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New S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) commissioner Catherine Templeton made a few friends during her first week on the job, sources tell FITS.

The controversial appointee of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley handed out roses to several agency employees on her first day at work last week.

Contrary to early reports, the impromptu rose ceremony (full disclosure … our founding editor would be Templeton’s “Bachelor” any day of the week) wasn’t some calculated effort to butter up her new charges – she was simply handing out a few flowers that she had received as a gift from her dad.

“Awwww,” right?

Templeton has received some early bad press at SCDHEC over her new hires, but we’re willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and see what she does at the agency. We’ll also be curious to see where she stands on the health care and environmental restructuring that this website has consistently championed.

We certainly know Haley has no intention of pushing meaningful government reform …



Glenn McConnell

A replica of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley made its way through Atlanta this week … although no word yet whether S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell was commanding the vessel.

McConnell has spent millions of tax dollars on his phallic obsession – which is currently being restored at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, S.C. He’s even sucked Clemson University into the boondoggle, although he flat out lied from the floor of the S.C. Senate when he claimed that the school’s multimillion dollar Hunley “Restoration Institute” was the school’s idea, not his.

Anyway …

“The replica is 98 percent accurate, 3 inches wider and 1 inch longer than the original,” its creator told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Wider and longer is better … right?

Oh wait … we’re asking the wrong statewide officer that question, aren’t we?

(Or are we?)



S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom (a.k.a. “Comptroller Creepy“) will be back in court next week. The ethically-challenged Republican and his estranged wife, Peggy, are scheduled to appear before a family court judge regarding their ongoing divorce proceedings on Monday.

No word yet on how Eckstrom’s pending nuptials to a former lover might impact this case … or the allegation that he bumped into one of his other alleged lovers last weekend at a taxpayer-funded conference in Oklahoma City.

Hmmmm …



Katherine Jenerette

Nothing like a paratrooper jumping in at the last minute, right?

With Tea Party favorite Mande Wilkes deciding against a campaign for the newly-drawn South Carolina seventh congressional district, Katherine Jenerette – another hottie with a libertarian streak – has decided to seek the seat.

“I’m not the kind of person who sit’s on the sidelines when there’s a fight going on and work to be done for the people of our state, district and our country,” Jenerette said in announcing her candidacy. “I’ve been places where you have to do a lot more than talk tough and whoever the people of this district decide to send to Washington had better be ready to hit the ground running and know when it’s time to dance and when it’s time to play hardball.”

We’ve always been big fans of Jenerette’s and are glad to see her jump into this race. And while she’s never held public office before, she’s worked in a congressional office previously and served two tours in Afghanistan.

Obviously she faces an uphill climb, but if she’s able to articulate a clear and compelling agenda – and point out the deficiencies of her competitors (which shouldn’t be hard) – she could be a factor in the race.