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Openly Gay Candidate To Run For US Congress In SC

An openly gay Democrat has announced his intention to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson in this November’s election for South Carolina’s second congressional district. Ed Greenleaf – a manager at Medicaid/ Medicare administrator Palmetto GBA – sent an email this week to a list of supporters informing them…

An openly gay Democrat has announced his intention to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson in this November’s election for South Carolina’s second congressional district.

Ed Greenleaf – a manager at Medicaid/ Medicare administrator Palmetto GBA – sent an email this week to a list of supporters informing them of his plans.

“The paperwork has been filed with the Federal Elections Commission. The Exploratory account has been closed and the new bank account is open and ready to receive revenue,” Greenleaf wrote in the email.

Greenleaf’s formal announcement will take place on Wednesday, February 12 at the Seibel’s House and Garden (1601 Richland Street) in downtown Columbia.

“I thank you for your love, friendship and support over these many years and will need that support flowing heavily in mine and Michael’s direction over these next few months,” Greenleaf wrote. “I am entering this race knowing full well what I am doing. But, I have to do this for the citizens. They want a government that works together again in Washington. They want good paying American jobs created in this district. They want the federal budget balanced and reflective of the people’s values, not those of the special interests.”

Interesting …

Wilson has represented the second district since winning a 2001 special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Floyd Spence.  He is best remembered for his 2009 outburst during a congressional address from U.S. President Barack Obama – in which he famously yelled “You Lie!” at Obama.

A fiscal liberal for much of his tenure in Washington, D.C., Wilson has swung decidedly toward pro-free market views in recent years – although there is some evidence he could be swinging back.

Ideologically that is …

Anyway, like any candidate for any office, we look forward to seeing what specific policies and proposals Greenleaf brings to the table in this race.  Our website endorsed a Democrat against Wilson in 2008, and we’re obviously not afraid to do it again.

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61 comments

PC Fury! January 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

“Wilson has swung decidedly toward pro-free market views in recent years – although there is some evidence he could be swinging back.”

So he’s a Swinger? So we get to pick between a Swinger and a Homo?

When is who someone sleeps with gonna finally be a non issue in this discriminatory society of ours? Disgusting.

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lexguy January 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

Why does it matter if he is homosexual? Just don’t keep throwing it in our face!

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Buz Martin January 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

I think 9″ wants it thrown in HIS face, though. Just a hunch.

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9" January 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Obviously,most ‘straight’ people have absolutely no ‘gaydar’.Otherwise, you’d realize how hilarious this story is…and,I do the throwing…

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euwe max January 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Personally, I’d rather hear about Monica than Bubba.

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Arlen Cooper January 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

I can’t vote for any man that would do something I wouldn’t do. Now a lesbian would be exempt from that condition.

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biggie January 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Won’t get my vote…would rather vote for a hamster!

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shifty henry January 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

“the new bank account is open and ready to receive revenue,”

We’ll be hearing this mantra again……

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Mr. Classy January 23, 2014 at 10:52 am

“the new sperm bank account is open and ready to receive your goo”

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Smirks January 23, 2014 at 11:17 am

Who cares if he’s gay?

Oh, right, we care more about superficial shit like that in this country than what people actually intend to do in office.

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euwe max January 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

People daydreaming about boobies and trim are less productive than people daydreaming about dick. They have 2 more things to daydream about.

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9" January 24, 2014 at 6:26 am Reply
Torch January 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I wouldn’t vote for Wilson to clean out my septic tank. No that would be derogatory to septic tank company employees. I wouldn’t vote for Wilson for dog catcher. No that would be derogatory to animal control employees. Hell, I just wouldn’t vote for Joe Wilson.

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jurisdoc January 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Thought you were talking about Lindsey.

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MashPotato January 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

He ain’t gay

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Chad January 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I guess that shows how much you know about the South Carolina Senator – anyone that doesn’t know he is gay must be blind, deaf, and dumb.

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MashPotato January 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm

But he ain’t gay! He said so himself!

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Chad January 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

Of course he isn’t going to admit that he is gay; if he did, he wouldn’t keep getting re-elected by right wing conservatives! Unbeknownst to you, his mysterious longtime BF lives in DC!

MashPotato January 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Are you immune to sarcasm? And do you have any more details about Lindsay’s secret bf?

MashPotato January 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Attention bigots: slandering Greenleaf does not hurt him; it earns him pity votes. Be respectful and don’t embarrass yourselves.

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GrandTango January 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Fits effeminatly implores that he will- in true bi-partisisn liberal-ltarianism- wait to see the candidates policies..

That IS the problem….you have people so F*%+king stupid they have to WAIT to figure out the position of a homosexual democrat…

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norma scok January 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I know this means nothing coming from a nameless person on here, but Ed is a good guy. We could have a lot worse in office, and do.

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The Colonel January 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I used to work for Ed Greenleaf – don’t care if he’s gay or an alien, he was an okay boss but I wouldn’t vote for him if he was the only choice, I’d write Will Folks in first.

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Thomas January 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

This makes sense how?

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The Colonel January 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Ed’s a good guy, stylish dresser, well spoken, smart, works hard – but he is decidedly more worried about consensus and political correctness than doing what’s right. He’d be further left than I would accept – much further left than Spratt was.
I’ve learned from working with “consensus builders” like Ed that the truth is generally the opposite of the considered opinion.
Now why Will – easy, he’d be so busy throwing bombs and causing problems that they’d spend all their time dealing with him and have less time to screw me over write new legislation.

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Norma Scok January 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

If you really worked at BCBSSC like you say, you’d realize that working along the consensus and being PC is the only to get anything done there. “Go along to get along”, but in the end, getting what you want regardless.
Pragmatism wins every time.

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The Colonel January 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

And now we know why I left many years ago…

I was an original PGBAite (Palmetto Gubamint Benefits Administrators – pronounced Pig Ba)

vicupstate January 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

Yeah, the last thing Washington needs is someone who can find consensus.
I have found the real ‘truth’ is indeed in the middle. I don’t want the social safety net to be destroyed by the right, but I don’t want it so strong that the freeloaders destroy it either.
Extreme right or extreme left both lead to disaster.

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The Colonel January 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

The problem with “consensus” and “consensus builders” is that most political ideologues believe you’ve reached consensus when you agree with me. Anything else is extremism and many will go along just to avoid being labeled or having to defend a correct but unpopular position: examples, the war on drugs, deficit spending, many “social” programs, immigration…

annie February 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

Ed will blow up the first time a reporter asks him a question he doesn’t want to answer! Think before you vote folks!!

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$$$ January 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

This is a nice change of pace from all the closeted gay candidates we normally have.

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biggie January 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I’m a Democrat but he alone makes me want to do a write-in…maybe I’ll vote for Sponge Bob or Barney….besides he’s only running to give folks something to talk about…he loves the small amount of attention.

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kasey January 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

first of all, who doesn’t love any kind of attention? every single person loves to receive attention, whether they admit it or not, isn’t that why you posted your comment? to draw attention to yourself? if that is the only flaw you can call him out on then I’d say he’s doing a pretty good job. and second, if you knew him personally, you would know he’s a great person and has a kind heart and is only doing what he thinks is best. but I’m guessing you don’t actually know him and that you’re just a close minded person who loves the small amount of attention :)

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Thomas January 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

Indeed. …better lie or deny what you are than be honest, huh?

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euwe max January 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm

We’ll get to see if being closeted is preferred.

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Thomas January 24, 2014 at 7:10 am

Indeed

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Chad January 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Ed will undoubtedly make an excellent Congressman and he will most definitely get my vote!

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I See U January 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Bullshit. Why are you posting under different names?

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biggie January 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Well if you count your vote and his vote that makes two.

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Norma Scok January 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

I’d vote for him as well. I worked with Ed at BCBSSC years ago, and he is a stand up guy–and get stuff done.

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sassy frassy February 12, 2014 at 12:03 am

You must have worked with a different person than I worked with.

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Chad January 24, 2014 at 8:24 am

Despite anyone’s political view point, Joe should not be re-elected for his lack of respect for the highest office in the United States! It’s time for change and Ed has the vision, dedication, and respect to make that change.

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usc1801 February 6, 2014 at 12:15 am

LMAO. Obama has done more to disrespect the “highest office” than anyone else. He’s a lying sack of shit.

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God Damns Homosexuals January 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm

No chance in hell. And the freak knows it. But we know why, right?

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Thomas January 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

U speak for God? Please let us know more of what he has to offer. ..

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Norma Scok January 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

This weeks winning powerball numbers would be great for a start.

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Control everything for good January 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Discrimination:

The most basic element of individual human freedom. It may be considered “disgusting” when done by race, sexuality, etc., but it is a simple and basic freedom/choice.

That is why it must be controlled by the state.

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9" January 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I don’t want to say anything libelous,but this is absolutely poetic

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Town Crier January 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I remember Eddie from college (USC). He was popular and well liked, a heck of a nice guy.

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midnight owl February 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

College was a long time ago; people change 20, 30 years later! He is NOT a nice guy…..just sayin…he only cares about himself…just watch and see him implode…

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Town Crier February 12, 2014 at 1:25 am

Pass the popcorn!

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YMCA January 24, 2014 at 12:21 am

Why is the ‘gay’ thang such big news? Didnt an openly gay lesbian already run once twice for congress here down at the coast – supermarket hheiress/scion or something of that ilk. Its sort of an anomaly to get a democrat to even run here, much less a qualified one, so maybe the headline meant ‘hey this gay guys running and…wait for it, he’s a democrat’

oui vey

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vicupstate January 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

She only ran once. She lost 48-52 that time. The lines were redrawn to prevent her or anyone else from getting that close again.

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Mguzman January 24, 2014 at 7:04 am

Why can’t this OPENLY GAY person just be a person as nobody more than likely cares…….I’m an openly Senior Citizen….who out there cares???????

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Thomas January 24, 2014 at 7:17 am

Where do we send contributions?

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shifty henry January 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

When Al Gore ran for president a Democratic group was discussing the chances of getting a candidate who would appeal to a larger group of voters. One of the solutions was to find a “black, lesbian nun.”

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Jim P January 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

A person’s sexual orientation, race, religion, and/or gender should NOT be why you vote for a candidate, Position on the issues, work ethic, common sense, ability to work with others (ones that agree and disagree), honesty, and integrity should be the reasons you vote for one candidate over another. I’m so damn tired of the log jam in Congress, I’m ready for some new blood in Washington. I personally know Mr. Greenleaf and I’m certain that he will be that new voice for all of South Carolina. I’m glad he’s running and he will have my full support.

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usc1801 February 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

I voted for Wilson a few times but he’s become too entrenched in partisan politics rather than doing what’s best for his district and he’s long since sold his vote to special interest. I don’t care who my Congressmen wants to screw as long as it’s not the taxpayer!!

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Sassy Frassy February 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Mr. Greenleaf’s career with Palmetto GBA ended today!

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tooty fruitie February 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm

maybe he wasn’t such a good guy after all….

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TheChicoSuave February 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Sorry Mr. Greenleaf. I just got a robot call from you asking me to support you. No. I am happy with Mr. Wilson. By the way, are you aware that the insurance application in California informs undocumented or illegal people registering for Obamacare, that it is OK because they won’t turn them in. So, illegal immigrants will get subsidized health care. Mr. Wilson was correct when he informed the President that he knew he was not telling the truth and unfortunately the President has continued his lies with Healthcare, IRS, Benghazi, etc. etc. No. I will not vote for you and wish to keep the only person in that room that day that had the guts to tell the truth in front of many. If all of them had the guts to tell the citizens the truth, it would be a good government.

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