Props To Jimmy Merrill

LAWMAKER BLOCKS FUTURE PENSION FUND BONUSES This website hasn’t had much nice to say about S.C. Rep. Jimmy Merrill (RINO-Daniel Island) in recent years … largely because the former “Republican” majority leader has done little over that period to warrant praise. But rather than proceed further down the “backhanded compliment”…


This website hasn’t had much nice to say about S.C. Rep. Jimmy Merrill (RINO-Daniel Island) in recent years … largely because the former “Republican” majority leader has done little over that period to warrant praise.

But rather than proceed further down the “backhanded compliment” road by revisiting Merrill’s many instances of dubious taxpayer loyalty, we’re going to get right to the point and show him some well-deserved love.

What for? Well, last month Merrill became one of the first South Carolina lawmakers to stand up to the corrupt leaders of the S.C. Retirement System Investment Commission (SCRSIC) – the shady crew that’s been running one of the worst-performing, least-transparent pension funds in America.

Last September, this website exclusively reported on $1.4 million in bonuses paid out to the managers of this $25 billion fund – a surprisingly tone deaf move considering its abysmal results.

The only elected official who opposed these bonuses? S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis – who has been a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to exposing the failure of this fund as well as the shameless self-serving behavior of its corrupt commissioners, led by Hugh Leatherman appointee Reynolds Williams.

Has so-called “reformer” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley helped Loftis? Absolutely not. In fact her appointee to the S.C. Retirement System Investment Commission (SCRSIC) led a recent effort to censure Loftis – and she’s been working behind the scenes to block an audit of the corrupt commission.

Now Loftis is getting some help from Merrill, though …

At a House budget committee meeting last month, Merrill not only blocked funding for future bonuses – he put the kibosh on a bizarre anti-Loftis tirade by former S.C. Sen. Greg Ryberg, who is being paid a six-figure government salary to attack the Treasurer on a daily basis.

Called to present the SCRSIC’s budget request, Ryberg instead launched into what one lobbyist referred to as a “full-on, mouth-foaming rant” against the Treasurer. Lawmakers of both parties repeatedly attempted to interrupt Ryberg – but they were unsuccessful. He never presented a budget request at the meeting.

Ryberg has embarked on a mission from Williams to “blow up” the relationship between the commission and the Treasurer. By doing so, Williams hopes to give Leatherman – who will likely restore the bonus funding – the leverage he needs to have the Treasurer thrown off of the investment commission.

And so we have Ryberg getting paid $161,000 a year (closer to $200,000 with benefits) to basically chase Loftis around the S.C. State House with insults, taunts, nasty letters and the like.

What does this taxpayer-funded vendetta ignore?

The basic facts of the case. South Carolina’s pension plan is the most expensive public pension plan in the country. Additionally, it paid $427.5 million in fees to Wall Street money managers last year – while it’s returns were in the bottom 20 percent of all large funds.

Not only that, Williams’ business made over $100,000 last year – off of one investment alone.

Apparently, in South Carolina, it is legal to profit from the funds you are supposed to protect …

This website has consistently had Loftis’ back in his efforts to expose all of this nonsense … and will continue to. It’s just nice to see him getting some long-overdue support from lawmakers.

Props to Merrill for standing on the side of right on this issue …

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The Colonel March 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Merrill is one of the few sane ones down there.

James March 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I saw the Ryberg attack on Loftis in the house, then again in the Senate. It was the lowest thing I have ever seen in government and I wondered why he did it. Now I see, he is trying to destroy the relationship so Loftis will be taken off the Commission, and to damage him politically.

The folks I knew in the committee hearing were appalled by Ryberg. Even those that were not Loftis allies. I think this effort by Ryberg will backfire.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:32 am

Sometimes the truth hurts. I have never seen Ryberg caught in a lie. I doubt he will be this time.

Mary March 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

“I have never seen Ryberg COUGHT in a lie.”
Only in SC do people brag about not getting caught while lying!!!

M326 March 5, 2014 at 6:55 am

Now, now, Mary. Nobody’s bragging about anything. You know that. You just choose to act dumb–especially your spelling of caught–two versions. You should correct that.

churchlady23 March 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Loftis must be taken off the commission. Way above his head ! What has he done for the citizens of the State? He has caused them to loose money, time, effort . Go away, Loftis. We will be better without you and your vile disease..

The Great Curve March 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I know Jim, when he focuses he can’t stop. His Dad was a Vietnam war hero too, a real Hero, but he don’t like to talk about it all that much so don’t ask.

Daniel Island Genius March 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Jimmy Merrill is a standup guy. He runs a tight ship and has a good eye for the BS some agencies throw around..

Trash Bug March 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm Reply
Matt March 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for link! Interesting testimony, especially the January 23rd one with the State Retiree’s Association complaints of Loftis attacking them for invalid reasons.

cletus March 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Obviously the State Retirees were too subtle for you. The point they made was that a Constitutional Officer of this state was so obsessed that private citizens disagreed with him over an internal dispute involving their money that he spent several months filing false charges against them with the Ethics Commission, Attorney General, and Sec. of State. To make it even simpler for you, he used taxpayer funds and state employees to pursue a witch hunt against private citizens. BTW, since you enjoyed the video link check out the January 30 one and look at his face when a lady corrected his dumb ass, pure rage. Loftis has issues.

Ron March 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Reynolds Williams and his croyenies made $125,ooo of the retirement fund. They pay the highest fee percentage in the country. Their returns are in the bottom 20%.

In South Carolina’s crooked government, they will be praised as heroes! Thanks to Mr. Merrill for his actions to protect our retirements.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:29 am

I would like to add my thanks to Mr. Williams and his “cronies” for overseeing a fine investment program. There are thousands out here who appreciate him and his “cronies.” Ron, you have more credibility when you check your grammar and spelling before posting. Just saying….

Anna March 5, 2014 at 6:57 am

“Thousands that appreciate him?

Why? Is Reynolds Williams spreading the booty he makes off the fund to retirees?” I doubt he is giving money he makes off the retirees BACK to the retirees. What would be the point of taken it in the first place?

M326 March 5, 2014 at 7:10 am

Anna, what is it that you do not understand about three independent investigations finding no wrong-doing? Regardless of the facts, YOU are going to believe the negatives. Do you not require even a hint of real facts before you believe the worst? In the USA we are innocent until PROVEN guilty. Not the first shred of evidence has been produced. Only Loftis’s unfounded allegations. How gullible are you?

M326 March 5, 2014 at 7:10 am

Anna, what is it that you do not understand about three independent investigations finding no wrong-doing? Regardless of the facts, YOU are going to believe the negatives. Do you not require even a hint of real facts before you believe the worst? In the USA we are innocent until PROVEN guilty. Not the first shred of evidence has been produced. Only Loftis’s unfounded allegations. How gullible are you?

euwe max March 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

My pappy got black lung fer 20 years in the coal mines and he was happy to git it… He lived out his retirement years eating wild onions, canned wild poke dock, poke greens, paw paws, crab apples, blackberries, gooseberries and persimmons.

He used poultices made from mustard and moonshine fer his complaints.

He don’t need no gubmint sniffin’ around looking fer taxes, neither.

Good times!

M326 March 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

As unfortunate as it is, I believe Ryberg is right on. Mr. Loftis has done nothing but inject politics into this situation. He is a member of the Commission but acts like somebody not responsible for Commission decisions, even those he voted for. Staff have already left the Commission because of his antics. Attracting new staff is difficult. Three investigations have been made based on his allegations: Attorney General/SLED, Inspector General and Ethics Commission. The result: no findings of wrong-doing. This should tell you something about Loftis’s allegations. He has found a political horse to ride to re-election and doing his best to stay on until it’s over. Facts be damned.

HLS March 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

SC is a corrupt place. Making money off the state, when you are suppose to be guarding the money, is not uncommon. Tragically, those of us that have been around a wile know that nothing ever happens in these cases.

The decision not to prosecute is not a finding of no wrong doing. it is a finding that the case, for one reason or the other, is difficult to prosecute. The laws are weak, there is little political will, and these rich white people have their powerful protectors, in this case Senator Leatherman.

. SC continues its ways. the rich get richer and the working class keeps working away. I wish Mr. Loftis the best, he will need it.

Scrappy March 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

How in the hell is Ryberg “right on”? Whether it’s Loftis or whoever, here is the question? Does the SC Retirement System pay the some of the highest fee’s in the nation? and do we get the lowest returns on our investments? Thats pretty damn simple is it not? If this is true, fire their ass and let’s put someone else in there! How hard is that?

wilson March 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Those folks ill do anything to change the subject. I hope Loftis stays on them as the SC way is to fleece the public till the very end.

guest March 4, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Just because Loftis says the fees are too high doesn’t make it true. He uses his silly charts, “a la Mark Sanford,” to try and compare retirement systems that have different strategies and different reporting requirements. In other words he tries to compare apples to oranges. But what is most egregious about Loftis is that not one time over the past two years has he ever offered a suggestion that might reduce fees or increase returns. You want to know why, according to his own testimony before the Senate subcommittee on January 30, he doesn’t have the knowledge to offer amendments to the asset allocation plan. Loftis is nothing more than a self absorbed little bully with absolutely no business being in his present position.

Group Therapy on 9th? March 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I met Mr. Loftis one time, treated me like a tiny king. He would be a good governor.

curmudgeon March 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Next time you meet Loftis, tell him you disagree with his position on something, anything, and watch as he does the ole Jekyl and Hyde switcheroo. He frightens people.

Kyle March 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm

What a dumb ass thing to say. I work for an agency where Loftis has been involved and he has been great. He and his office has helped us rework a lot of old financial practices and he has been gracious when he could have been unkind. He could have put us on the front page of the paper instead he helped us right the ship. We all love him.

curmudgeon March 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

If he is so damn helpful why doesn’t he suggest ways to reduce fees and increase return on investments. You would think that if he was truly concerned for retirees as he claims to be he would make that a priority. Actually you might think that he has a fiduciary responsibility to the members of the trust to do that.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:53 am

Too bad he isn’t that way with every other agency he deals with. The guy is a creep and a real bully.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 5:08 am

Loftis has cost the State so much, used and abused his staff, and the staff of many other agencies to pursue attacks based on false accusations. Such a waste. Please be careful when dealing or meeting him. You need to wash your hands, maintain your distance and vote him out. Wonder why all these hand sanitizers are showing up around Loftis’s office? He has a vile, loathsome disease contracted by fornicating outside of mariage. Do I need to say more?

EJB March 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

No, we get the picture Mr. Ryberg.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

I have a lot more information on Curtis Loftis from sworn testimonies. And I am not Mr. Ryberg.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Don’t use the rest room on the first floor of the Wade Hampton Building!

HS March 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I am a teacher at a rural school in lower SC. I took my class to the statehouse and ran into Mr. Loftis by chance. he invited the class to his office, had them all sit and spoke to them for about 15 minutes. They were timid at first then he made them comfortable and they asked lots of questions and he answered them all. It was a great experience and this democrat will be voting for Mr. Loftis in November.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

Be careful around Loftis. Keep the children away. WASH YOUR HANDS! He has many behavioral problems and has contracted an incurable, foul, vile, loathsome disease because of them. Loftis needs to go, be removed from the commission and office.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:49 am

He would be a good governor because he treats you like a “tiny king?” Doesn’t take much to fool you does it?

M326 March 4, 2014 at 5:53 pm

We do not pay the highest fees in the nation. The testimony in front of the Senate Finance Subcommittee today clearly proved that. I would invite you to review that testimony. It will be posted tomorrow on the legislative web site. What is apparent is that we are the most transparent retirement fund of its type in the USA and report expenses most funds do not report. The comparisons with other funds made in the testimony prove that. Our fund returns exceed the actuarially projected required returns to pay our way on an annual basis and retire the unfunded liability over time. This can be proven in black and white and has been audited and assessed by reputable independent bodies. The testimony by Ms. Sara Corbett this morning was unassailable. Loftis is riding a political horse that cannot be substantiated by the facts. I know you don’t want to hear that but it is the unvarnished and provable facts of the case. All the allegations brought by Loftis have been rejected by three independent assessments I mentioned above. The guy is using you by playing on your distrust of government. In this case, it is demonstrably untrue. If you have any information other than Loftis’s unfounded and disproven allegations, please enlighten us.

John March 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

The Testimony in front of the Senate Committee was a joke. The whole thing was a set up. I watched it all for the law firm I clerk for and I can’t tell you how disingenuous it was. My boss said it was these hearings were the most outrageous official meetings he had ever seen.
Crooks in power act like crooks in power.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:23 am

John, is this the law firm Loftis paid $2 million of taxpayer money to for negotiating the Bank of New York settlement which has his old college buddy as a primary partner?

RS March 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I knew Sara Corbett at her last job. I never trusted her then and I sure would not trust her now. Especially if she is around all that money!

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:45 am

What a horrible ad hominem comment. Ms. Corbett is a CPA and a consummate professional. I certainly would trust her testimony given under oath more than I would your unfortunate remark. If you are going to make such remarks about other people and their professionalism, at least have the courage to use your real name. What you have done is cowardly. I hope you think twice and are ashamed. You should be.

RS March 5, 2014 at 6:46 am

Ms Corbett has almost doubled her salary in 2 years. A CPA that will sign anything is a valuable person. She is paid well because of her “services”.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 7:03 am

You are a course, vile person. The only one I know that would talk like you is the Treasurer. Is that you, Curtis?

Hypocrite, thy name is... March 5, 2014 at 10:50 am

“What a horrible ad hominem comment.”

“You just choose to act dumb–especially your spelling of caught–two versions.”

M326 March 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

That’s not an ad hominem comment. She really did choose to act dumb. That is her clear intent.

Hypocrite, thy name is... March 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

“The guy is a creep and a real bully.”

Cash March 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

A fiduciaries responsibility is to reject the work, not the issue before the board. Breaking fiduciary responsibility is not a crime. Mr. Williams is beating his chest because he did not go to jail and that is hardly a worth accomplishment.

I suspect he should be turned over to the SC Bar. I read the order from the ethics investigation and it is embarrassing.

guest March 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm

The Ethics Commission did not issue an order, they issued a report. If you want to read an embarrassing document read the legal settlement Loftis signed with the Bank of New York.

John March 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Actually it is an order. I saw it today. Says Williams should have withdrawn from the process and he did not. It was the appearance of impropriety. He was “strongly cautioned.”
In this state it takes a audio or video tape to convict. High bar lets crooks run wild.
Williams aint no saint.

Cash March 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm

I will post the report tomorrow. Let the people make up their own minds. It must be embarrassing to Mr. Williams and those that support him.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:26 am

Post away! Three independent investigations and no findings of wrong-doing. Just what is your point???

cash March 5, 2014 at 6:39 am

Great I will post away when I get to work this afternoon. I appreciate your permission.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 6:49 am

I am sure your employer will appreciate your attention to work. I only post on my own time.

Hazel March 5, 2014 at 7:17 am

your mean. i like that.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

where is the report? Embarrassing to you , if you cannot produce the report. You are a liar. You waste our time and the tax payer time, the state retirees’s ’s time and you waste your time!. Go away, we will be better without you

Cash March 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

What a nasty punk you are.

I was busy today. I will post it when I get to it. Don’t sweat your drawers over it.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Busy today! You are an embarrassing liar. Go away, we will be better without you. Get lost..

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 11:47 pm

I am still waiting for the report you said you will post today so “the people can make up their own minds. it must be embarrassing to Mr.Williams and those that support him” I want that report so I can make up my mind. So far , you are a liar and you have wasted my time and totally made an idiot of yourself. You are a liar.. It must be embarrassing to yourself! Go away

HHI March 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

As a lawyer and trustee of several estates I can not imagine a trained person like Reynolds Williams making lots of money off the Pension Fund. It is something that should not be tolerated.

Lawyer March 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

The Ethics Commission’s opinion does not mean that taxpayers are bring well-served. It simply means the Commission came to the conclusion that illegality and criminal intent could not be proven in a court of law. That’s a big difference.

The big question is whether taxpayers are being exploited. I continue to believe that the best interest of taxpayers is being poorly served by the decisions being made by Mr. Reynolds and his cohorts. But ultimately these decision will have to be decided in the court of public opinion.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 4:39 am

There have been three independent investigations: Attorney General/SLED, Inspector General and Ethics Commission. In every case, the allegations made by Loftis have not been verified. That tells me something: there is a big error in the allegations. One or another of these investigative entities has taken on the Lt. Governor, Governor and other officials. If there was any real evidence of wrong doing they would have pursued it. Loftis is needlessly creating a toxic environment and plays on your fears of government. He should be stopped. The fourth investigation is being done by the Senate Finance Committee. Based on the last meeting, I suspect they will find the only thing wrong here is Loftis and his wild unsubstantiated allegations. He needs to move on (and out).

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

What a sick joke! If it could not be proven in a court of law that illegal and criminal intent could be proven in a court a law, then stop your stupid accusations and get better informed. Tax payers are informed and retirees are very informed as well. Get real. Curtis must go. Loftis is exploiting the retirees and state employees of this state for a personal gain. A very sick man.This must stop. Loftis has caused too much waste in time and expense for the state. Do not listen to this man. A very vile, corrupted man with a disease .

Larry March 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Yea, that is why his poll numbers are sky high, his TV commercials are already shot and he has 1800 people on his campaign committee. He has cleared his schedule and believe you me he is ready for a campaign. I volunteer some for him as I did last election. I cant wait. His last campaign was a classic and this one is going to be even better.

Matthew March 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Do they seriously have legitimate poll #s for lowly positions like State Treasurer? especially this early in election season?

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm

“You need to know better, so you can do better”. Please watch the senate hearings so you can make an informed decision about your opinion of Loftis. If you want more sworn testimonies about his vile, foul, loathsome , incurable disease, easy to find , in public documents. His bullying, bearer of false witness, fornicating and alternative sex life…easy also. The State will be much better without Loftis. He must go. please, Loftis.,go..

Teddy March 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Ryberg is a scum bag and should have been tossed out of the State House! Corruption at its finest, only here in SC.

Ralph March 5, 2014 at 6:50 am

Reynolds Williams and his cronies made over $110,000 dollars off the fund he was supposed to protect. In SC that may not be against the law. Corruption, corruption, corruption. It is the SC way

PHD March 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

One thing is for sure. Loftis has some crazy enemies. personal attacks, using 25 year old divorce claims, name calling. These people are whack jobs.
I don’t know much but I know how to stay away from mean ass crazy.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Sworn testimonies from Loftis himself. Many more . Assault charges, Bearer of false witness . Liar and behavioral problems to numerous to mention. Infected with a incurable, vile ,foul, loathsome disease. The man need to go and you need to be informed for when “you know better , you will do better”

Clem March 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Crazy talk from crazy people. This issue is about the Pension Find. Crazy talk attacks against loftis shows the Commission is wrong. Attacking the messenger is always the last effort.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Too many people have been hurt by Loftis’s stupid behavior and false allegations. Your “crazy talk” from “crazy people against Loftis “can be refuted by sworn testimonies. Yes, this issue is about pension fund, not pension find. Love to know what you found about pension find. Time to get rid of Loftis and make a statement to move this State away from Loftis and his vile, foul and loathsome disease. The commission has done a moral and dignified job and is proven to be right in this effort. Be informed and watch the testimonies in the senate. ” You will do better, when you know better”Maya Angelou.

churchlady23 March 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Teddy, who is the scum bag? Listen to the testimonies in front of the senate . Get better informed about Loftis and his vile behavior and you will find that the scum bag is Loftis. Period.

churchlady23 March 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

How can Fitsnews be so wrong? You need to do your homework, Fits. Listen to the testimonies before the senate and make statements based on them. Loftis needs to go from the commission and from the treasurer’s office. He is incompetent, does not understand the issues and has caused unnecessary conflicts . He needs to go for many reasons. His lack of morals has caused him to contract an incurable, vile and loathsome disease from fornication outside of marriage. You need to go Loftis!

Blane March 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Maybe Fits has read the SLED report and the Ethics report. Maybe he knows what the authorities know which is Reynolds Williams is a crooked bastard. He got off because Leatherman got him off.

Come back to this page after you have read the reports, not listened to Reynolds.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 4:03 am

Loftis needs to go!. He has abused and bullied too many people at the expense of the State. He has used staff members for his own personal attacks and has made false accusations against honest and intelligent people who are making a difference in this State. Loftis lacks morals, bears false witness and has behavioral problems too numerous to mention. For these reasons, he is living with an incurable, foul, vile and loathsome disease which can be spread… Keep the children away from him and maintain your distance! Please, Loftis go,..

nitrat March 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

“…the shady crew that’s been running one of the worst-performing, least-transparent pension funds in America.”

You mean like North Carolina’s?…hmmm, wonder what the common factors are?

Seymore March 4, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Reynolds is a crook. I have known him for 20 years. He can lie faster than a a speeding bullet. But without Leatheman he is a spit country lawyer.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 5:08 am

I am a state retiree and only know Reynolds in his Investment Commission role. There he has given generously of his time and expertise. He seems a real gentleman to me. I’m glad he’s there.

Matt March 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Is it just me or does Fitsnews just rerun basically the same stories on Curtis Loftis and Nancy Mace like every week????????? They always basically just say the exact same thing but maybe with a slightly different BS spin on it.

nitrat March 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

What I want to know is how Mallory Factor got to be chairman of the SC Legislative Audit Council, secretary of the Charleston Aviation Authority – and, Tommy Hartnett on both with him?
Is Factor, with his BA in biology, still the John C. West professor of government at The Citadel?
Anyone know of any other offices of honor or profit this NY creep – and, friend of Loftis, holds? I’m getting ready to file an Ethics Commission complaint and I want to have everything he’s got his carpetbagging finger in listed. And, Tommy Hartnett, too.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

What worries me is that Loftis might appoint Mallory Factor to the Investment Commission. Of course, Factor would have to resign from other state positions but he might do that because the Commission job would pay $20,000. From what I can tell, Factor makes a living sucking at government and political party teats. That would be a juicy one for him. And Loftis complains of others doing that. It’s bad unless it is him or one of his buddies.

Michael March 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Loftis’ 2-year degree from USC is really helping him navigate through those tough financial waters. His huge campaign debt, couple with his inability to raise money is telling. His entire staff at the Treasurer’s Office thinks he’s a complete buffoon. Grady Patterson had more intelligence in his little finger that Cutis has in his oversized head.

guest March 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm

” Grady Patterson had more intelligence in his little finger that Cutis has in his oversized head.”
Ain’t that the truth. And Grady was honest. He wouldn’t have agreed to a law suit that was past the statute of limitations just to get his fraternity brother, campaign official, and business partner $2 million. The only way Loftis could get his buddy the cash was to agree to a 10 year contract with the big New York banks that had violated their previous contract. He calls himself standing up for retirees.

Bearcat, Class of 77 March 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Haha. Loftis retires at 40, Begins giving money away. Goes into politics, Pays his way cause he won’t take dirty money with strings (but does take clean money from honest people)., In fact the debt is too himself.

Crooks hate hem. Voters love him. So keep dreaming. about bad things happening to my old buddy Curtis. he is playing chess while you are playing checkers.

churchlady23 March 5, 2014 at 4:50 am

Haha. Loftis retires and is living with an incurable, vile, loathsome disease which can be spread… You need to wash your hands completely, keep the children away and maintain your distance. He cannot stay in office for the good of the State . Be informed as “You will do better as you know better” Voters will do better they know better.

DEHC March 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Loftis has this Investment panel all riled up. I have never seen educated people attack a politician so personally. It seems to me, and I must say I know little about it, that Loftis must be right on the issues other wise they would not be attacking him so viciously. I hope he stays the course. I hate government thugs that waste my money.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

Or, it could be that good honest people are outraged that a second rate, poorly educated, fiscally ignorant politician is second guessing their fine efforts. If I were on that Commission that is how I would react as well.

M326 March 5, 2014 at 5:13 am

Jim Merrill is a good man. I am sure when he learns the truth his opinion of Mr. Loftis will more resemble that of Mr. Ryberg. Mr. Loftis is an egocentric bully.

nitrat March 5, 2014 at 7:12 am

Back to Curtis’ friend Mallory Factor…we wouldn’t know Mallory was in SC, but for his calls to SCRS investment firms on Curtis’ behalf.
Factor was a NYC bundler for George Bush and raised money for Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint…that’s 2 establishment GOPer to one (before that one went off the deep end when that black man got elected).
Factor and real estate guy Tommy Hartnett, very SCGOP establishment, on at least 2 boards together.
So, given Factor’s deep GOP establishment history and his connection to Loftis, is Loftis really NOT a closeted establishment guy?

john dozier March 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

Ryberg goose-stepped out of the Senate!


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