Engaged … Again

SOUTH CAROLINA’S “FINE SPECIMEN” OF A COMPTROLLER GENERAL IS AT IT AGAIN On again … off again.  On again … off again. On again? The toxic (and increasingly annoying) relationship between S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and former GOP Superintendent of Education candidate Kelly Payne is back “on.”  In fact…


On again … off again.  On again … off again.

On again?

The toxic (and increasingly annoying) relationship between S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and former GOP Superintendent of Education candidate Kelly Payne is back “on.”  In fact Payne announced over the Thanksgiving Weekend that she and Eckstrom were engaged … again.

Payne’s Facebook page trumpeted the news … before devolving into a non-stop bombardment of congratulatory messages, nearly every one of which was answered by Payne herself within a few moments of being posted.

For those of you keeping score at home, this is the second time this year that Payne and Eckstrom have publicly announced their engagement.  The first time was in February – although less than two months later the wedding was off.

“It’s sunny and beautiful in Georgetown despite the fact our state comptroller left me stranded 3 hours from home,” Payne wrote on her Facebook page at the time. “Apparently there will be no wedding. Divorced less than 1 week and he already bailed. Unbelievable.”

Sources close to the combative couple say that they have reconciled – and broken up – at least a half-dozen times in the intervening months.

In fact not even a month before the latest engagement announcement, Payne bragged to a friend that she had been “dick free” for twelve days on the advice of a therapist – while two weeks before the latest announcement she claimed that Eckstrom was a “control freak” who was micromanaging her personal finances.

“He’s still an ass,” Payne said of her now-fiancee. “The other controllers roll their eyes at him.”

So why is she marrying Eckstrom?  Theories run the gamut (which is not surprising given the extent to which these two lovebirds are cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs), but the most popular report we’ve heard is that Eckstrom possesses incriminating photos and videos of Payne that he has threatened to make public.

Obviously the release of such photos and videos would likely end Payne’s career as a high school teacher and part-time political activist.

Or maybe not … this is South Carolina, after all.

Eckstrom’s creepy texts and emails to Payne have became the stuff of S.C. political legend – including one in which he referred to himself as a “fine specimen” and another in which he offered to be her “sexual guinea pig.”

Eckstrom was married at the time, although he has since gotten a divorce.

After a high-profile split during the 2010 GOP primary season, Payne and Eckstrom got back together prior to the general election. Of course within weeks of reuniting they became embroiled in yet another public soap opera – this one ending with Payne filing a police report against Eckstrom.  Despite all of this drama, Eckstrom was not only reelected Comptroller in November 2010 – but was placed in command of the South Carolina State Guard last spring.

Eckstrom – who has boasted of other affairs – has not yet said whether he is running for reelection in 2014.


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Darlington Dave November 26, 2012 at 12:35 am

Another SC odd couple. Who cares about the personal life of these two losers? Remind me of Joe and Roxanne Wilson–two bozos who deserve each other.

Sammy November 26, 2012 at 11:54 am


@BozMartin November 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

What kind of a feeble tool has to remind people in a freaking Facebook status update that her boyfriend is comptroller general, even as she is expressing anger at him? Did she think that episode was going to embarrass him any more that all the other sordid ones in their personal history?

I used to think she was kind of attractive. Now it looks like his ugly is rubbing off on her.

And I agree. Keep her the hell away from the kids.

@BozMartin November 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I actually agree with some (not all) of the policies of the SCPC, of which she’s a part. But this woman and her creepy old man and their Jerry Springer courtship are an embarrassment. Plus they are obviously doing the Haley number and living large off the public dime. The hell with that. The SCPC needs to give her the boot. He needs to be replaced ASAP. Then we need no to have to look at either of them again.

AttnIdiot November 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Joe and Roxanne are awesome.

Jeffy01 November 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

Old dude and a drag queen…yawn

here we go again November 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

Eckstrom and Kelly(Lex. Co)
Haley and Will, Larry, and,and, and,(
Frazier and Cynthia(Lex.Co)
Peeler and Donna, and, and(Lex. Co.)
Meyers and Paula(Lex. Co)
Metts and(Lex. Co)
Sickos and plastic women, all in lexington County!
When you run with them, you become one!
Halfacre, Stambolitis, James, Hazel, Wilson.
What is it about Lexington County?

dwb619 November 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Flag bearers of the “family values” party.

Punster November 27, 2012 at 8:14 am

Don’t forget JOE and ROXANNE on that list. A dumbass and an ugly hag.

Moonpie November 26, 2012 at 12:46 am

Gross me out.

Negro November 26, 2012 at 6:03 am

How can she be “dick free” for 12 days? He must have a small dick!

Robert November 26, 2012 at 6:56 am

This bitch is a nut….and sad to think she is involved with kid’s education.

thar she blows November 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

Do blow jobs count as “dick free” or just vaginas?

Embarrassed by officials November 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

As a Republican, I’m embarrassed by the whole mess. We elect some of the most embarrassing sick, perverted, unethical and immorral people:

Jeff November 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

Vick is a Democrat…

Roseanne November 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

You forgot Ard.

Demo lite November 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I’ll swap you a Democrat – Vick for a Republican – Ballentine!
Both go on that list!

interested November 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Demo Lite, what did Ballentine do? Besides having a really big head?

Embarrassed by officials November 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

So sorry, did not intend to leave the DIS-Honorable Lt. Gov. Ard, nor the DIS-Honorable Gov. mark Sanford!
May I offer my apologies for the oversight.

Quinn voter November 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

@Interested feedback: Not sure of if Ballentine was still married to his 1st wife(a teacher) when he started skirtin’ around with another mans wife. The current Mrs. Ballentine. But watch him wave that family values, prayer breakfast flag. Of course this site has him kicking it with the love Gov also. Dirty Deskmates!!

Demo lite November 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Quinn voter answered on target. I wasn’t aware of his prior marriage but not surprised.
Ballentine has tried hard to keep the “affair” under wraps but people are growing tired of his arrogance in his district.

Chapin Charlie November 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

Ballentine loves to wave the “family values” flag but he has none when it comes to skirt chasing and of course the issue of the marriages. . . .What a hippocrite.

Smirks November 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

Meh. Who cares? What matters is how he does his job. He can fuck whoever the hell wants to open their legs for him as long as he isn’t fucking the rest of us.

Rember November 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

Problem is Eckstrom DOES NOT do his job!
….Remember he had his State car changed out for a State VAN, so he could take his entire family on vacation, AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE!
….His SEXUAL HARASSMENT, where the TAXPAYER had to pay a SETTLEMNT!!
….His SCEIS accounting BOONDOGGLE, which has cost the TAXPAYERS MILLIONS , a program which was NOT needed and DOES NOT WORK!
These are only the ones we know about!
A close friend of mine worked with him while he was STATE TREASURER and he says he was a total idiot, could not understand simple issues and was not conceerned about the TAXPAYER AT ALL!!
And he is one of Haley’s most loyal lap dogs!

Dutch Knife November 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

It is increasingly obvious that Eckstrom is still using his office to fund personal trips.
Here is an entry from Payne’s facebook from a recent trip to Cancun with her “friend”
Kelly Payne: My friend had a speaking engagement with the Mexican financial officials. I was able to sit in and listen. I spent a day on my own without him visiting rural schools and walking around off-the-beaten path villages. The people are so kind and beautiful!

It maybe salacious photos and videos, others speculate it’s $$ and access to trips and other politicos that keeps her around this old ball sack!

That said, District 5 should be accessing her employment she is a time bomb. I hope this time the go through with it. They deserve each other.

hhuuhh?? November 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Yeah, but Brad Warthen loves him some Hot Pants Kelly Payne ’cause she invites him to speak to her students every year.

toyota kawaski November 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

and this is the lady? fits supported for Superintendent.

Nurse Mildred Ratched November 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

You are all in need of help.

See me, and I will personally show you what “dick free” really means.

Randle, are you still out there somewhere, dear?

jimlewis,owb November 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

Once again trying to find words to go with Bucket of Warm Spit

Andrew November 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

Did taxpayers pay any of their trip to Cancun the other week? It looked like some kind of government trip?

I’m really not interested in financing their affair as a tax payer.

9" November 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

They look worn out.’Bet he has to go down the old dirt road to feel anything..

jimlewis,owb November 26, 2012 at 9:48 am


Why not run a “guess when they will fuck it up again” contest.

The individual who comes closest to stating the number of days it will take for dickie to kick sand in her vagina (again), will get to pick their choice of one item from your fantastic “Gear” section just in time for a Christmas gift.

Now that the ever lovely voluptuous Tammy Faye Baker look alike is no longer dick free, I will go with 21 days from today’s date which is about the time it will take for dickie’s piss to turn green, again.

SparkleCity November 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

South Carolina STATE Guard??

That is not to be mistaken with the South Carolina NATIONAL Guard

The State Guard is 100% state funded and controled (they MIGHT get a federal bone now & then – surplus equipment, etc).

Example: If the Taliban attempt to hacksaw the the Cooper River Bridge’s suspension cables, the STATE Guard will be there Johnny on the Spot” to keep that from happening.

A number of HIGHLY RESPECTED individuals are a member of the STATE Guard:

Rick Beltram (former head of the Spartanburg Republican Party, power broker, king maker and legend in his own mind) for one…………

He was listed as a lieutenant in the State Guard in the “Community News” section of the Spartanburg H/J a few years back.

With his leadership skills, he’s probably a major by now……….

Bonhoeffer November 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

“Increasingly annoying relationship”… Well, you got that right, particularly to your readers who are subjected to this drivel. So why do we read it? Why do people go to zoos?

? November 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

Ha! It’s the same reason that I occasionally let the wife force me into the mall “shopping” with her. I just sit on benches outside stores and watch the freak show while she does her thing.

jimlewis,owb November 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I used to go the Zoo. After purchasing my food and drink I would go over to the outdoor monkey exhibit, sit on a bench and watch the animal kingdom’s version of the South Carolina Legislature.

For awhile they had a little skinny fucker who would sit down at one end of the pen all alone. Then he would slowly scratch his left ear with his left hand while moving his right hand downward. In the blink of an eye he would shit in his right hand and with the movement and speed of Roger Clemens the shit would go flying all the way across the pen and smack, right up against the head of an unsuspecting monkey.

I nicknamed the shit slinger Leatherpecker in honor of the Great Senator.

On the other end of the pen there were two nasty little fuckers, Bobby and Nathan, who spent most of their time sneaking up behind other monkeys and sticking their finger up their ass. For awhile I thought their motive was to shock their victims until I noticed they would later lick their sticking finger.

One day there was a group of women from the Beaver Lick Hebrew Pentecostal Christian Halfway Church of the Latter Day Saints who wandered over to the monkey pen. Earlier I stood in line with these ladies and warned them about Leatherpecker, Bobby and Nathan but they proclaimed, Lord’s Will Be Done.

The ladies stood right up against the rail mimicking the monkey’s howling. One lady even went so far as to scratch under both arms and make faces at Leatherpecker.

Of course it had to happen. In split second a shitter fastball came out of Leatherpecker’s right hand, glanced off the head of the Beaver Licker playing with her armpits, broke up into several pieces and pretty well fragmented every Beaver Licker in the group.

Old Bobby and Nathan got so excited that they began sticking their own finger up their own ass and licking it.

Nowadays the show is not available.

The Zoo shipped Leatherpecker over to some Taco stand off I-95 near Dillion, Bobby is still at the Zoo but they bought him a remote control airplane that keeps his finger out of other Monkeys‘ asses and Old Nathan is still running around sticking it to anyone he can sneak up on but it just ain’t the same without the other two.

? November 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

“Beaver Lick Hebrew Pentecostal Christian Halfway Church of the Latter Day Saints ”

Your shit is truly priceless sometimes…lol…good one!

interested November 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

jimlewis, you are the king of comedy in this place as far as I am concerned! Awesome. Harpootlian, is that you? i can’t stop laughing.

sweepin November 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

@Jim. Priceless, as usual.

? November 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

If her therapist recommended a dick sabbatical for 12 days she’s probably a nymphomaniac. That sounds fun.

If I was a single man I’d probably do her like Jenny McCarthy: I’d hit it once and run away before catching the “crazies” from her.

Nurse Mildred Ratched November 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

These are the sort of people who put the “FUN” in “dysFUNctional”.

Bill November 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

How many RED FLAGS does Eckstrom need before he realizes he’d be marrying a PSYCHO-BITCH?????

Nurse Mildred Ratched November 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Haven’t you heard that women who are on the verge of a mental breakdown are super-sexy and give the best sexual experience in bed?

Rember November 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Eckstrom run away?
If she cannot see what most see, Eckstrom is a pathetic, sick, perverted little bastard. He should be committed, not elected!

Todd November 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Yeah she’s gross.

You are shittin me November 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

If you’d ever been around the slime ball “little Dickie” Eckstrom for a nanno second; You’d see he is a whale turd!

jan from the office November 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

she reminds me of jan from the office.

Paul November 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

If you are annoyed by their relationship, why are you on Payne’s Facebook page? If you don’t want to read the updates on her Facebook page, don’t go on it or un-friend her. Quite frankly, I think it’s pretty pathetic that you don’t have anything better to write about than Kelly Payne’s love life.

Andrew November 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

It’s click bait for Will for his audience of SC political gossip mongers. Part of the inbred, Columbia political culture. Most high school hallways gossip mills are more interesting.

Payne had Folks & Marchant do consult work for her, too. So there is a personal connection.

Though what, I don’t know, nor really care, but just indicative of the whole thing being a mess.

Payne also made a trip to the Bull Street facility this week, same time as Folks too, I suppose.

bogart November 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

She’s certainly a great role model for her daughter….when a man treats you like dirt,thank him and say “I DO”.

Jeffy01 November 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Seriously….that’s a girl. Totally fooled.

seriously November 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I have a legitimate serious question.
Did the crazy rub off of EEEEckstrom, on he,r or did the CRAZY rub of her, on EEEEckstrom?
Or, was one nuts and the other crazy to begin with and they just gelled into a really screwed up, psycho twosome?
Either way they are both two really F’D up individuals now!
They both need to wear full body condoms!
Can you even begin to imagine any offspring………from HELL!

Smythe November 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Free of “Dick” Eckstrom or free from dick for 12 days? Or free from the Dick AKA Dick Richard Eckstrom?

Definitely think the nympho deal is at work here. Only part of the crazies that have manifested in these two losers.

Seriously, how in the hell could you allow your child to be taught by this skank?

Post Tosties November 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

Smythe, she will be stuck with “Dick” for the rest of her life, or the life of the marriage. However, marrying this clown, she will be free of “dick” until she finds someone on the side (again!).

AttnIdiot November 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Blackmail is a b**ch


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