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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…

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.

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72 comments

jimlewisowb April 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Since you provided no captions with the photo am I to assume that Ms. Rawlinson is the one in the middle wearing the brown suit

If so, then she should be fired. No self respecting woman would wear a brown suit with a white blouse.

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Right April 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

+1

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

She’s the one on the left

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Stephanie is the one with glasses on her head. She resigned. Check scnow.com

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Hester May 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

Riiiiiiiggggghhhhhhtttttt.

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jimlewisowb April 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Since you provided no captions with the photo am I to assume that Ms. Rawlinson is the one in the middle wearing the brown suit

If so, then she should be fired. No self respecting woman would wear a brown suit with a white blouse.

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Right April 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

+1

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

She’s the one on the left

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Stephanie is the one with glasses on her head. She resigned. Check scnow.com

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Hester May 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

Riiiiiiiggggghhhhhhtttttt.

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Gillon April 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

So Florence County is “left-leaning”, and yet of all the counties in the state, Newt Gingrich chose it for one of two appearances. Either he’s getting a handsome honorarium or I need to go back and check the definition of “non seguitur.”

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darksied calling April 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

i imagine a there is a certain district chairman who is smiling from ear to ear. let me just say mr chairman somehow you were right in your prediction again.

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Gillon April 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

So Florence County is “left-leaning”, and yet of all the counties in the state, Newt Gingrich chose it for one of two appearances. Either he’s getting a handsome honorarium or I need to go back and check the definition of “non seguitur.”

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darksied calling April 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

i imagine a there is a certain district chairman who is smiling from ear to ear. let me just say mr chairman somehow you were right in your prediction again.

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C-dog April 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

A black cloud follows her.

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

that woman is always near drama, finds it too it seems!

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C-dog April 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

A black cloud follows her.

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

that woman is always near drama, finds it too it seems!

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matt April 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

First firing 100 or so day into his first term and the first firing…things not looking too bright for Tom Rice and Chief of Staff Tyler Grassmeyer…FAIL

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Buzz kill May 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

The problem was he hired her in the first place. It’s called “check the references.”

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matt April 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

First firing 100 or so day into his first term and the first firing…things not looking too bright for Tom Rice and Chief of Staff Tyler Grassmeyer…FAIL

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Buzz kill May 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

The problem was he hired her in the first place. It’s called “check the references.”

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Buz Martin April 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

She should be grateful for having been thrown out of the snake pit.

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Boz Martin April 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

She should be grateful for having been thrown out of the snake pit.

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? April 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I’ll bet it was over donuts.

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? April 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I’ll bet it was over donuts.

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Bill Pickle April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

The Republicans are not left leaning and we are gaining ground in Florence County. With a little cohesiveness and if more Republicans decide to get actively engaged in building the party we will make the turn to “Republican County” in the not so far future.

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Bill Pickle April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

The Republicans are not left leaning and we are gaining ground in Florence County. With a little cohesiveness and if more Republicans decide to get actively engaged in building the party we will make the turn to “Republican County” in the not so far future.

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Mary Kirby White April 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

What’s up with that?

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Mary Kirby White April 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

What’s up with that?

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lady gop April 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

don’t know where you got your sources but Stephanie wasn’t fired she resigned due to very serious family problems. she has also said she intends to take a little time off but that she will be back in the Florence GOP when things get better.

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ScrewedNSC April 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Is she getting a divorce?

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NoSurpriseHere! May 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

PC response here…family problems you say?? nonsense

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lady gop April 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

don’t know where you got your sources but Stephanie wasn’t fired she resigned due to very serious family problems. she has also said she intends to take a little time off but that she will be back in the Florence GOP when things get better.

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ScrewedNSC April 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Is she getting a divorce?

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NoSurpriseHere! May 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

PC response here…family problems you say?? nonsense

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ScrewedNSC April 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Did she steal the office sign when she left?

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ScrewedNSC April 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Did she steal the office sign when she left?

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Rando Commando April 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Couldn’t have happened to a finer person…

Wait, is today opposite day? Now if we can just get her out of the state all together, we’d be in good shape!

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Rando Commando April 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Couldn’t have happened to a finer person…

Wait, is today opposite day? Now if we can just get her out of the state all together, we’d be in good shape!

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hey, there may be hope for ‘ol Tom Rice after all!

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hey, there may be hope for ‘ol Tom Rice after all!

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

She needs to stay out of Florence Politics! Wasn’t she already mixed into the Ken Ard scandal???

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

She needs to stay out of Florence Politics! Wasn’t she already mixed into the Ken Ard scandal???

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

The lady on the right is a doll! To bad her picture is associated with the unemployed drama queen!

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Buz Martin May 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

I’ve met her in person, and to my eye is more attractive than the photo would indicate – but “doll” in that sense might be a bit hyperbolic. She is most certainly NOT a “doll” in manners and general demeanor. She’s a total control-freak, who orders people around who are not even employed by her boss. Infamous for that, in fact.

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SCwoman May 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Buzz you must need glasses! The woman you are talking about is in Myrtle Beach named Jennifer, always with Tom Rice, blonde, always has a ponytail in her hair, runs the show in South Carolina.

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NoSurpriseHere! April 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

The lady on the right is a doll! To bad her picture is associated with the unemployed drama queen!

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Boz Martin May 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

I’ve met her in person, and to my eye is more attractive than the photo would indicate – but “doll” in that sense might be a bit hyperbolic. She is most certainly NOT a “doll” in manners and general demeanor. She’s a total control-freak, who orders people around who are not even employed by her boss. Infamous for that, in fact.

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SCwoman May 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Buzz you must need glasses! The woman you are talking about is in Myrtle Beach named Jennifer, always with Tom Rice, blonde, always has a ponytail in her hair, runs the show in South Carolina.

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Buz Martin April 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Word is the problem was between the woman on the left and the woman on the right. I will say no more at this time.

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Buz Martin April 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Except that the woman on the right (our right) is almost the meanest snake in the pit. Wrenzie beats her by a mile, though.

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

The other lady is Pamela Ratliffe. You have obviously mistaken her for somebody else! She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body!

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Wrenzie Rice is a very nice lady.

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Sara April 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm

You must be thinking of Rene.

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

No, there was no problem between Stephanie and Pam.

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Boz Martin April 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Word is the problem was between the woman on the left and the woman on the right. I will say no more at this time.

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Boz Martin April 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Except that the woman on the right (our right) is almost the meanest snake in the pit. Wrenzie beats her by a mile, though.

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

The other lady is Pamela Ratliffe. You have obviously mistaken her for somebody else! She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body!

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Wrenzie Rice is a very nice lady.

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Sara April 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm

You must be thinking of Rene.

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

No, there was no problem between Stephanie and Pam.

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

The other lady is Pam. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body! She is a sweetheart!

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NoSurpriseHere! May 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm

agreed

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Mark April 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

The other lady is Pam. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body! She is a sweetheart!

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NoSurpriseHere! May 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm

agreed

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EarlInaPlusSizedDress May 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

I heard she kept eating everyone else’s food in the office refrigerator even though people properly labeled their food “Do not eat, Stephanie this means you!!”

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EarlInaPlusSizedDress May 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

I heard she kept eating everyone else’s food in the office refrigerator even though people properly labeled their food “Do not eat, Stephanie this means you!!”

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ElephantLady May 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I’m not sure if it’s actually anyone’s business to speculate over someone else’s job status. Both Stephanie and Pam did wonderful things for Tom Rice’s campaign. Pam is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. And as for Wrenzie, you clearly haven’t spent even two seconds around her if you have something ill to say about her. She’s probably the most respectable woman I know. If any of you are involved in the Florence GOP or the Republican party at all, you should be ashamed of yourselves. This party doesn’t need any division from within. We’re attacked from outside our party enough.

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NoSurpriseHere! May 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Your right, FCGOP doesn’t need any more drama! Getting this woman off the scene will likely help it a lot!

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ElephantLady May 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I’m not sure if it’s actually anyone’s business to speculate over someone else’s job status. Both Stephanie and Pam did wonderful things for Tom Rice’s campaign. Pam is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. And as for Wrenzie, you clearly haven’t spent even two seconds around her if you have something ill to say about her. She’s probably the most respectable woman I know. If any of you are involved in the Florence GOP or the Republican party at all, you should be ashamed of yourselves. This party doesn’t need any division from within. We’re attacked from outside our party enough.

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NoSurpriseHere! May 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Your right, FCGOP doesn’t need any more drama! Getting this woman off the scene will likely help it a lot!

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