Corrupt S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston) currently finds himself in the fight of his political life … and the embattled legislative leader is reaching for every lever he can find in his bid to hang onto power.
Facing a criminal probe over a host of ethical lapses – and calls for his resignation – Harrell has embarked on a no-holds barred effort to silence his critics (and reward his allies). His latest attempt to purchase loyalty? “Sponsorships” for his S.C. House “Republican” Caucus in the programs of county party conventions.
Except these sponsorships are really advertisements for Harrell – as well as a chance to ingratiate himself with county party leaders.
“I would like to enquire (sic) about being a part of your County Convention,” a caucus staffer wrote recently to local party chairmen. “Please let me know what the cost would be to have a prominent advertisement for our House Speaker Bobby Harrell placed in the print version of County Convention handout/program. Thank you in advance and I look forward to working with you on this. Please get back with me as soon as you can so we can work out the details of the sponsorship.”
“Details of the sponsorship,” eh?
Hmmmm … talk about an “offer they can’t refuse.”
Sources familiar with the solicitations acknowledged they were sent out “earlier than usual,” but added “there’s no conspiracy.”
Yeah … because God forbid anybody ascribe a self-serving motivation to one of the most self-serving politicians this state has ever seen.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how many county parties take Harrell up on his offer.
“I would like to see how many county (parties) are for sale,” one source mused.