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On Curtis Bostic’s Absences

First of all let’s state the obvious: It was crazy stupid of former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford to criticize anybody on the issue of public sector attendance. The guy who ditched his state for the Appalachian Trail … err, some Argentine tail … has absolutely no room to talk on…

First of all let’s state the obvious: It was crazy stupid of former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford to criticize anybody on the issue of public sector attendance.

The guy who ditched his state for the Appalachian Trail … err, some Argentine tail … has absolutely no room to talk on this front. And he absolutely should have known better than to bring it up.

Of course we said all that in a previous post … this post is about Curtis Bostic, the candidate who was on the receiving end of Sanford’s criticism. Bostic has been making political hay of Sanford’s charge, pointing out that his wife had cancer – and that staying “home” with her was the reason he missed so many meetings during his time as a big spending liberal on Charleston County council.

“My absence is because I was home taking care of her largely, doing what I should’ve been,” Bostic said during a recent debate.

That’s a damn good excuse … but is it legitimate?

Obviously we’re not disputing the fact Bostic’s wife had cancer (she’s had it twice, actually). But were his absences really related to her care?

Nine of Bostic’s eleven verified absences were due to travel – whether out of town (January 2004, October 2005 and March 2006), out of state (August 2003, August 2007 and February 2008) or out of country (April 2003, January 2007 and May 2007). However only one of those absences referenced a reason for Bostic’s lack of attendance.

Meanwhile two additional absences – in November and December 2008 – make no mention of Bostic’s whereabouts.

Obviously cancer is no joke, and while Charleston, S.C. is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center – we can understand if treatment of his wife’s disease required him to travel out of town, out of state or even out of the country.

But is that what happened here? Or is Bostic using his wife’s cancer as cover? We’ve already busted Bostic in one flat out lie recently … could this be another?

FITS reached out to Bostic’s campaign seeking answers – as we’ve done in the past on various issues – but received no response.

We’ll be sure to let you know if we hear anything …

Sanford and Bostic square off this week for the GOP nomination in the first congressional district – which was vacated earlier this year by newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. The winner will take on Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch in next month’s special election.

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26 comments

shifty henry April 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

If only Nikki had remembered me, and appointed me as Senator —-

—– none of this brou-ha-ha would be going on now.

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shifty henry April 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

If only Nikki had remembered me, and appointed me as Senator —-

—– none of this brou-ha-ha would be going on now.

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Thelma & Marie April 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for the spade work, FITS.

So Bostic was using his wife’s cancer as his excuse for taking business trips?

I suppose those were for depositions and other motions related to his slip-and-fall plaintiff lawyer business.

The hypocrite.

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Thelma & Marie April 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for the spade work, FITS.

So Bostic was using his wife’s cancer as his excuse for taking business trips?

I suppose those were for depositions and other motions related to his slip-and-fall plaintiff lawyer business.

The hypocrite.

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Squishy123 April 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

As an elected official, if something keeps you from performing your elected duties, you resign. You don’t blow off your responsibilities and continue to collect paychecks.

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Vanguard16 April 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Exactly! If his wife is ill, why would he want to purse more responsibility? Oh wait!! The mack daddy of all insurance policy the House and Senate provide them!!

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Squishy123 April 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

As an elected official, if something keeps you from performing your elected duties, you resign. You don’t blow off your responsibilities and continue to collect paychecks.

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Vanguard16 April 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Exactly! If his wife is ill, why would he want to purse more responsibility? Oh wait!! The mack daddy of all insurance policy the House and Senate provide them!!

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Moral Relativism April 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Still think it cheeky for Sanford to highlight anyone’s absences from the workplace! Is that how he intends to go: your absences for my absences, your philandering/infidelity against my philandering/infidelity, your illicit taxpayer funded trips against my illicit taxpayer funded trips,….

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Moral Relativism April 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Still think it cheeky for Sanford to highlight anyone’s absences from the workplace! Is that how he intends to go: your absences for my absences, your philandering/infidelity against my philandering/infidelity, your illicit taxpayer funded trips against my illicit taxpayer funded trips,….

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Karla McGowan April 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Pot calling the kettle black.

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snickering April 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Pot calling the kettle black.

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BigT April 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I TRULY hope that FITS’ flailing at Bostic means Bostic has a shot to kick Sanford’s @$$…

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BigT April 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I TRULY hope that FITS’ flailing at Bostic means Bostic has a shot to kick Sanford’s @$$…

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MBC April 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

That’s pretty low Will…..thankfully your wife is healthy.Obviously I missed something,when did Bostic mention his wife’s illness,to as you said,use it,before the debate in answer to Sanford?

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Smirks April 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

You might try just asking when Bostic’s wife had her bouts with cancer, the campaign may actually respond to that.

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MBC April 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

That’s pretty low Will…..thankfully your wife is healthy.Obviously I missed something,when did Bostic mention his wife’s illness,to as you said,use it,before the debate in answer to Sanford?

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Smirks April 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

You might try just asking when Bostic’s wife had her bouts with cancer, the campaign may actually respond to that.

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Philip Branton April 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Dear Curtis Bostic………

Sir, you really have taken some lumps on the chin. Ol’ Sic Willie has you in the cross-hairs concerning your “absences”..! Well Curtis….what about the absences of Wil Folks on the impact of COAL exports via our Charleston Terminal..?? What about the Post and Courier absences of reported tax revenue impacts from Patriot Mining in West Virginia..??

http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201304010055

Curtis….how much FOREIGN Diesel fuel does it take to get COAL from West Virginia to Charleston SC…??

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Philip Branton April 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Dear Curtis Bostic………

Sir, you really have taken some lumps on the chin. Ol’ Sic Willie has you in the cross-hairs concerning your “absences”..! Well Curtis….what about the absences of Wil Folks on the impact of COAL exports via our Charleston Terminal..?? What about the Post and Courier absences of reported tax revenue impacts from Patriot Mining in West Virginia..??

http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201304010055

Curtis….how much FOREIGN Diesel fuel does it take to get COAL from West Virginia to Charleston SC…??

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James Fleming Jr April 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Like you said slick it was stupid of Sanford to ask the question. Especially if he did not know what the answer was and maybe he did or does but that was a question for someone else to ask.

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James Fleming Jr April 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Like you said slick it was stupid of Sanford to ask the question. Especially if he did not know what the answer was and maybe he did or does but that was a question for someone else to ask.

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9" April 2, 2013 at 1:04 am

really cute guy,and had no idea,down at,granby

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9" April 2, 2013 at 1:15 am

about , 7.5,and THICK,I sucked it into my mouth,then spit it inside his manhole,which he was making it twitch and wink at me;who can resist that?

but what do they A L L want? no kisses,no huggin,just a good blow and then a good ass-fucking; ‘always happy to oblige…

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9" April 2, 2013 at 1:04 am

really cute guy,and had no idea,down at,granby

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9" April 2, 2013 at 1:15 am

about , 7.5,and THICK,I sucked it into my mouth,then spit it inside his manhole,which he was making it twitch and wink at me;who can resist that?

but what do they A L L want? no kisses,no huggin,just a good blow and then a good ass-fucking; ‘always happy to oblige…

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