The Quinndom Conspiracy

IS AN EFFORT UNDERWAY TO SINK SOUTH CAROLINA’S SPEAKER? Cui bono … For those of you educated in a government-run school in South Carolina, that’s Latin. It means “to whose benefit?” It’s usually the first question asked whenever there’s a mystery or a conspiracy to unravel … and in Palmetto…


Cui bono …

For those of you educated in a government-run school in South Carolina, that’s Latin. It means “to whose benefit?” It’s usually the first question asked whenever there’s a mystery or a conspiracy to unravel … and in Palmetto politics, it typically leads to the correct answers.

Will that be the case in the ongoing corruption saga involving powerful S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston)?

First, to recap: Harrell has been caught red-handed committing a host of campaign finance abuses while attempting to leverage his influence for personal gain. That’s why his case is currently pending before a statewide grand jury.

Who referred the case to the grand jury? S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson – a likely candidate for governor in 2018 whose political fortunes are managed by Richard Quinn and Associates (a.k.a. “The Quinndom”).

In fact there are several ranking members of the S.C. House of Representatives affiliated with the Quinndom who would stand to benefit politically from Harrell’s indictment – including former S.C. “Majority” Leaders Kenny Bingham and Jimmy Merrill.

And let’s not forget about S.C. Rep. Richard Quinn Jr. – heir to the empire.

“Everyone thinks they are orchestrating (the Harrell probe),” one source said of the Quinndom.

In fact several State House sources tell FITS the Quinns have been emboldened by a recent alliance with S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman (RINO-Florence) – the most powerful elected official in the state.

“Leatherman and the Quinns bonded over their efforts to get (S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn) McConnell named president of the College of Charleston,” one of our source explains. “They see this as a symbiotic offshoot of that.”

But why would Leatherman – a big government crony capitalist – want to take down Harrell, who shares his affinity for tax-and-spend fiscal liberalism?

“This is not about what either one of them believe – it’s about power and controlling the purse strings,” our source says. “Harrell is the only one in (state government) who can hold a candle to Leatherman. If he goes down, Leatherman’s power becomes almost absolute.”

That’s true … although there’s an argument to be made that Leatherman’s interests might be better served by keeping a scandal-scarred Speaker in office as opposed to embracing a new leader with such broad political backing.

Another factor pouring cold water on all of these theories is the perceived incorruptibility of Wilson – who has earned a reputation as a “boy scout” in discharging the duties of the S.C. Attorney General’s office. In fact Richard Quinn has told anyone who will listen that he and Wilson watched a football game together the night before the Attorney General announced his decision to seek an indictment against Harrell – during which time Wilson “never even hinted at” his looming decision.

That’s what it all boils down to: Any conspiracy theory involving a cabal of powerful politicos benefiting from Harrell’s downfall is entirely dependent on Wilson playing along … even if such involvement were limited to a ‘wink and a nod’ regarding the seriousness of the charges against the Speaker.

Thus far we’ve seen nothing to indicate Wilson plays that way …

Of course as one of our solicitor friends put it, “(Wilson) referred the case to the grand jury – how much more of a ‘wink’ do people really need in this case?”

That’s true …

And in so doing, put his reputation (and his future gubernatorial prospects) on the line … 

We should know within the next month or so what Harrell’s fate will be … although at this point none of the rumblings are especially good for the embattled liberal. And while we certainly hope Harrell gets what’s coming to him (we’ve been calling on him to resign for months), don’t expect his demise to change the left-leaning bent of government in the “reddest state in America.”

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vicupstate February 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

“This is not about what either one of them believe – it’s about power and controlling the purse strings,”

FINALLY, the truth is written. That one sentence sums up 98% of the people in SC politics. It is NOT an ideological battle at all. It is ALL about POWER. Only the sheeple believe otherwise.

Elfego February 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm


Budget watcher February 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

Dead on post, if anything it has underestimated the involvement of Leatherman. He gains the most. Harrell is all that stands between him and total, and I mean total control, of the money of state government.
Haley is a non-factor as she has been and is for sale cheap and Leatherman has lots of government money. But Harrell is Leatherman’s problem. With Harrell weak, or gone, Leatherman rules.

Cary February 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Nothing of this magnitude, and I mean nothing, happens without Leatherman’s blessing.

Three Palms February 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

“Perceived incorruptibility of Wilson”. That is a joke. Wasn’t it Wilson who stated on Fox news in 2012, “We found out that there were over 900 people who died and then subsequently voted. That number could be even higher than that.”

Incorruptibility indeed.

RogueElephant February 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

He was right. Why do you think there is so much stink raised about voter ID?

vicupstate February 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

It was completely debunked. Voter Id is actually an attempt to suppress the vote.

VoterfraudLives February 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

But who were the ‘debunkers’?

Native Ink February 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

It doesn’t matter who debunks your pet theories unless you can show their criticisms were factually incorrect. Of course Republicans have left that simple truth far behind them.

jimlewisowb February 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Fitting that Cockroach Harrell who has been dicking the taxpayer’s for years finds himself on the end of a dick of a prick like Cockroach Quinn

Squishy123 February 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I thought this was something about Rick Quinn eating something. Fatboy better slow down if he plans on being alive in 2018.

Alan Wilson for governor, now that’s funny.

Original Good Old Boy February 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Re: your last sentence. You and I agree on something for a change.

Squishy123 February 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

So you don’t agree that Fatboy needs to slow down at the table? The last time I saw him I swear he’s pushing 300 pounds.

a;lkjfasokdfj February 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Besides Joe, who else is Alan related to in SC politics? Anyone?, just curious.

Anonymous February 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

The corrupt Jean Toal has fingerprints all over this mess somewhere….. keep looking.

Thomas February 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

I figured out what case before the State Supreme Court was so important that CJ Toal had to stay on…Catawba Indian casino gambling! Judge Kinard said no, now it is appealed to CJ Toal.

If CJ Toal and Speaker Harrell accomplish anything else in life, let the Catawba’s have their casino.

I think Big Daddy and Alan play it safe. By punting to the Grand Jury, Speaker Harrell will ultimately be sent to CJ Toal who will send it back to the SC Ethics Commission. No run-ins, no hits, no errors.

Give the Catawba’s their casino in SC…it is lawful, it is righteous, and the state will benefit.

euwe max February 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

“to whose benefit?”
adulteri, avari, absque conscientia: Republicans.

RHood2 February 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I thought this post was about one of those Harry Potter books.

Native Ink February 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Or maybe Alan Wilson found evidence of Harrell’s corruption. Not everything is a Machiavellian conspiracy. Time will tell what dirt Wilson has on Harrell. Sempter necessitas probandi incumbit ei qui agit. I went to a “government” school in South Carolina, so suck on that Latin.

hugs February 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Maybe the evidence has been found on Michael Alan Wilson, Esq., eh? :)

Slartibartfast February 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Plerumque currum.

jimlewisowb February 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

“The Quinndom Conspiracy”

You know you are really fucked when they start naming condoms after cockroaches

Slartibartfast February 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Nicely done, Will.

spreadem February 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Well done?, I have to agree, for the absolute fucking asshole you are Mr. Sic, you are very good at your work, don’t stop.

nodoubt February 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

This has got to be the best site J. P. Strom ever invented, no doubt!!!

"The Whole World is Watching" February 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Wilson lets Harrell “go free” at his own peril — either by

A) not getting an indictment against Harrell, or

B) getting an indictment against Harrell and

(i) allowing a Jean Toal-appointed judge to dismiss it procedurally, or

(ii) having a jury find Harrell not guilty.

The DNC 1968 presidential convention was pure Democrat-party fratricide.

Maybe in 2018 will see pure Republican-party fratricide in the gubernatorial race.

Eyes R Watching February 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Still screams a need of a federal investigation. Allowing the state to investigate itself …. well … we get it. Corruption rules – everywhere in SC. Meanwhile, I think we can now easily say, that the majority of the people of South Carolina fully agree Harrell should be sentenced to at least 10 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. But mind you, I say. The feds just might get their turn with him and many others in his circle. So Beware, Alan Wilson. Beware.


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