Former S.C. Sen. Robert Ford says he has dirt on seven of the State Senators who “lynched” him earlier this year – and that he plans to expose their alleged conflicts of interest in the event they do not resign first.
Ford resigned his seat in the S.C. Senate earlier this year amid an investigation into allegations that he habitually misused campaign funds. Specifically, Ford was busted spending campaign cash at a pair of adult bookstores (he claims these were legitimate expenditures on “gag gifts” for campaign staffers) and on the purchase of “male enhancement” pills (Ford claims this was a “fraudulent” expense).
While we believe he deserved to go down, Ford’s case did raise an important question about the selective enforcement of South Carolina’s ethics laws. In fact his trial exposed the rampant hypocrisy of “Republican” members of the S.C. General Assembly – who habitually ignore much more serious ethics violations committed by members of their own party.
Now … does Ford really have the goods on his ex-colleagues? He certainly thinks so.
“This is going to make the Tea Party movement look like a beer drinking contest,” Ford told reporter Corey Hutchins in a story published in The (Charleston, S.C.) City Paper.
Ford’s allegations against these unnamed Senators were first made in an email sent to his supporters earlier this week.
“At the time I was being persecuted and lynched by the Senate Ethics Committee; I had no knowledge that seven of these gentlemen were receiving millions and millions of dollars from the public in their positions as senators,” Ford wrote. “To receive public and legal contracts from state agencies or other public entities and engaging in nepotism at its highest level; and to funnel money through institutions for their charitable groups from which they draw salaries is ludicrous and unethical.”
Ford added that “I am talking about several hundred million of dollars that members of the S.C. Senate alone have received through public contracts.”
FITS has already reported on the numerous taxpayer-funded concrete contracts received by powerful S.C. Senate finance chairman Hugh Leatherman – rumored to be one of the names on Ford’s list.
Who else is on the list? We’re told Ford has singled out S.C. “Majority” Leader Harvey Peeler as well as fiscally liberal “Republican” Luke Rankin (RINO-Myrtle Beach), among others.
Guess we’ll find out soon enough, though …
“I am calling for every public elected official to stop this practice, if not; in the next few weeks and months their names will be exposed,” Ford said. “If they are guilty of this type of abuse they should resign and give up their office. I am going to make sure that the public is no longer tolerant of this kind of conduct. The decision is yours.”
He’s not gettin’ his nickel, no one gets a nickel.
If he spills the beans and it’s provable then I’m paying for his trip back from the Philippines.
HA! He’s pissed off that none of them offered to pay his fare back to SC…
It’s the Senators who are tolerant of this illegal behavior, not the public.
Sort of a confusing message……
Those male enhancement pills finally kick in and where does he decide to stick it- to a bunch of lily white prune ass Senators
In addition to “lynching” this moron, did they also simultaneously infect him with syphilis?
Don’t blow smoke, Robert. It has a way of undermining your claims. I’ll belive you when you have something other than unspecific allegations against unnamed individuals.
Hmm……really..? Expose his fellow “citizens”..!?
We wonder if Wil Folks will do a graphical overlay to show his readers what Senator Ford is trying to actually tell..? It would also be educational for Ford to also critique his own historical donor investors and reveal how he was lobbied to show how his colleagues are raking in funds while keeping landfills open and BIG Oil lubed.
“Big oil” is all you’ve got on your mind, isn’t it, Branton? Whatever the news. Do you have any other ideas, topics, subjects, objects, or adjectives in your head?
Excellent retort……..”Tired”…….well put.
Well, Mr. “Give-out”, can you think of what other commodity is a “Strategic National Reserve”..? Its strategic for a reason….isn’t it. The reason it is used in my comments is because it is “strategic information” that effects every reader of the article in which I comment. So, how do you defeat a politician who “divides and conquers”…..you, of course, “unify” to WIN.
Why do you think very few debate questions focus on “strategic information”..?
“Tired” when you ask…”Do you have any other ideas, topics, subjects, objects, or adjectives in your head?…” What information is more important to you than “Strategic information” ….Wil Folks may just write an article about it. He does read his comment section.
Nepotism? We know about that already.
Never been a big fan of Robert Ford…. but in this case, as
they say on the East Side, “You go boii!!”
Extortion or SOUR GRAPES!
Why not both?
Needs a small violin:
I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away – Baby it’s cold outside
This evening has been – Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice – I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice
My mother will start to worry – Beautiful, what’s your hurry?
My father will be pacing the floor – Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry – Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more – Put some records on while I pour
The neighbors might think – Baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink? – No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how – Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell – I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no – Mind if I move in closer?
At least I’m gonna say that I tried – What’s the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go home – Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat – It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand – Your eyes are like starlight now
But don’t you see – How can you do this thing to me?
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow – Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied – If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay – Get over that hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside
Oh, baby it’s cold outside
Oh, baby it’s cold outside
Oh, he was talking about “State” Senators. Crap! I thought the picture of Lindsey with the dildo stuck up his ass while John McCain worked the controls had finally surfaced.
You. Wouldn’t. dare! You don’t have a hair on your ass!
If he does this I will vote for him as Governor provided he runs as an Independent!
Ford and Greene in Fourt-teen!
Thank you Henry.
You’re welcome. It rhymes, and I look forward to buying one of your action figure dolls(?)…..
I want one with ‘Kung-Foo” grip…….
He will be offered a good paying state job real soon.
As long as he doesn’t expose himself.
It’s that word “expose” that worries me!
Peeler is definately in bed with his brother, former Lt Governor Bob Peeler (lobbyist for Waste management and Clemson Trustee) on trashing the State with all of the out of State waste, human and otherwise. Our children and grandchildren will pay a horrible price for the contamination this will cause.
I’ve also heard rumors of the milk contracts to the school meals program, which has alleged to bring a few dollars to the Peelers. They are trash themselves.
Leatherman’s concrete contracts..yes!
The Peeler’s in bed with everybody!
Sorry, Robert. Queen Jean Toal who will ultimately have to decide who’s right and who’s wrong if these messes get to court has already sided with those 7 votes for her over Pleicones, er, 7 senators and you are out in the cold. BTW, Vinny – are you still going to vote for Toal? Inquiring minds want to know.
Coming Soon – the new reality show featuring Mr. Robert Ford as star and narrator: ” SOUTH CAROLINA MANNERS”
Episode 1 — “How to Commit Political Harakiri”
Episode 2 — “Escape From the Philippines” (filmed on location)
— and so forth
Those “male enhancement” pills must work great! He’s looking to screw everybody.
He has dirt on SC Senators … All of them break so many laws, they use it as bargaining chips on one another. Even our legal system with the courts works the same exact way.
I hope he really has the goods on them.