The Candace Bessinger Text Message Gold Mine

On the heels of the indictment of former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers on burglary and petit larceny charges, FITS has obtained a treasure trove of incriminating messages from the cell phone of his accuser – barbecue heiress Candace Bessinger. And while the messages may not necessarily absolve Viers of guilt…

candace bessinger

On the heels of the indictment of former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers on burglary and petit larceny charges, FITS has obtained a treasure trove of incriminating messages from the cell phone of his accuser – barbecue heiress Candace Bessinger.

And while the messages may not necessarily absolve Viers of guilt – they paint a damning picture of his accuser.

According to a flood of text messages sent from (and to) Bessinger’s cell phone, FITS has discovered that the mercurial blond hottie actually initiated contact with Viers (and solicited contact from him) long after she went to the police and accused him of stalking her. On multiple occasions she even hinted at the possibility of reconciling with the former Horry County lawmaker.

(Click hereherehereherehere and here to bring yourself up to speed on our prior coverage of these two star-crossed toxic lovers. Oh … and click here too, but only if you’re nasty).

Yet while Bessinger kept Viers on a string, her text messages to and from others revealed the extent to which she was playing him the whole time – including a message to a donor of one of his political rivals in which she says “you will have your wish and (Viers’ alleged harassment) will be made public.”

Not only that, the text messages reveal Bessinger was engaged in a romantic relationship with this individual – who has been identified by FITS as a campaign contributor to one of Vier’s former congressional rivals, ex-S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Who? This guy …


Pic: FEC

In fact there’s even one text message in which this Bauer contributor – Garden City, S.C. “hotelier” Chris Johnston – references Bessinger lying to police.

“You hadn’t told the detective the truth,” he writes.


FITS attempted to contact Johnston via cell phone but received the following reply …

Do not attempt to contact me again. Any further attempt to contact me in any form by you, your representatives, employees or anyone you give the #, which you shouldn’t have, will be considered harassment & all appropriate action will be taken. Again, just so we are clear,  DO NOT CONTACT ME BY ANY MEANS EVER AGAIN.

Well, well … testy, testy …

Both Viers and Bauer were candidates for the South Carolina seventh congressional district seat which was won in 2012 by Tom Rice. Viers was an early favorite for the seat, but was forced to drop out of the race after his January 2012 arrest for “stalking” Bessinger. Two months later, Viers resigned his seat in the S.C. State House.

Bauer eventually made it to a runoff election against Rice, but lost the election when S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who initially endorsed Viers’ candidacy – threw her support behind Rice.

Thus far absolutely no evidence has been uncovered to suggest Bauer knew about his supporter’s communications with Bessinger.

At this point, though, one thing is clear … there is much, much more than meets the eye to the saga of Thad and Candy.  How much more? Well, we were provided more than 4,100 text messages – and those are just the texts retrieved from one of Bessinger’s two cell phones.

Take a look …

candy cane texts

Stay tuned … obviously we will have much, much MUCH more on this story in the days to come.


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CoolAireHeights January 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm

God, what flotation devices… hope she’s around if ever begin to drown!

shifty henry January 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

… otherwise, it’s the old adage, “nearer the bone, sweeter the meat”

Original Good Ole Boy January 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

They look ridiculous. I don’t care how small or what her tits used to look like, but they HAD to be better than this.

? February 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

The notion of “proportion” is a totally obscure concept to her.

Let us remember though, some jackal plastic surgeon in “consultation” said “Yea, double D’s on a C frame(tops) will look good on you-and it will only cost $1000 more”.

$10 says that some of these plastic surgeons leave their patient consultation rooms barely able to control their laughter.

It used to be that you could dress up like a clown pretty easily by simply wearing a clown ball nose, big floppy shoes, & face paint.

Candice has shown that you can ditch the ball nose and swap the big floppy shoes for big fake tits while keeping the face paint and accomplish the same thing.

ceilidh10 February 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

If those flotation devices were available on the Titanic, loss of life would have been minimal.

Original Good Old Boy February 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

Agreed ?. Generally, big fake tits do not look good on small frames and narrow shoulders.

Raspy February 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I’m with Original Good Ole Boy on this one. They DO look ridiculous. I’d rather have a chick with small boobs and hard (as in end joint of your thumb) nipples than one who looks as obviously fake as this does.

dwb619 February 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

She needed to balance out her nose.

shifty henry January 31, 2013 at 9:25 pm

…. interesting that phone numbers are shown in the photo – I would sure hate to be the new subscriber to any of them!

Speaker of Truth January 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Lying to cops about somebody stalking you is probably a bad idea..

Low County Activist January 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm

This is WHOREable news for her credibility!

This women is literally unstable. This news shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Rule #1 in life…… Never trust someone whose parents gave them a stripper name at birth. Unfortunate.

popcorn sutton January 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm

i suddenly crave bbq

shifty henry January 31, 2013 at 9:53 pm

….what? — (b)ig (b)oobed (q)ueen ?

Star of the West. Jan 9, 1861 January 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Not that hot…and who the fck is Thad Viers? Why does anyone care?

shifty henry January 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm

… the joy of it—-

I love women’s breasts, of all shapes and sizes,

From grievous disappointments, to jubilant surprises.

Not Political January 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Somebody will go to jail over this and I doubt it will be Viers.

same ol' same ol' January 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Yeah, sounds like a dumb blonde tryin’ to make good.
Don’t know Thad, but I can see why he fell for her, I mean, even if he did buy the tits, they are nice. She got a nice tight lookin’ bod. (no offense meant, just observin’) Hope he got to play with them enough. She ain’t too bad, but smarts don’t seem to run in the fam.
Good god, 4100 txt msgs? Over how much time? There’s got to be a wealth of incriminating evidence in there.

Panther February 1, 2013 at 12:15 am

So Thad got royally fucked more ways than one.

With tits like that, maybe she could get some pointers on succeeding in prison life by watching the classic flick “Reform School Girls”.

shifty henry February 1, 2013 at 6:13 am

… my friends tell me that she may like films from these video producers—


Truth Digger February 1, 2013 at 1:02 am

I hear that Chris guy has money…..

Now I ain’t sayin’ she’s a gold digger, but she ain’t messin’ with no broke (gentleman)…

interested February 1, 2013 at 6:11 am

I’d like to see that vindictive, snarky, petty asshole blonde do time for this. Totally hope she learns some hard lessons in SCDC. hard lessons.

Robert February 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

The whole thing is hilarious. And while she isn’t a “doll”, those mamms are glorius.

shifty henry February 1, 2013 at 7:50 am

……… does anybody know who put this girl up to this – does she have the brains to do this on her own?

Inletman February 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

I’m not so sure “brains” had anything to do with this. I think two people had an obsession that altered all real thought processes.

james the foot soldier February 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

“does she have brains to do this on her own”?

From the coverage to date no jury will convict her on this count due to:
She’s Bessinger’s daughter…enuff said…case dismissed.

ceilidh10 February 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

The sad thing is, those flotation devices may end up leaking when she is older, causing great pain and suffering. Women suffer from this all the time. I have known a small number to become disabled as a result. But for now, she is young and pretty and rich………..

Kim Jung Numba Un February 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

Its a Great Day In South Carolina.

Neil February 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

How exactly did they get these texts?

Blah Blah Blah February 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I was wondering the same thing. Fits, how were you able to access those text messages? Through FOIA?

Mike at the Beach February 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm

C’mon man… you can’t request records attendant to a private phone pursuant to FOIA. These had to have been leaked to Will by someone.

Billy K Mulligan February 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

Think I saw here in Greenville at Twin Peaks opening beer bottles with her honker.

bucket February 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

as a friend of mine says when a man goes this crazy for this long, it “must be a snapper.” I say “snapper hell! It must be able to peck corn.”

Anonymous February 1, 2013 at 11:27 am

That’s pretty funny but only a few guys here will get it. also, her boobs are well in proportion to her nose. That is one honker. I feel sorry for her homely ass.

Dice Man February 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

This is a textbook example of politics in the Palmetto State – Redneck Riviera-style. The leading candidate gets taken out before the primaries.

Ol’ Thad will get his day in court and should prevail.

Candace will walk…… not because she of her name but rather her mental incapacity. It should be obvious to all that her brains have been fuched out.

james the foot soldier February 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

“the leading candidate”???

bwaaaa haaaa haaaa

To the inbred mouth breathing throng that fill Williams-Brice for thrashings of the Terriers season after pitiful season perhaps.


Dice Man February 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm


Thad had the “machinery” for a pretty substantive run. Haley could not get involved with him in the race.

shifty henry February 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

…. just can’t restrain my assessment — boobs too large for her slender body (which is extremely alluring) and she appears to be wearing a pair of those gag sunglasses with the nose attached (she must have discarded the mustache – or Thad turned her upside down and chewed it off by mistake) — just one man’s opinion

Fleet February 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

She has a nose?

kc February 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

“Well, we were provided more than 4,100 text messages – and those are just the texts retrieved from one of Bessinger’s two cell phones.”

Hm, Viers just got indicted for, among other things, stealing her cell phone.

Where’d you get those text messages, Folks?

huh? February 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

OMG, she looks like her grandfather, Maurice.

Raspy February 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I wonder if Maurice is a cross-dresser.

Ghost of JEdgarHoover February 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Shet yo’ mouf! Oh, please excuse me, I was carried away. What I meant to say is, “SSSSHHHHHHHH.”

2big2fall February 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Maurice Bessinger? I had a run in with him way back in the mid-70’s. I had just moved from West Columbia to Charleston after graduating from Carolina. I was making a little extra cash by purchasing around 75-100 pounds of fresh Carolina white shrimp from the docks at Shem Creek and hauling butt up the interstate to Columbia once a week where I would make a small profit delivering fresh shrimp to restaurants and individual customers.

It was cash on delivery for everyone except Maurice. He told me the first time I met him that he would only do business with me if he could pay me the following week for the previous week’s order. I told him that I would need to get that in writing. He righteously told me that he wouldn’t do business with a man who didn’t accept his handshake as his word and that he didn’t need no stinkin’ contract to do the right thing. I reluctantly agreed and we shook hands.

This system worked well for about two months until Maurice decided to experiment with the product by slathering barbecue sauce all over it. Needless to say he was left with about 25 pounds of shrimp that nobody in his right mind would eat.

The next time I went up there he refused to pay me for the shrimp he ruined and he tried to hand me two big bags full of rotten barbecue shrimp as credit on the amount owed. I told him that I was not responsible for his failed cooking experiments and that he needed to pay the amount owed as agreed.

He smirked and asked me if I had our agreement in writing. I reminded him that he said we didn’t need a written agreement as per his insistence that his handshake was his bond. He just laughed. I can’t remember exactly what transpired after that. I think I called him a crooked asshole or something to that effect. He made a point to pull back his coat to reveal a revolver tucked into his waist band and told me to get off his property.

In all fairness, however, this incident may have occurred before old Maurice found Jebus or some horned beast pretending to be Jebus. Crooked son of a bitch.

Guero February 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

2Big: Your post has the ring of truth to it. Maurice had an ill-fated all-you-can-eat buffet back then and there were some barbecue sauce abominations. The oysters smothered in mustard sauce were particularly scary organic matter with the shrimp being a close second. As I recall, he had bbq slathered vegetables too!

MPATiger February 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

The gift that keeps on giving!

BIN News Editorial Staff February 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

When our Funding Editor read this scr@p she laughed so hard she puked her third triple Black Jack and Metamucil cocktail into her pantyhose.

What a mess. She is waiting to see if sic(k) willie actually has any of the texts, or is this another willie scam?

BTY, sic(k) willie, when will your book be published?

We’ve been waiting, and waiting and waiting and waiting……..

Jubul Foster February 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Are we in SC not the dumbest motherfuckers on the planet?

a. Lacking the power of speech. Used of animals and inanimate objects.
b. Often Offensive Incapable of using speech; mute. Used of humans. See Usage Note at mute.
2. Temporarily speechless, as with shock or fear: I was dumb with disbelief.
3. Unwilling to speak; taciturn.
4. Not expressed or articulated in sounds or words: dumb resentment.
5. Nautical Not self-propelling.
6. Conspicuously unintelligent; stupid: dumb officials; a dumb decision.
7. Unintentional; haphazard: dumb luck.

Jon Frey, Richmond Computer February 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm

We shouldn’t be shocked. I’ve been in the SMS text message-to transcript business for over six months now, and dirt like this comes in the door every week for divorce and child custody cases here in the Philadelphia market, though we take requests nationwide.

My firm adds an added flare to the transcript process: 80% of those that come to us “accidentally” deleted the text messages they want to use in a litigation matter. In the case of iPhones, that’s not a problem 50% of the time. What we can’t figure out is, if your spouse, girlfriend, etc. sent you flaming text messages, and things are going off the rails, why delete them?

Dominck(3 Fingers)Tomesselio February 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

Youse are amazing Fitz. Keep up the good work.

Dominck(3 Fingers)Tomesselio February 2, 2013 at 7:17 am

Yo Fitz, youse done good, man!

Shadow of EricHolder February 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

Mr. Tomasellio:

Please do not enter this site and attempt to intimidate other posters. We know you are a scary-looking person, but what freaks out people is not just your street name (3 Fingers) but the fact that you do have 10 fingers, but 7 are on your left hand.

By the way, do your remember the summer after your junior year in college, when you had a job in Venice as a gondolier? You paddled those blonde Swedish girls wherever and whenever they wanted you to? We have that paddle!

Ghost of JEdgarHoover February 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

Yes, Mr. Tomasselio, we know all about you.

My files show that you are a direct descendent of one Jocasta Romaine Tomasselio (1856 – 1919) who was an enterprising harlot with pioneer gumption and a trick pelvis. She actually ran the best little whorehouse on the Bighorn.

Aside from this, not much else was noteworthy, except perhaps for the fact that she was General Custer’s last one-night stand.

I have her sign-in book!

PS: Mr. Holder, you have the paddle? Call me – please!

shifty henry February 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

….. doesn’t she have a job at the courthouse? — too far back check — anybody know about this?


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