Tom Rice: The Sellout Begins

WE TOLD YOU SO … While campaigning on behalf of U.S. Rep.-elect Tom Rice (RINO-S.C.) this year, Gov. Nikki Haley told coastal Republicans that the lifelong crony capitalist was a “businessman who will rein in Washington spending,” and “make government smaller.” “I know what Tom Rice will do,” Haley said…


While campaigning on behalf of U.S. Rep.-elect Tom Rice (RINO-S.C.) this year, Gov. Nikki Haley told coastal Republicans that the lifelong crony capitalist was a “businessman who will rein in Washington spending,” and “make government smaller.”

“I know what Tom Rice will do,” Haley said in endorsing Rice. “He’ll fight for us. He’ll make sure that he does the right thing and he’ll support us as we continue to fight the issues in Washington.”

Hmmmmmm …

So how is Rice doing?  Well, he has yet to cast a vote on the floor of the U.S. House (he’s still a Representative-elect at this point), however he is already voting for GOP leadership posts as a member of the incoming “Republican” caucus.

And as we predicted, he’s not off to a strong start …

In fact Rice’s first official vote was to help make sure an extraordinarily close election for the top “conservative” leadership post in the U.S. House went to a moderate … not a conservative.  We’re referring to the race for chairman of the Republican Study Committee – and the defeat of fiscal conservative rock star Tom Graves of Georgia by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Why does this matter?  Because the Republican Study Committee is responsible for staking out fiscal ground to the right of the official “Republican” budget.  If it moves to the left, the whole spectrum shifts.

And move this committee to the left is exactly what Tom Rice just did …

On the most recent Heritage Action scorecards, Graves received a 97 percent rating compared to Scalise’s 81 percent.  Meanwhile Graves scored a 95 percent on The New American‘s Freedom Index, compared to Scalise’s 67 percent.

More problematic for fiscal conservatives, Scalise stated publicly that he believed the Republican Study Committee had failed to effectively work with the GOP leadership – and that he wanted to “reposition” the organization so that it could “get things done” in Washington, D.C.

Of course “get things done” is code for conservative Republicans selling out to the GOP leadership … which itself is busy selling out to Barack Obama.

“I suspect this is the start of a pretty pathetic record,” one fiscally conservative Capitol Hill staffer told FITS.

We agree … in fact we told you so.

“He’ll enter the U.S. Congress as one of the most fiscally liberal Republicans in Washington,” we noted back in August.

So far, Rice is proving us right … and proving Haley wrong.


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johnb November 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Haley is a snake

@BozMartin November 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

That’s a given.

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man! November 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Only in the fantasy world of fits would a hardcore Right W INGER like Steve Scalise be called a “moderate”

Scalise had a 92% “conservative” voting record last year from the American Consevative Unoin

A real moderate there Fits

In other words if someone casts ONE vote fits doesn’t like they are( horrors) a “moderate!”


Justin December 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Actually, Joe Wilson SUCKS. A brainless, mindless moron.

Blago Blutarsky November 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

The problem isn’t that Rice isn’t conservative enough, it is that he is a fucking crook. Was he not part of the “Coastal Kickback?”

Inletman November 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Since it came up, what’s going on with the investigation? Have to think that if it is still in progress that it will be huge when it all comes down.

@BozMartin November 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm


@BozMartin November 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I’m hearing that is it still in the works, Inletman. And yes, it is likely to be huge indeed.

Right then December 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

“I’m hearing that is it still in the works, Inletman. And yes, it is likely to be huge indeed.”

Dream on, Boz.

Perer December 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

Coastal Kickback? Shit, Elliot Ness bagged Capone faster than this so-called investigation.

@BozMartin December 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

Perer: Is that you, Earl?

That argument was weak the first time you made it, and it got weaker with the next several repetitions.

What the FBI did back in the day with mobsters like Capone and what the IRS FBI and DOJ do these days in these kinds of investigation are in no way related. These kinds of probes typically take at least 2 years, and sometimes 4 to 5. It’s a fact.

I personally know people who have been interviewed within the past few months, some for the second or third time. Yet the mouthpieces for the “MB Mafia” were saying just a couple of years ago that it was all over.

Some say Rice has the power now to get it called off. That’s nonsense. He doesn’t have that power. Neither do his patrons Clyburn and Graham.

Give it a rest, man. Nobody’s buying the bullshit.

Flounder November 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Haley’s got the “don’t want to swallow” look.

bob November 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Boz don’t expect to much from that investigation. Just like hembree never tried hilton. Did you see how much Democratic money Hembree got? Too much money and power. Nothing out of those investigations.

Don’t expect too much out of Rice, he can’t even dress right while campaigning (blue tie instead of red) Good thing is, is that Rice will probably give up after 2 or 3 terms. He will find out that it is too much for him.

@BozMartin November 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

These people have a feudal mindset. They believe it is their right to forever be the lords over us all. People will not stand for that shit forever, and their overreaching will be their downfall. Rice grew up in the same middle-class neighborhood as me, about a block away. But early on he started sucking up to the so-called “old money” (which in MB mostly means rich people who moved here in the ’50s.) Rice is their stooge, and basically a very dim-witted one at that. He is used to doing as he is told by his masters. But they have put him in a place where he is out of his element. Back home the vassals and serfs are restless. They are people who know where the bodies are hidden, and he has pissed some of them off in a major way. And his most visible political patron in DC is Lindsay Graham – who himself faces a very uncertain future for various reasons. >>>>>>>

@BozMartin November 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

It’s a company town, and everyone who gets anywhere in business and politics (which are inexorably intertwined here) owes his/her soul to the company sto. So they are deferential. It’s almost a plantation mentality. People here are literally terrified of these swaggering bullies. The fuck with people’s lives in a major way if they don’t go along to get along. It is by no means about Republicans vs. Democrats, either. They are both. This is true of political machines throughout the state, to some degree, but perhaps more so here than any place else. All you have to do is trace the donation to Rice, educate yourself on the party affiliations of the doners and it’s clear that he had more support from Dems than Repubs in his rise to congress.

But local power HERE in this collection of small beach towns and a few old inland ones does not mean major power THERE, and he is not powerful enough as a freshman congressman to forestall what is coming. The IRS is in the lead now, not the FBI. The people behind Rice fudged in a big way on tax money owed on donations in the Coastal Kickback, and the donations were suspicious as hell from the beginning. >>>>>

@BozMartin November 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

It’s one thing to talk about how a corrupt clown like Hembree is shielded by these people, but foolish to suggest that a 3-year investigation in which the IRS has taken the lead in a big way will yield nothing.

ANY significant result from the fed probe will wound Rice, and will make him so vulnerable in two years beating him will be a cake-walk for a savvy contender with guts, determination, an excellent ground game, and a staff with excellent strategic and technical skills.

Rice may well prove to the the undoing of Graham as well.

Think about it.

@BozMartin November 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I should have said “It’s one thing to talk about how a murdering drunk like Hilton can be shielded by corrupt clowns like Greg Hembree and Dick Harpootlian …”

Uncle Willie November 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Well, shucks, they elect a guy who is a bidness man supported by the business community and you expecting him to act on principle?

P.Diddy December 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

He will still be better the Ms. Tinubu. You would be better off in the long run with the “crook” than her who is supposedly for the common person – her bunch will really screw us over and try to brainwash us into thinking she’s done something good for us. At least you know with the “crook”, he’s gonna try to screw us over and laugh at us!!!

@BozMartin December 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

WRONG! Rice will not be better than a festering carbuncle on Jake Knotts’ crooked racist ass. Attitudes like yours and BigT’s are what keeps these bastards in power. They count on your limited ability to process facts, reason effectively and vote strategically. Strategic voting to achieve a short-term goal and pave the way for a more solid long-term one in two years as a reason for a conservative to vote for an opposition candidate is obviously a foreign concept to whatever passes for brains in your pointy little head. It was, quite obviously, the raison d’etre for resistance to Rice within Republican ranks here.

If we allow attitudes like yours to prevail we doom ourselves to continue to be ruled and misrepresented by these hopelessly greedy, arrogant and corrupt petty mandarins for all eternity – and we doom the people of the district to be forever mired in ignorance and poverty. >>>>

@BozMartin December 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

Much of what you THINK you know about Gloria Tinubu is the bullshit put out on her by Wetsel’s weasels on behalf of Rice. It has nothing to do with who she really is. If you imagine she was a tool of Jim Clyburn, for example, you have it dead wrong. If you imagine she had any serious support from the Obama administration, you are wrong as well – due in no small part to how hard he and Dick Harpootlean fought make the Myrtle Beach Mafia’s Dem ringer Preston Brittain their nominee after they helped scuttle the chances of Ted Vick.

The propaganda put out on the Working Families Party ignores the fact that their reputation for working across party lines for real solutions has put them in poor standing with the far left of the Democratic Party. I chose to support her out of principal, and remain proud that I did so. Part of it for me was the “crook exception” to supporting only Republican candidates, and part of it was getting to know her, looking deeper into her background than others have done, and meeting with her personally and getting a sense of her heart and commitment. Others in the party chose the strictly strategic voting route.

Whatever, it weakened Rice’s lead considerably, and his resulting relatively meager margin of victory underscores how vulnerable he really is.

@BozMartin December 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

Obviously, I made the choice to support her, in spite of being a Republican who leans fiscal conservative/libertarian. Unlike my foolish choice to support and vote for the abysmally dishonest, vengeful and incompetent Nikki Haley, I have no regrets whatsoever.

Do I have policy differences with her? Absolutely. But I recognize that where it really matters, at the district level, she would have been far more representative of the people than Rice, who represents only the elites who “create” jobs that insure that people have to work two of them and sometime three to avoid slipping into abject poverty.

What you have now, obviously, is a left-leaning faux conservative who will be a rubber-stamp in congress for whatever Graham wants and who will represents the very worst of “bipartisanship” in every way. Plus he is dishonest, crooked mush-mouthed goober.

Maybe he’s what you deserve as a congressman, but damned if I will ever think that little of myself.

@BozMartin December 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

/// If you imagine she had any serious support from the Obama administration, you are wrong as well – due in no small part to how hard he and Dick Harpootlean fought [for Preston Brittain] ///

I did not mean to imply that Obama himself fought for Preston Brittain. That was done by Clyburn and Harpootlian and others on the Dem side of the corrupt SC Dem-Repub fuck-over-the-people machine. Obama himself didn’t really do shit one way or the other, as he’d long since written off SC.

P. Diddy December 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

Damn, I believe I struck a nerve!

Sailor December 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

I wish Boz would tell us what he really thinks!!

@BozMartin December 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Maybe so, but you also got a heavy slathering of unvarnished reality right there.

What is my personal dog in this fight, some might ask, other than loving my home town and Horry county (home of my ancestors and a legion of kin) and despising the most public face of those who have defiled, debased and damn near destroyed it, Trillion Dollar Tom Rice? Well, try this:

Rice “personally personalized” it all for me by allowing either one of both of his thuggish sons, or his hateful wife or his attack-dog of private secretary or his Democrat Obamba-loving daughter-in-law (all employed by his campaign, in true nepotistic fashion) to attack me on Facebook with lies and slanderous innuendo using his name. This was after attacks on Twitter by his brother and on both Twitter and Facebook by a particularly vicious “rapper” buddy of one of his sons named “Salvdor”.

The latter attacks, by a total moron who does not know me in any way, included outrageous allegations of sexual abuse of my own daughter. Even after being confronted by me and by a well-respected Republican consultant (then working in another race in another state) on how unprofessional and un-congressional that was, Tom (in what I knew to be a message directly from him) doubled-down in his support for those attacks.

Whatever thoughts I might have had about backing off of my own attacks on him dissipated at that time. He is a nasty piece of work, despite all his phoney posturing as a good Christian and pillar of the community. Shit, he didn’t even go to church for many years, or even register to vote in MB until he was hand-picked by the Brittains and Doug Wendel for HCC chairman, as preperation for – in his words, him to “bring the trophy home to Myrtle Beach” by becoming SC7 congressman. His hands are far from clean in most of the Coastal Kickbacks doings, NOBODY has done more to ruin the local economy, and his family is far from the ideal of upstanding Republican values he seeks to project for them. And those he serves are cold-blooded polical terrorists in a protracted “top-down” campaign of class warfare.

I hope FITS, in his best attack-dog mode, stays on Rice like stink on shit. And I hope the feds eventually nail his sorry crooked ass to the wall.

I sincerely hope I have not sugar-coated this message too much. I admit that sometimes I just too nice of a guy for my own good. ;)

Perer December 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

Boz, we’ve heard they called you a motherfucker, but failed to disclose whose mother and how much she/they liked it. Is this true?

@BozMartin December 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

That is quite true. Fact is, I may have actually fucked more than one of their mothers back in the day, but I’m reasonably sure that I did not father any of them. If anybody wants to claim otherwise, I will go on Maury and take the test.

bob December 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Boz, stay strong. maybe karma will finally get Rice, Wendall and the Brittains.

@BozMartin December 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Your keyboard to God’s ear, bob.

marty December 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Put a little gravy on that rice.

Inletman December 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thanks Boz. We need to hear what is going on in this county. One can only hope that someone is looking out for the “people”.

gotcha goober December 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm Reply
Ken E. December 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

“In 2011, Graves and a business partner (state Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers) were accused of defaulting on a $2.2 million bank loan for a real estate investment. Attorneys for Graves argued that the bank had been at fault for loaning him money that they knew he couldn’t repay, making the signed personal guarantees invalid. Graves and his partner were no longer involved with the company used to take out the loan after transferring ownership to another party in 2009. The new owner (the hotel’s former manager) agreed to purchase the company and its real estate and debt from Graves and Rogers for $10,000 but says they never actually required him to pay them anything. The default on Graves’ loan contributed significantly to the collapse of the Bartow County Bank (the small community bank which loaned the $2.2 million to Graves). The bank’s collapse and liquidation cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation $69.5 million

Sounds like a real winner there, FITS. A good steward of our tax dollars.

Philip Branton December 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Ah, …yes……the “Art of Tom Rice WAR..!”


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