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Tom Rice Fires Florence Field Rep



U.S. Rep. Tom Rice has fired one of his top political staffers in Florence County, S.C., multiple sources have confirmed to FITS.

Stephanie McLaughlin Rawlinson, a prominent Republican Party activist in left-leaning Florence County, was let go due to what sources are describing as an “internal conflict” with one of Rice’s higher-ranking staffers.

Details regarding the exact nature of the conflict were not immediately available – although we do know Rawlinson was fired by Rice personally after getting into a “heated exchange” with the subordinate.

Drama, drama, drama …

Rice was elected to South Carolina’s newly created seventh congressional district after defeating former “Republican” Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in a GOP runoff election last summer and Democrat Gloria Bromell Tinubu in last fall’s general election.

News of Rawlingson’s firing comes a day before Rice welcomes former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich to South Carolina for a pair of events in his district – including one in Florence.