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High Drama In Larry Martin Race

ATTEMPTED CENSORSHIP … AND A STARTLING ADMISSION FROM THIS WEBSITE’S FOUNDING EDITOR An effort by S.C. Senator Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens) to censor legitimate criticism of his liberal voting record has failed in the South Carolina Upstate – raising the temperature of an already heated State Senate race between the 30-year…

ATTEMPTED CENSORSHIP … AND A STARTLING ADMISSION FROM THIS WEBSITE’S FOUNDING EDITOR

An effort by S.C. Senator Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens) to censor legitimate criticism of his liberal voting record has failed in the South Carolina Upstate – raising the temperature of an already heated State Senate race between the 30-year incumbent and his petition challenger, former S.C. Rep. Rex Rice.

Earlier this week consultants for Martin, a former Democrat, challenged the accuracy of an ad being run by Liber-TEA, the political group founded earlier this year by Will Folks (this website’s founding editor).  According to Martin’s consultants, the Liber-TEA ad falsely claimed that the liberal Senator had supported a shady pension fund deal on five separate occasions during his tenure in the S.C. Senate.

On the basis of this claim, Martin’s team demanded that the ad be pulled.

After Liber-TEA provided documentation in support of the claims (it turns out Martin supported the pension fund on at least eight occasions, not five), television stations concluded the ad was accurate and left it on the air.

In the heated back and forth that took place during the debate over the ad, however, Liber-TEA was threatened with the exposure of embarrassing details regarding the private life of its founder, specifically his stint in “heroin rehab.”

This threat prompted Will Folks (a.k.a. “Sic Willie”) to issue the following statement …

When I was eighteen years old I voluntarily entered a detoxification and rehabilitation facility in Wernersville, Pennsylvania to treat an addiction to various substances – including heroin.  Records of these facilities are confidential, but someone I trusted several years ago appears to have provided this information to my political enemies.  For better or worse – usually worse – it has been my practice to get ahead of stories like this, putting the truth out and then letting the chips fall where they may.  Obviously I regret the pain and embarrassment I caused my family during the misspent days of my rebellious youth, and I am eternally grateful to my family for getting me the help I needed to begin the process of overcoming my addiction.  I will always be an alcoholic and a drug addict, but I have been sober for six years and will continue to take my recovery one day at a time.

Wow …

South Carolina politics, people … it never gets boring does it?

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61 comments

johnb November 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

Good move . Full disclosure and getting ahead of the news is always the best move.

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fitsnews November 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

not really … I learned that the hard way with the whole Nikki Haley affair revelation.

-FITS

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interested November 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

NO, it WAS a good move. Congrats buddy. on these personal matters I wish you nothing but the best, and applaud your courage.

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? November 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Yep, it was the right thing to do. Anyone that’s had any kind of interesting life has skeletons in the closet. Don’t let the boring people jerk you around. Fuck them.

Now what do they “have” on you? Nothing. Report more truth on them as they clearly don’t like it.

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Cooter Brown November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Well don, suh! I’m rite proud ov ye!

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toyota kawaski November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

welcome back Cooter imissyourpost

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Rushkin MacFarlane November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Cooter is my main man! Always good to read his writing!

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What about November 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

Eh, I would have just told whoever to run with it – called their bluff. No one really cares what you did back then. You aren’t running for office. Besides, if there was something to be done about it, it still can be done. Anyway…should be a lesson to everyone (including the editor of this site) about casting around rumors (you do do that, you know that, right?)

On to the topic of 3rd party groups. All for them raising and spending money, but shouldn’t they too have to disclose? I’m for the removal of limits and the full-disclosure of dollars taken in and put out. That’s transparency.

What say you? Would it hurt your cause to reveal the sources of your contributions? Are the nefarious? Would those donors continue to give if their identity was not protected?

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Lance Riprock November 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

Did you have to rat anybody out to stay out of trouble? I sure hope not. Hope you can stay clean if you don’t know how to properly abuse drugs. Some people can, some people can’t. Gotta go; that crack ain’t gonna smoke itself.

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GreenvilleLwyr November 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

So who’s the fuckwad that thought exposing a teenage drug problem would somehow change the fact that Larry Martin is a major lying douchebag?

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? November 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Exactly.

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Skidmarks November 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

That’s about as low as you can get.

Can you say “Wes and Joel”?

Can you say “Wes and Joel are sorry pieces of shit”?

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? November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

My money is on Haley as being the culprit. If it’s Wes or Joel they are major turds. Of course, Wes might have cause if Sic’s little anecdote about SC’s Redheaded Party monster having some dirt on Wes is true.

It could be tit for tat. Or in this case, tit for tit. :)

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davis November 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Good for you! I hope that you can be an inspiration for others. All’s well that ends well.

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reasonable November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Good for you for putting it out there like this and sorry you had to endure this when you were young. I’m sure from walking with friends with addiction issues that it is a constant struggle. My hope is that going forward, you will think twice before throwing others undergoing similar battles under the bus in the midst of serious attempts at recovery. I’ve seen you do it more than once in the past. Few stories are worth throwing down stumbling blocks for folks fighting for sobriety.

Peace to you and have a restorative weekend in the upstate.

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sonnysboy November 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

FITS, please ID the DBs who “leaked” this information so we can factor that into our opinions of them and those affiliated with them in the future.

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Smirks November 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I’m glad you were able to pull yourself out of that kind of stuff. Good on you. Not everyone has had to fight addiction, but I have mad respect for those who have.

Fuck that guy, I hope he gets unseated.

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Nancy November 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

I agree Smirks not every one had to fight addiction and unless you have seen it or experienced if, we have no idea how difficult it is to get off. Particularly opiates! I am glad that Will was able to get clean, in SC today there are a lot of 18 year olds running around addicted that cannot afford to go to another state for treatment. The treatment centers in SC are inadequate, with about a 10% or less success rate. So what does SC do? Continues to build jails/prisons to house addicts when what they really need is treatment. Drug addiction does not discriminate, it isn’t the poor, the dumb, the rich, or any particular group that gets addicted. It often starts with an injury in which they are prescribed opiates with no weaning process. People quickly build a tolerance for opiates and move on to harder drugs until they end up shooting heroin. The options in SC for getting off these drugs are methadone or suboxone, both of which have terrible withdrawals and I have yet to see anyone who actually got clean under those programs. It is a maintenance program that allows them to function more normal. I have never been addicted to opiates, I am afraid of them, because I have seen how many lives it can destroy and the young are most susceptible to addiction. I am glad that Will Folks has drawn attn. to this. If more people spoke out about addiction, maybe just maybe, SC could offer better treatment. Rehabilitation not incarceration.

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Michael McGilligan November 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Lets see the correspondence from the Marin campaign threatening to release this information.

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? November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Who said it was written? Hell, you’d have to be a downright moron to put anything like that in writing. Then it’s called extortion and provable.

You probably already know that though, you’re probably a damage control errand boy here to cast doubt.

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Good Gravy Man November 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Yeah, but as it stands, this is a story by Will Folks about Will Folks, attributing quoting and writing about the “to-from” between the campaigns, provided by…Will Folks, and questioning him on his response.

Kudos to anyone who gets over the vicious habit of drug addiction, but as to this story, just keep in mind that if I ever wrote my own autobiography or version of events that (like above) that let’s face it may or may not have happened. “You betch’a” I’d come out smelling like a rose.

Also, did we ever get a definition of a “shady” pention fund deal as defined by the author, by Martin, by the voters…

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Christian November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Let’s see. I’ve been arrested twice. I had a shoplifting habit. I broke into someone’s house and stole everything I could haul to the pawn shop. I stole money from my parent’s wallets. I stole crabs from other people’s crab traps. But that was in my “youth.” I don’t do that shit any more. I don’t even think of doing that shit any more. But I’m surrounded by people — politicians, particularly — who spend their lives cheating and stealing from others — the public, mostly — doing this.

So Will Folks was born into sin, committed acts harmful to himself and society, changed his behavior, and moved on. And has now written about it. A confession!

The most refreshing and joyful thing I’ve read today!

Some of God’s words on this behavior:

Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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Smirks November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I stole crabs from other people’s crab traps.

OFF WITH HIS HEAD!

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Where'sWaldo November 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

You’ve never been around a crabber who relies on his traps to feed his family. Some serious shit – you can get shot.

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Christian November 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

Where’sWaldo is right. Stealing crabs from traps is very often stealing from a person whose livelihood that is. Or whose dinner that is. It is despicable behavior in the lowcountry. It is like shoplifting in a jewelery store. I am ashamed I did it. I am away from that selfish behavior now and sleep at night with a clean conscience.

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commonman November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

How about hold a transparency work shop for all of our politicians. You are still da man.

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south mauldin November 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

So the best the Pickens Penishead can do is dig up a rehab stint on you when you were 18? That’s really weak.

Though I don’t agree with your PAC, you appear to be having an effect on a couple of races. Congratulations.

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toyota kawaski November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

all the piss and vinegor i send your way is nothing im sure with trying to get off that spike. I have first hand experince of that as well. Much Luck to ya Fits One day at a Time

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Groundball November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Never trust a man with a “butt chin”!

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debbie November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I knew Wesley was a piece of trash, and so is his trashy wife, in fact the only thing clean about him are the MacBooks that he rents from rent-a-center, I always thought Joel Sawyer was a little less smelly, but I guess he is a piece of trash now too.

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@BozMartin November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

That Martin ain’t none o’ my kin, I’m not even gonna joke that way from now on.

Good for you, getting off the needle, Sic.

Burn that son of a bitch a new one.

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Jeffy01 November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

So you are using money you raised to influence a race where you want a friend to win? Isn’t that what you accused the Speaker of a few hours ago? I’m confused…pot….or is it kettle?
For the record, I’m down with beating all incumbents. So you go….beat Sen Martin, but don’t be mad when others use legal means to influences races…..just like you do Will.

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Good Gravy Man November 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Jeff 01, this is a feel good story for Folks – which may or may not have any basis whatsoever in reality, but the point is a chance for him to show how amazingly honest he is – please don’t intervene with facts or counter arguments. You are going to ruin the self agrandizing mea cupla.

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Earl Crapps November 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Wesley is a closet homo-sexual

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JoeSchmoe November 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Was that Folks standing at the corner in front of the Easley WalMartS at 6pm tonight holding a sign that said Larry Martin was not pro-life?? His wife must have needed to do some shopping for their getaway…..

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ohnonotagain November 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

You have been sober for six years?
Where were you working six years ago?

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Smirks November 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

Alcoholism is a constant battle. Six years sober is a great accomplishment.

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Really SC? November 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Larry Martin did not threaten you. You’re a sorry sack of lying shit.

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Nancy November 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

You don’t just make this kind of shit up – of course he was being threatened!

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Really SC? November 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

You don’t know Will if you don’t think he is making it up.

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Good Gravy Man November 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Really, no would ever make this stuff up? I think S.C. politics is just as lowly as Folks point out, but unfortunately it is not just because of awful politicains which exist while he is the only do-gooder lonely fighting for a worthy cause – it is for all sorts of stuff he routinely delves into. The above story is likely a perfect example.

Tip one in succesful lying. Don’t start out explaning how honest you are (nobody falls for that anymore), go with a real heart felt story about how contrite you are for how all your lies in the past and how its tough to live with but you fight everday to never do that again. “Now, let’s get back to this bridge in San Fran I want to cell you.”

The lies are laced with the truth.

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Smirks November 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

You don’t know Will if you don’t think he is making it up.

Oh, so you know Will, huh? Give us some of this wonderful insight into what kind of person Will is to make shit like that up. Clearly you have examples of other things he’s made up, right? Let’s hear it.

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Perer November 3, 2012 at 3:18 am

I got crabs from Viers and Vicks crab traps.

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LOL smackhead November 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

so you went to rehab when you were 18 but then you jumped back on the wagon snorting coke with tommy ravenel? also, why would that fake c0cksucker mark sanford hire an addict smackhead to be his mouthpiece? did you lie to him or did he knowingly hire an addict? no surprise such a loser got fired for self-admitted woman beating. can you please enlighten everyone as to when you got clean during your many relapses as you have admitted to being a cokehead long after your rehab stint at age 18? PS i love how all your loser cult worshippers are cheering you for being a smackhead LOL. womanbeater will= closet overflowing with skeletons

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@BozMartin November 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

BigT, you’re using a sockpuppet on FITS now, I see.

That’s right. Spread that ignance around liberally, son. It’s way too much to fit on one cracker.

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Smirks November 5, 2012 at 8:27 am

Cult worshipers? Most everyone here has disagreed with FITS on multiple occasions. Then again, most of us aren’t big enough assholes to berate the guy on the kind of shit he went through in his teenage years. People who develop drug habits either kill themselves slowly with it or fight their way out of it and do something with their lives. If you want to be “that guy” that slams Will for being the latter, fuck you.

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Jeffy01 November 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Boz and ignance ….hand in hand

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Hoboken November 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

NH: “Did he cum in my mouth? That’s personal. I won’t tell.”

LM: “I can tell you it was greeeeeaaaaat!”

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gregorybgeddings November 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Embarrassing details? I don’t find anything embarrassing about what Will went through. In March of 1973, I woke up at SC State Hospital on Bull Street with an IV in my arm and a catheter being yanked out of my pecker. Got beat up by the guards, held down, injected with Seconal, fitted for a straight jacket, and tossed in a padded cell.

Ate powdered eggs, drank powdered milk, escaped, returned, beat the shit out of the guard who beat me, repeatedly insulted the doofus staff, disrupted group meetings, and generally made a nuisance of myself.

I was let out after 6 weeks on the condition that I start seeing a shrink…Dr. Ian Gale. You may remember him…of cat burglar fame. A lot of good that did. He was crazier than I was.

If this were a game of one-upmanship I think I got you beat, Will.

Keep up the good work!

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Lance Armstrong November 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Great story. Shows to go you that everyone is somewhat fucked up, including politicians. Larry Martin probably masturbates. Nikki Haley sucks Will Folks’ cock. Thad Viers fucks and then harasses his girlfriend. Somebody-or-other writes pornography about giving blow-jobs on trains in Germany when she’s not teaching Sunday School. Glenn McConnell wears women’s clothes and has sex with other gay men. Larry Craig picks up men in airport bathrooms. Richard Eckstrom threatens his girlfriend and then tries to marry her. Eliot Spitzer sends hookers from New York to fancy Washington DC hotels where he bangs them. Bill Clinton gets blowjobs sitting in the Oval Office at night.

I’m just glad I’m clean.

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Cancerman November 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Larry Martin: A real Dickhead Literately.

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zingzang November 4, 2012 at 12:50 am

Those two ‘consultants’ are pathetic, just making their own clients look bad and even managed to make Will look like the good guy.

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Mark Jeffcoat November 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

This is what makes me sick of the politics of these days. I witnessed a fit of historic proportions back in 1993 from one of the up and coming darlings of the Republican party at a tennis tournament in Columbia. He was 18 years old and was playing a foreign exchange student that was living with us for the year named Jon Henkie. Little did he know that Jon was the German youth champion and he commenced to spank this guy all over the court to the tune of 6-0, 6-1. All through the match he would make John McEnroe look like a quiet guy by comparison with all the bitching and whining and protesting. You could tell this guy had been brought up in a life of privilege and had never been taught the art of sportsmanship. I tell this story to say this….we all do stupid stuff when we are young and yes most of us experimented with stuff we should have left alone. Does that make me any less of a citizen now 35 years later? I think not. It is called maturing. Some do it sooner some do it later. This kid I am talking about is running for the Senate seat in my district. I will vote for him. Not because of what I witnessed back in 93 but because of the things he has done in public service to the county.

Now with regard to Will…..there is still no hope for you dude. :)

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Pamela Simpson November 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Mr. Folks,
I am a citizen of Pickens County and PROUDLY call Senator Martin my senator.
I have read the articles that you have posted about Senator Martin and I have a couple of questions for you.

You and Mr. Rice have repeatedly blasted Senator Martin on his spending and on this pension issue.
There was exactly a 700.00 difference between what Senator Martin spent and what Rice spent during the term that Rice was in the House so who is Rice to cast stones?
Secondly, the SAME pension plan was IN EFFECT AT THE TIME RICE WAS IN THE HOUSE. IF he was so against it, why didn’t he try to stop it when he was IN the legislature?? Why wait until NOW to speak up?
I have had personal experience dealing with Senator Martin on numerous occasions and I will tell you that he honestly cares about his constituents and has ALWAYS had an ear to listen and if it is within his power to help HE WILL.
This is a far cry from a lot of the jerks in Columbia, including YOUR MAN RICE when he was in the house, who act like you should feel honored that they grant you an audience.
That ad is a load of political horse crap but what do I expect when Rice is being endorsed by the former spokesperson for the biggest fraud South Carolina ever had for governor, namely Marshal Mark SanFRAUD.

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James J. Kilpartick November 5, 2012 at 1:04 am

Pamela, you ignorant slut…

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toyota kawaski November 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

Pamela call me i need a gal in the upstate

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Bales November 5, 2012 at 5:08 am

“Why yes, Larry likes my tits and I like his Johnson. His head does get bright when he comes. I mean his head and his face. Oh, you know what I mean.”

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Trevor Bauknight November 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

Still shopping that book?

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UpstateR November 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

Good on you Will. I hope to hell those two douchebag’s, Wesley Donehue and Joel Sawyer, get what’s coming to them. Stupid fucks.

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Pamela Simpson November 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

Well, well, well, Mr. Folks, I guess Pickens County showed you what we thought of your candidate and your little tea party.
If I am correct, Rice conceded the race around 9:00 tonight!!!
And to James Kilpartick; a very educated comment. I bet you have an IQ of 10!

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Pamela Simpson November 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

And to Toyota..no thanks. First of all I am happily married and second of all I prefer a man with an actual IQ.

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