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Battle For “College Of Knowledge”

Former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford and S.C. Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell (RINO-Charleston) are both actively campaigning for the president’s job at the College of Charleston (a.k.a. the “College of Knowledge”), sources tell FITS. And while McConnell – a powerful former State Senate leader – appears to have the early…

Former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford and S.C. Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell (RINO-Charleston) are both actively campaigning for the president’s job at the College of Charleston (a.k.a. the “College of Knowledge”), sources tell FITS.

And while McConnell – a powerful former State Senate leader – appears to have the early advantage, board members at the institution have serious reservations regarding each prospective candidate for the six-figure post.

“No one is happy with how this is unfolding,” a source close to the board’s deliberations tells FITS. “There is a lot of frustration over the lack of a true search process.”

In McConnell’s case, one of the main sticking points is his unabashed love for the Confederate States of America – manifested in the expenditure of tens of millions of tax dollars on projects related to the H.L. Hunley submarine. McConnell also enjoys dressing up like a Confederate general in his spare time, a habit which has produced some incredibly awkward and controversial photo opportunities.

You know, like this …

mcconnell slaves

Yeah … good luck attracting minority students with that guy as your president.

There is also reportedly trepidation on the part of College of Charleston board members regarding McConnell’s position on the school’s rumored merger with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Such a merger will be uniformly opposed by lawmakers loyal to the state’s two largest government-subsidized institutions – the University of South Carolina (USC) and Clemson.

We’re told McConnell has assured board members that he fully supports the merger – however state lawmakers who have spoken with him are telling us a different story.

“He’s always going to be loyal to what the legislature wants,” one source told us.

McConnell would also be hard pressed to leave the lieutenant governor’s office after he made such a big stink of “fulfilling his constitutional duty” by accepting the office.

“So much for his constitutional commitment,” one Palmetto political observer told FITS, referring to McConnell’s active lobbying for the College of Charleston job.

Despite all of these reservations, many believe McConnell could wind up being the school’s next president.

Meanwhile Jenny Sanford – who has been calling board members in an effort to line up support for her candidacy – faces an uphill climb due to, among other things, her abrasive personality.

“The former first lady is not well-liked in Charleston,” a source familiar with the board’s thinking tells FITS.

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97 comments

Carlos Danger August 16, 2013 at 9:16 am

College of Knowledge…that is a riot.

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Yelsewh August 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

You know what’s even more of a riot? A South Carolina graduate making fun of the quality of education students receive at the College of Charleston.

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Scooter August 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

It can’t get any worse than that.

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Poor Richard August 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Ha! True that!

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Carlos Danger August 16, 2013 at 9:16 am

College of Knowledge…that is a riot.

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Yelsewh August 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

You know what’s even more of a riot? A South Carolina graduate making fun of the quality of education students receive at the College of Charleston.

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Scooter August 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

It can’t get any worse than that.

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Poor Richard August 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Ha! True that!

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CNSYD August 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

Do the BOT select the next President? If so, isn’t that who needs to be lobbied? If the legislature decides to merge the 2 schools, then what is McConnell (if selected) supposed to do? Secede?

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CNSYD August 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

Do the BOT select the next President? If so, isn’t that who needs to be lobbied? If the legislature decides to merge the 2 schools, then what is McConnell (if selected) supposed to do? Secede?

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darth August 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

Merdeing, er merging the CSOL too non? What would Alex Sanders do?

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SamAdams2010 August 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Its a major payer in the push to merge MUSC/ Charleston Skool of Law into creating a moar better research univercity. It will be like strippers learning their strip club is being merged into a whorehouse.

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darth August 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

Merdeing, er merging the CSOL too non? What would Alex Sanders do?

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SamAdams2010 August 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Its a major payer in the push to merge MUSC/ Charleston Skool of Law into creating a moar better research univercity. It will be like strippers learning their strip club is being merged into a whorehouse.

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a face in the crowd August 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

Clemson is also looking for a president. Why not have them draw straws?

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a face in the crowd August 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

Clemson is also looking for a president. Why not have them draw straws?

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Halfvast Conspirator August 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

You left out that the Chipster believes his ample assets would be an asset for the CoK

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Halfvast Conspirator August 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

You left out that the Chipster believes his ample assets would be an asset for the CoK

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Manray9 August 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

I guess the idea of appointing a noted educator or educational administrator is off the board? What am I saying? This is South Carolina!

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Halfvast Conspirator August 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

I think Leon Stavrinakis’s brother is available too

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Holding my nose August 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Yes… South Carolina… Nothing is too low…

The New York Times
Scandals Casting Shadows Over Public Life in South Carolina
By Peter Applebome
Published: May 12, 1991

COLUMBIA, S.C. — From its aristocratic beginnings in the great Low Country plantations to the development of what many consider the nation’s most powerful state legislature, South Carolina has always been a state accustomed to rule by a few.

Now, after a series of scandals that have touched nearly all the state’s power centers — from the Legislature to its most powerful newspaper, from the former president of the University of South Carolina to the state’s most powerful law firm — South Carolina is looking hard in the mirror and recoiling from what it sees.

“Through most of South Carolina’s history, the people who set up and ran state government have had two main priorities: Keeping power out of the hands of black people. Keeping power out of the hands of everybody else,” began a voluminous package of news articles on May 5 in The State, Columbia’s historically docile newspaper.

15 Legislators Indicted

The scandals are diverse. The two most conspicuous ones, a Federal undercover operation that has led to the indictment of 15 state legislators and two indictments against the former state university president, James Holderman, stem from unrelated investigations. But both have helped highlight the degree to which public officials in South Carolina have long been accustomed to extraordinary latitude and minimal oversight in conducting their business. As for the legislators, 10 pleaded guilty, 4 have been found guilty in trials and one is awaiting trial. …

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Manray9 August 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

I guess the idea of appointing a noted educator or educational administrator is off the board? What am I saying? This is South Carolina!

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Halfvast Conspirator August 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

I think Leon Stavrinakis’s brother is available too

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Holding my nose August 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Yes… South Carolina… Nothing is too low…

The New York Times
Scandals Casting Shadows Over Public Life in South Carolina
By Peter Applebome
Published: May 12, 1991

COLUMBIA, S.C. — From its aristocratic beginnings in the great Low Country plantations to the development of what many consider the nation’s most powerful state legislature, South Carolina has always been a state accustomed to rule by a few.

Now, after a series of scandals that have touched nearly all the state’s power centers — from the Legislature to its most powerful newspaper, from the former president of the University of South Carolina to the state’s most powerful law firm — South Carolina is looking hard in the mirror and recoiling from what it sees.

“Through most of South Carolina’s history, the people who set up and ran state government have had two main priorities: Keeping power out of the hands of black people. Keeping power out of the hands of everybody else,” began a voluminous package of news articles on May 5 in The State, Columbia’s historically docile newspaper.

15 Legislators Indicted

The scandals are diverse. The two most conspicuous ones, a Federal undercover operation that has led to the indictment of 15 state legislators and two indictments against the former state university president, James Holderman, stem from unrelated investigations. But both have helped highlight the degree to which public officials in South Carolina have long been accustomed to extraordinary latitude and minimal oversight in conducting their business. As for the legislators, 10 pleaded guilty, 4 have been found guilty in trials and one is awaiting trial. …

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grasan August 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

Why not Sen. Campbell? He already thinks he can manage the Aviation Authority AND hold his Senate seat. Whats one more part-time gig?

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grasan August 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

Why not Sen. Campbell? He already thinks he can manage the Aviation Authority AND hold his Senate seat. Whats one more part-time gig?

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

Word on the street is that Andre’ Bauer, after hearing that Jenny Sanford is considering applying, now believes he’s qualified.

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

Word on the street is that Andre’ Bauer, after hearing that Jenny Sanford is considering applying, now believes he’s qualified.

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shifty henry August 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

‘McConnell also enjoys dressing up like a Confederate general in his spare time’
Sic, are you sure that this photo wasn’t taken at his interview with the CofC Board of Trustees?

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shifty henry August 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

‘McConnell also enjoys dressing up like a Confederate general in his spare time’

Sic, are you sure that this photo wasn’t taken at his interview with the CofC Board of Trustees?

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darksied calling August 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

“Meanwhile Jenny Sanford – who has been calling board members in an effort to line up support for her candidacy – faces an uphill climb due to, among other things, her abrasive personality.
“The former first lady is not well-liked in Charleston,” a source familiar with the board’s thinking tells FITS.”…And in other news, the sky was blue and the grass was green today.
I have known Mark and Jenny for years and she often does come off as abrasive, aloof and many times calculating and cold. It is not meant to be offensive but it more indicative to how she was raised. While that may be a positive trait in dealings with faculty, administration, trustees and the state house; it would also be an immediate turn off for most students looking to attend COC.
Of the two Lt. Gov. McConnell is the more gracious and hospitable of the two. At least enough to put prospective students and the their parents at ease so they can consider COC without concerns of who Jenny may get mad at next.

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carrie August 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

dark-you might be right about Jenny’s personality but I do think she would be good with the students. After all, she is raising her four sons and from what I’ve read, people say they are wonderful young men. Since she’s from a large family, am sure she is surrounded by many young people as well and has good rappaport with them.

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Jesus H. Christ! August 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm

“they are wonderful young men”

That’s because they’ve got their doting dad to sneak in the house and help them watch the second half of the Super Bowl.

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Raising your own kids and raising someone else’s are two different things.

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darksied calling August 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

“Meanwhile Jenny Sanford – who has been calling board members in an effort to line up support for her candidacy – faces an uphill climb due to, among other things, her abrasive personality.
“The former first lady is not well-liked in Charleston,” a source familiar with the board’s thinking tells FITS.”…And in other news, the sky was blue and the grass was green today.
I have known Mark and Jenny for years and she often does come off as abrasive, aloof and many times calculating and cold. It is not meant to be offensive but it more indicative to how she was raised. While that may be a positive trait in dealings with faculty, administration, trustees and the state house; it would also be an immediate turn off for most students looking to attend COC.
Of the two Lt. Gov. McConnell is the more gracious and hospitable of the two. At least enough to put prospective students and the their parents at ease so they can consider COC without concerns of who Jenny may get mad at next.

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carrie August 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

dark-you might be right about Jenny’s personality but I do think she would be good with the students. After all, she is raising her four sons and from what I’ve read, people say they are wonderful young men. Since she’s from a large family, am sure she is surrounded by many young people as well and has good rappaport with them.

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Jesus H. Christ! August 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm

“they are wonderful young men”

That’s because they’ve got their doting dad to sneak in the house and help them watch the second half of the Super Bowl.

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Raising your own kids and raising someone else’s are two different things.

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Class of 82 August 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

At least McConnell has some connection to CofC, He is an alumnus.

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Class of 82 August 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

At least McConnell has some connection to CofC, He is an alumnus.

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lawzoo August 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

What is going on ?? The C of C can do better than Jenny or Glenn who should not be in any conversation about the Office.

If this is the new norm …..how about David Beasley? What is that astute _______(Fill In)
doing now?

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lawzoo August 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

What is going on ?? The C of C can do better than Jenny or Glenn who should not be in any conversation about the Office.

If this is the new norm …..how about David Beasley? What is that astute _______(Fill In)
doing now?

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BlueBloodinDenial August 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The board and the school would be best served by conducting a real search process and bringing in an outsider. The state as a whole needs less of both of these goons.

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BlueBloodinDenial August 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The board and the school would be best served by conducting a real search process and bringing in an outsider. The state as a whole needs less of both of these goons.

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IMMAHANGUPPENLISSEN August 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Who the fuck cares? Can anyone (ANYONE) tell me what the primary discipline is at CofC? Winthrop: education. Carolina/Clemson/MUSC: research universities. Lander: nursing. Citadel: homo things. CofC: ?? A degree from that place isn’t worth the paper it is printed on. CofC has contributed to the underemployment rate of college-educated millenials at a far better pace than any other school in this state. You spent $25k/year on a Russian lit degree? Great! Now go fetch me another Westbrook, hippie.

The only reason kids go there is to be in Charleston, contract an STD and do a shitload of blow. “Hey bra, want to go catch some waves at the washout this weekend?” “Nah, man. I’m going to the Jammer to hear (shitty jam band).”

Many of the students aren’t even from the state, so it’s good at importing McConnell’s favorite people: Yankee transplants.

Did I mention they don’t even have a football team?

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Walter-White August 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

“Citadel: homo things”. Lol Classic.

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Jesus H. Christ! August 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

“Citadel: homo things.”
LMAO!

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82 August 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

At the College of Charleston the knobs are on doors, not awarded degrees in ‘synchronized walking’

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I know several doctors who got their BS/BA degrees from COC.

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IMMAHANGUPPENLISSEN August 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Who the fuck cares? Can anyone (ANYONE) tell me what the primary discipline is at CofC? Winthrop: education. Carolina/Clemson/MUSC: research universities. Lander: nursing. Citadel: homo things. CofC: ?? A degree from that place isn’t worth the paper it is printed on. CofC has contributed to the underemployment rate of college-educated millenials at a far better pace than any other school in this state. You spent $25k/year on a Russian lit degree? Great! Now go fetch me another Westbrook, hippie.

The only reason kids go there is to be in Charleston, contract an STD and do a shitload of blow. “Hey bra, want to go catch some waves at the washout this weekend?” “Nah, man. I’m going to the Jammer to hear (shitty jam band).”

Many of the students aren’t even from the state, so it’s good at importing McConnell’s favorite people: Yankee transplants.

Did I mention they don’t even have a football team?

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Walter-White August 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

“Citadel: homo things”. Lol Classic.

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Jesus H. Christ! August 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

“Citadel: homo things.”
LMAO!

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82 August 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

At the College of Charleston the knobs are on doors, not awarded degrees in ‘synchronized walking’

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I know several doctors who got their BS/BA degrees from COC.

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IMMAHANGUPPENLISSEN August 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Also to note– if Sanford were to get the job, she’d be Charleston’s “Head Cougar.”

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

You do realize that Cougar’s are older women that younger guys want to fuck. I don’t see how Jenny and Head Cougar are one and the same.

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IMMAHANGUPPENLISSEN August 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Also to note– if Sanford were to get the job, she’d be Charleston’s “Head Cougar.”

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

You do realize that Cougar’s are older women that younger guys want to fuck. I don’t see how Jenny and Head Cougar are one and the same.

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Highly Qualified August 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I am very interested in becoming President of the College of Charleston.
I’ve never worked at a university before, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

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vicupstate August 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

It only counts if you stay at a Holiday Inn EXPRESS !!

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Highly Qualified August 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I am very interested in becoming President of the College of Charleston.
I’ve never worked at a university before, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

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vicupstate August 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

It only counts if you stay at a Holiday Inn EXPRESS !!

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Thomas August 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Look at the bright side, McConnell will get his state pension and Senate Pro Tempore Courson will have to step up to Lt Gov, perhaps having to retire altogether in 2014…lol

Glenn will take the job…he does not have the guts to run statewide for anything. Who is next up after Courson? Hello Lt Gov Courson!

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Thomas August 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Look at the bright side, McConnell will get his state pension and Senate Pro Tempore Courson will have to step up to Lt Gov, perhaps having to retire altogether in 2014…lol

Glenn will take the job…he does not have the guts to run statewide for anything. Who is next up after Courson? Hello Lt Gov Courson!

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inciteful August 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Why not Jenny or Mitch? This is South Carolina, Those two are as qualified to run a college as Catherine Templeton was to run a health agency (recall the TB scandal?), as Abraham Turner was to run an employment concern (Remeber the $700+M budget overage?) and as Nikki is to be governor.

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SecondString August 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Or Tim Scott to be a US Senator (this soon).

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inciteful August 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Why not Jenny or Mitch? This is South Carolina, Those two are as qualified to run a college as Catherine Templeton was to run a health agency (recall the TB scandal?), as Abraham Turner was to run an employment concern (Remeber the $700+M budget overage?) and as Nikki is to be governor.

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SecondString August 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Or Tim Scott to be a US Senator (this soon).

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Tommy August 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm

McConnell entered student politics in the College of Charleston, dodged VietNam by going to law school, and has been a professional politician since age 32 when he entered the legislature. He became Lt. Governor by passionately embracing his “constitutional responsibility” to do so when Ard was indicted. Got lots of praise for that in the newspapers.

Ne wants to change his stripes and bolt from that office? Nah, let him stay. College of Charleston deserves a professional educator, not a professional politician. Why sandbag that institution with a sickly 65-year-old egomaniac? A search committee would find hundreds of qualified candidates.

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Then there’s that whole Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell thing that would have disqualified him from servicing.

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Tommy August 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm

McConnell entered student politics in the College of Charleston, dodged VietNam by going to law school, and has been a professional politician since age 32 when he entered the legislature. He became Lt. Governor by passionately embracing his “constitutional responsibility” to do so when Ard was indicted. Got lots of praise for that in the newspapers.

Ne wants to change his stripes and bolt from that office? Nah, let him stay. College of Charleston deserves a professional educator, not a professional politician. Why sandbag that institution with a sickly 65-year-old egomaniac? A search committee would find hundreds of qualified candidates.

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Squishy123 August 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Then there’s that whole Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell thing that would have disqualified him from servicing.

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Pinckney August 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

On confederate memorial day GM would have the negro students and profs go around dressed like slaves with chains on their legs doing landscape work. GM would feed them watermelon and biscuits for lunch. Afterwards, they’d get their picture took with the boss man, like the lucky couple above.

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Pinckney August 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

On confederate memorial day GM would have the negro students and profs go around dressed like slaves with chains on their legs doing landscape work. GM would feed them watermelon and biscuits for lunch. Afterwards, they’d get their picture took with the boss man, like the lucky couple above.

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Polyphemos August 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Find the first unwashed wino on Taylor Street and giver HER the job. It’s all about equal outcomes at our state universities, anyway, isn’t it? Well? Isn’t it?

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Thomas August 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Probably would do as good a job as Sanford, McConnell, or you.

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Polyphemos August 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Well, at least the wino and I would fire half the faculty and hire some people with some experience in their fields, not just degrees.

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Slartibartfast August 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Find the first unwashed wino on Taylor Street and giver HER the job. It’s all about equal outcomes at our state universities, anyway, isn’t it? Well? Isn’t it?

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Thomas August 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Probably would do as good a job as Sanford, McConnell, or you.

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Slartibartfast August 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Well, at least the wino and I would fire half the faculty and hire some people with some experience in their fields, not just degrees.

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Open The Locked Closet August 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Neither one of these people have the knowledge nor the experience to run anything. Remember, McConnell’s little bitty store – CSA galleries – went belly up. Meanwhile, Jenny Sanford? What a joke and a half! Both of these people are delusional. And if the college board selects either one of them, it will show the entire state and the nation just how criminally corrupt the college really is. I dare them to hire either one of these swollen egotistical pathological narcissist. They will never live it down if they do.

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Open The Locked Closet August 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Neither one of these people have the knowledge nor the experience to run anything. Remember, McConnell’s little bitty store – CSA galleries – went belly up. Meanwhile, Jenny Sanford? What a joke and a half! Both of these people are delusional. And if the college board selects either one of them, it will show the entire state and the nation just how criminally corrupt the college really is. I dare them to hire either one of these swollen egotistical pathological narcissist. They will never live it down if they do.

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Open The Locked Closet August 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Word on the street, Chip Limehouse wants the job too. Pfft!!

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Open The Locked Closet August 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Word on the street, Chip Limehouse wants the job too. Pfft!!

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George Street August 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

If SC higher ed had a board of regents we wouldn’t have as many presidential positions to place politicos and their hacks.

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George Street August 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

If SC higher ed had a board of regents we wouldn’t have as many presidential positions to place politicos and their hacks.

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Lewis August 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

Okay, now we know the latest McConnell – Toal deal. Toal gets her old time bud Alex Sanders to use his support with board members to vote for McConnell to become the president of C of C, and he pulls in what influence he still has left with some senators to vote for Toal to screw over Pleicones and they will both be happy, happy, happy. What a deal for South Carolina!!!! Get rid of both of them.

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Dan on Divine August 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

Word on Devine Street last night during happy hour was that McConnell is distancing himself from Jean Toal. He has been surprised at the backlash against her since stabbing Costa. Coursen is in the middle of this mess and is acting like a middle school girl over everything.

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Lewis August 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

Okay, now we know the latest McConnell – Toal deal. Toal gets her old time bud Alex Sanders to use his support with board members to vote for McConnell to become the president of C of C, and he pulls in what influence he still has left with some senators to vote for Toal to screw over Pleicones and they will both be happy, happy, happy. What a deal for South Carolina!!!! Get rid of both of them.

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Dan on Divine August 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

Word on Devine Street last night during happy hour was that McConnell is distancing himself from Jean Toal. He has been surprised at the backlash against her since stabbing Costa. Coursen is in the middle of this mess and is acting like a middle school girl over everything.

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I Know You Watch Me August 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

Could it be, that McConnell and Lindsey Graham are secret lovers?

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I Know You Watch Me August 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

Could it be, that McConnell and Lindsey Graham are secret lovers?

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Jan August 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I say we give it to the first of them who is willing to work on an hourly basis for minimum wage and no benefits.

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Jan August 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I say we give it to the first of them who is willing to work on an hourly basis for minimum wage and no benefits.

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Johnny August 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

If the College of Charleston board of trustees thinks it would have a more secure, or enhanced source of state funding as a result of hiring McConnell, it would be thinking wrong.

The House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee — a mass of humanity — establishes the budget. With every passing day, McConnell’s “contacts” and “influence” with the legislature (particularly House members, with whom he had little contact), wanes.

For years the College has had a lobbyist in Columbia whose job has been to ensure that funding spigot flows. Furthermore, the College has its own alumni, or friends of the College, in the legislature, for decades.

McConnell would bring nothing to the College except himself and his “political contacts.” If the College was serious in hiring a president with “academic contacts,” it would hire an academic — a man or woman of letters with experience managing a $200 million educational institution.

McConnell’s experience managing any organization was his stint operating “CSA Galleries” in a tawdry strip mall, selling Confederate flags, bumper stickers, beach towels, music CDs, replica pistols, and other merchandise related to one subject — the Civil War.

Maybe when he retires from Secretary of State McConnell can volunteer or get paid to teach a Civil War history course at the College as an adjunct professor. He’d be good at that. But his managing the whole shebang would be a wild downside risk for the College.

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Johnny August 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

If the College of Charleston board of trustees thinks it would have a more secure, or enhanced source of state funding as a result of hiring McConnell, it would be thinking wrong.

The House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee — a mass of humanity — establishes the budget. With every passing day, McConnell’s “contacts” and “influence” with the legislature (particularly House members, with whom he had little contact), wanes.

For years the College has had a lobbyist in Columbia whose job has been to ensure that funding spigot flows. Furthermore, the College has its own alumni, or friends of the College, in the legislature, for decades.

McConnell would bring nothing to the College except himself and his “political contacts.” If the College was serious in hiring a president with “academic contacts,” it would hire an academic — a man or woman of letters with experience managing a $200 million educational institution.

McConnell’s experience managing any organization was his stint operating “CSA Galleries” in a tawdry strip mall, selling Confederate flags, bumper stickers, beach towels, music CDs, replica pistols, and other merchandise related to one subject — the Civil War.

Maybe when he retires from Secretary of State McConnell can volunteer or get paid to teach a Civil War history course at the College as an adjunct professor. He’d be good at that. But his managing the whole shebang would be a wild downside risk for the College.

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Nanny August 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Everybody knows the fix is in for Fred Carter to move from Francis Marion to COC. You heard it here first. Bank on it.

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