Aiken, S.C. – has coveted the Treasurer’s office for more than a decade. In 2002 he was defeated in the general election by incumbent Democrat Grady Patterson, while in 2006 he was defeated in the GOP primary by Thomas Ravenel. A year later Ryberg campaigned for the seat again but lost a legislative election to then-S.C. Rep. Converse Chellis (RINO-Summerville).
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford declined to endorse Ryberg in the latter race, choosing instead to throw his support behind then-Charleston County Councilman (now U.S. Rep.) Tim Scott.