SC

Glenn McConnell: The Status Quo Rolls On

ANOTHER DEAL, ANOTHER SIX-FIGURE GIG FOR AN EX-POLITICIAN S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (RINO-Charleston) was elected president of the government-run College of Charleston this weekend – benefiting from a furious shakedown of the school’s trustees by powerful lawmakers as well as a last-moment deal with longtime rival, Gov. Nikki Haley….

ANOTHER DEAL, ANOTHER SIX-FIGURE GIG FOR AN EX-POLITICIAN

S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (RINO-Charleston) was elected president of the government-run College of Charleston this weekend – benefiting from a furious shakedown of the school’s trustees by powerful lawmakers as well as a last-moment deal with longtime rival, Gov. Nikki Haley.

McConnell – whose, um, “colorful” history made this a tremendously controversial process – was elected to the six-figure post unanimously, a margin that does not reflect the animus associated with his selection.

Leading the effort on McConnell’s behalf was powerful S.C. Senate finance committee chairman Hugh Leatherman (RINO-Florence), who dispatched a government-funded lobbyist from Francis Marion University (a.k.a. his higher education fiefdom) to manage McConnell’s candidacy.

Embattled S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston) also made calls on McConnell’s behalf to leery board members – who decided it was better to risk national embarrassment than incur the wrath of the two most powerful members of the S.C. General Assembly.

McConnell was not on the list of candidates recommended by the College of Charleston’s search committee, but the legislative strong-arming won him the job anyway.

Key in that process? An eleventh hour deal with Haley, whose appointees to the board were making McConnell’s life miserable due to the longstanding feud between the two politicians.

According to our sources, Haley’s board members agreed to flip to McConnell’s side in exchange for his promise not to run against the governor in a GOP gubernatorial primary. McConnell also reportedly vowed not to use his resources to assist any candidate running for lieutenant governor against Haley’s hand-picked candidate, wealthy Lowcountry developer Pat McKinney.

In addition to his history as a fiscal liberal who has blown millions of tax dollars on his Confederate obsessions, McConnell has no academic experience.

Gotta love how South Carolina works, right?

Decisions get made on the basis of everything except their merits.

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117 comments

Slavery re-enactor March 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Ha! Will he still be wearing the Justinian purple robes while in his new position? It’s a fun irony for sure.

Can’t wait for MLK day on the CoC campus. Time to bust out the old cotton gins.

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shifty henry March 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Just waiting to see the new athletic uniforms……..???

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a face in the crowd March 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Saw the picture in The State. Seemed to show a bit of unease in the room — the kind that produces a diamond from a block of coal. Also associated with a snare drum.

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Charlestonclover March 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Y’all be able to watch now how a true southerner will get the support of the legislators and with that money and power. Carpet batters like Pastides should move on. Think Bryan White will treat McConnell that same way he does Pastides? Think Major Riley will have better town-gown relationship than Benjamin with USC? Think USC will see any Boeing money ever? Pastides – fuggetaboutit and go back to Gotham…

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a face in the crowd March 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Carpet batters?

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm

baggers

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CNSYD March 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

The students and faculty have now learned what they should have already known. The inmates do not run the institution.

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a face in the crowd March 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

It is people like you who keep South Carolina at the bottom of the pile. Never forget that.

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CNSYD March 23, 2014 at 12:14 am

and what “pile” is this? Would you prefer to live in New Jersey? What garden spots are at the top of your “pile”?

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carls jr. March 23, 2014 at 10:50 am

You couldn’t cut in New Jersey or 47 other states. Chewed up and spit out would be your fate. That’s what happens to the narrow-minded. Your small world view belongs in Taterville, SC, or Mississippi.

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CNSYD March 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Since I have employed over the years many technical employees who gladly escaped the rust belt and Yankee land for the opportunities in a right to work state that is SC, I would say I “cut” it quite well. The upcountry and low country of SC are destinations of many of those who wish to escape the weather, taxes, unions, etc of the “North”. The midlands, i.e. Richland and Lexington counties, are not on any one’s wish list. Even your hero, Sic Willie, wants out.

Couger March 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Fits, you are only partly right. The deal with Haley was: McConnell and Leatherman would assist and raise money for her hand picked candidate for Lt. Gov Pat McKinney. They would also confirm and give evidence about certain rumors about Henry McMaster.

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vicupstate March 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

That would at last make sense. FITS’s reason makes no sense at all. McConnell would have no chance in a primary at this late date, just one week before filing closes. To raise enough money and run a decent campaign from the end of March til June 10 to knock off an incumbent Governor in their own primary is not at all plausible.

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Native Ink March 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I have to agree with a face in the crowd. The paternalistic, boss man attitudes in South Carolina hold it down. No world-class scholar would be caught dead working at a college where Daddy Glenn gets to make all the decisions.

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jimlewisowb March 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

“….Haley’s board members agreed to flip to McConnell’s side in exchange for his promise not to run against the governor….”

What a crock of cockroach shit. McConnell was and is a mother fucking dead political duck piece of cockroach shit who never had any intention of running for a statewide office

Haley, McConnell and the Board of CofC represent how fucking backwards and corrupt this State has become

Anyone who supports Haley, McConnell and the CofC Board should be shot with shit and buried for stinking

Fucking cockroaches

Note: To employees at MUSC – start looking a new job – Leatherpecker, McConnell and Little Joe have y’all in their pubichairs

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Hugh March 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

Haley, McConnell and the Board of CofC represent how fucking backwards and corrupt this State has become.

One large whore house. . . with the whores doing business with one another.

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm

McConnell was and is a mother fucking dead political duck piece of cockroach shit
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don’t pigeonhole him into such a narrow category!

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Elfego March 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Not to be a contender he made out very well.South Carolina is still a Democrat state.

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really March 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

Is it true that MUSC will now be known henceforth as Charleston Medical University?

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Frank Weathers March 23, 2014 at 7:05 am

Yes! This moves a merger further. I predict MUSC cancels the president search and McConnell heads both institutions. However, MUSC needs better leadership. Just look at Etta Pisano for a model of failed leadership

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Mt. Pleasant Guy March 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

No, That MUSC talk is a distraction to keep people from seeing the new medical school headed for Florence and and Francis Marion Nursing school headed to Mt. Pleasant.

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ReElect Nikki! March 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

Nope you cant blame this on the Democrats Republican.This is the kind of crap you and your fellow Republicans and your fellow Non Republican Republicans vote for and will CONTINUE to vote for over and over again..

The Republican Party in this state is nothing more than a group of political prostitutes who loot this state for its own benefit while mouthing off a bunch of dumbass Right Wing BS to appeal to people like you who play their suckers and obediently turn out like sheep every couple of years to vote them back in .

Get used to it Norman ! You have what you want!

“Conservative Government.”

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Elfego March 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Way to dough Buckwheat! You are not smart enough to be a moron!

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Smirks March 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Yeah, let’s just keep blaming one party for shit like this, even though a bunch of these asshats run as Republican year in and year out. Lord knows we shouldn’t be concerned about general corruption but what letter comes after their name.

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Elfego March 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

They are con men. The letter behind the name means nothing in most cases!

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Power March 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm

This may be the most important decision of modern times in CoC’s history. Money will flow like manna from heaven to this institution and it will be directly attributed to McConnell’s selection.

FITS, this decision is a prime example of just how damn out of touch you are with the real use of power. Haley, McConnell, Leatherman, Sanders, etc,. are laughing at you, Davis, Scott, Bryant, and others of your ilk for the tilting at windmills that you occupy your time with.

Your protestations are like weak flatulence in a gale force wind.

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Job March 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Yes, Power, you are right. The money will flow, from taxpayers and tuition payers, into the hands of the elite.McConnell will spread it around just like his master Senator Leatherman will command. The rape of the average Hoe and Jane continues as the greedy grab even more.

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Native Ink March 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Yippee! Pork barrel politics wins again. Yippee!

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Smirks March 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Always will, especially in SC.

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Power Corrupts March 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

Hi there Glenn. No, many were opposing your racist, warped and power-centered personality. Sane, rational, normal people — like the 2,000 students who signed a petition against you in six days. Glenn, are you going to bring with you the special carpet that plays “Dixie” when someone stands on it? At the front of your desk, like in the Gressette Building?

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jimlewisowb March 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

POTCOC is having a new carpet installed which will play

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGJct_AGLQQ

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??? March 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

I’m no Glenn McConnell fan but he keeps getting called a racist – let’s face it – sheerly from his participation as a re-enactment of CSA soldiers. There are also reenactors from the Union – are they racist too based on the prevailing attitudes at that time, an just against slavery? I know FITS is tied to the hip with the NAACP with his thoughts on this, and shouldn’t that alone give any thinking Dem or Repub some pause?

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Scooter March 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

A lot of racists, here, he like to point the finger at others. I don’t know much about the man but he did do me a big favor if they he did not know me.

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Original Good Old Boy March 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

His peculiar hobby doesn’t mean he’s a racist; just that he has a peculiar hobby that looks terrible when he also asks blacks to role play with him.

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One ring to rule them all March 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

Thank you for your commentary Smeagol.

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Native Ink March 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

It’ll be interesting to see what this pick does for out-of-state recruitment of students and faculty. There are a lot of people out there who have just begun to see that Charleston isn’t a backwards place. But add a controversial, good old boy college president with the vague scent of racism clinging to him and you may see the parents from off saying they don’t want their kids to go to school at “that” kind of Southern college.

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I'm a bigot, not a racist March 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm

“with the vague scent of racism clinging to him”

The scent varies, but always incorporates the smell of well used ass.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

It’ll be interesting to see what this pick does for out-of-state recruitment of students and faculty.

TBG pre-apologizes for what he knows will be perceived as snark…

…but ,seriously, why should TBG or anyone else care about this?

To quote some famous Democrat politician, “What difference does it make?”

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Smirks March 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Another tick finds a comfortable soft spot to suck taxpayer blood to its heart’s content.

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BeBe March 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

It is a terrible thing for SC when Haley and Leatherman team up together. it signals the taxpayer got screwed; we got the wet spot and haley and Leatherman got the organism.

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Clair March 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

I bet Pearson ends up with the College’s media business. Haley ends up with a high paying “visiting professorship” after she leaves the office and Leatherman ends up controlling yet another massive public entity from which he can spread the fruits of the school’s treasury.

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Anonymous March 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

Toal will also get a comfortable adjunct professorship since the one she thought she was going to get from Alex Sanders at CSOL kinda went away. She can teach a class a week while laid up at her multi-million dollar beach house at the IOP. I hope so. That way we won’t have to put up with her in Columbia.

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Judith March 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

Will Toal teach a class called, “How to Lie, Cheat and Steal and not get caught?” Maybe she can use Steve Morrison old lesson plans and notes. But Steve got caught.

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shifty henry March 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

New courses suggested by (and probably to be taught by) McConnell and Toal—

1) How to Take Slight but Pleasant Comfort from Small Vengeances as You Grow Older

2) How to Strengthen Your Character Without Actually Going to Jail

3) I am Joe’s Hemorrhoid

4) Droll Ascerbity Among Court Bailiffs I Have Known, With a Complete Judicial Analysis of Their Coruscating Wit

Scooter March 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Hell, they could have hired Holderman if he is still living.

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Bill March 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Republicans love nothing more than a government check and government health care. Just one more example. Sanford, Mulveney, Duncan, Graham, Scott, etc, etc. Show me the money!!!

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Smartrebel March 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm

State legislators now have one university in the bag. Boeing and suppliers will support engineering program in CoC. New nursing program and med school for Leathermann at Francis Marrion. MUSC will not get any good candidates for their search for a new president because of merger talk. ( BTW: perfect timing Rae Greenberg!) Clemson will take over Greeneville Med School from USC and get into NIH and Obamacare funding. Bryan White will wrestle USC away from Hubbard/Pastides and with Storm/Card another strong political ticket will rise. Tumble weed will be blowing through innovista, but a great baseball and football dynasty will give the Midlands “circus and bread”.

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Original Good Old Boy March 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

You know, when you put it like that — a “great baseball and football dynasty” — it doesn’t sound too bad.

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Jump Down, Turn Around March 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm

A loss for black students is a victory for the gays/bi/cross-dressser students.

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Wentworth March 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Don’t forget that Toal got her do-boy Alex Sanders to get his boys on the board to go with McConnell. Sleezy, Alex. You were once better than this. Zoe, please kick his ailing ass as hard as you can.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Someone else already kind of touched on this, but the burning question right now is, “will McConnell still be able to wear lavender as his daily business attire in his new-found position?”

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easterndumbfuckastan March 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Well at least for graduations and other important academic events. I’m sure he’ll keep the robes in his office for when he get’s sad and lonely. We’ll have a plant down there starting in the fall, maybe she can snap us some pictures of him in full regalia.

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Utterly unsurprised March 23, 2014 at 12:49 am

Closeted-gay-GOP-just-for-men-confederate-wannabe is about as interdisciplinary as it gets. Bonus: April 12 is now dress like a slave day.

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Thomas March 23, 2014 at 7:33 am

LOL

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Inciteful March 23, 2014 at 8:11 am

The pretensious pretender. For his next trick, Glen will change his general’s uniform for a multi-striped cap and gown so he can re-enact the role of a college president. (He will lead an educational institution whose trustees pretended to be independent decision makers.) After a few acts of this play, he will next dawn a white lab coat, complete a few brain surgeries, and beome qualified as President of the combined C of C and MUSC. Quite an acter. Quite a re-enactor. Pardon me if I don’t clap.

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Elfego March 23, 2014 at 8:46 am

The Power of Politics. Public Servants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GrandTango March 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

Go Sen. McConnell. Good choice. I hope we can count on him to stop the Gay propaganda at CoC..and the kickback scheme to buy Gay-Community books, to force children to read.

Anyway: Status Quo: Kinda like Sanford…huh??…

Another Beech Slap for FITS…

PS: Does this mean Sanford still has to pay alimony, since he could not nepotism her into this gig????

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jimlewisowb March 23, 2014 at 10:07 am

“…..we can count on him(McConnell) to stop the Gay propaganda at CoC….”

that’s fucking funny

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GrandTango March 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

Actually the legislature already stopped CoC trying to require a Christian-bashing, gay-lifestyles book for freshmen…FITS may not have told you about it, so you are likely ignorant.

But I’ve always found Sen. McConnell to be responsive to the payers. And there was MASS disapproval of the gay literature, and the kickback to the author and artist by CoC. So I think Sen. McConnell will be conscious of what the radicals are trying to force on us, or rape, our culture with….

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jimlewisowb March 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

“,,,you are likely ignorant…”

I am more likely to kick your ass, be civil for a change GT

My comment relates to the alleged rumor that McConnell is light in his loafers. If that be the case, would not his Presidency of the CoC, aka POTCOC, further promote the Gay cause at the CofC not diminish it

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GrandTango March 23, 2014 at 11:13 am

I just get sick of the whisper campaigns by the losers who fail to beat him at the ballot box.

That’s what liberals have become. Masters of innuendo against those who beat them. While they deny what they blatantly are.

Rev. Wright Bros March 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Goddamn America!!

Saluda Rapids March 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

And this is why we are where we are…because of low information voting idiots such as yourself. The fact you think this is a good thing speaks volumes.

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Manray March 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

Just another in the long list of embarrassments reflecting on the credibility and reputation of this state. It will always continue as long as the voters elect and re-elect the usual miscreants and there is no accountability or oversight..

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I just spoke to Glenn McConnell this afternoon and I think the categorizations of him are false. I think we have many corrupt politicians in SC, but he is not one of them. He’ll be on my show AM1340 and AM950 in Charleston at 8:05 in the morning (or via TUNEinAPP for WQSC). You can judge for yourself. I called to congratulate him and set up the interview and we ended up talking about helping seniors in SC for 15 minutes. I felt like I was talking to someone who really cared for people. That’s just my take. Not all politicians are bad. We’ve got to better of drawing that distinction.

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I just spoke to Glenn McConnell this afternoon and I think the categorizations of him are false.
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Would you mind giving a reason to believe that?

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Smirks March 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm

“Hey Glenn, are you a corrupt, self-serving, amoral asshole trying to leech off of us with a cushy job you didn’t earn other than using your questionable political connections?”

“Uhh, well, erm… I wouldn’t say that.”

“Close enough for me!”

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

” I think we have many corrupt politicians in SC, but he is not one of them.”
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Sterling recommendation from an AM radio host who probably asked a prostitute for references.

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jimlewisowb March 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

“…talking…..for 15 minutes …felt like I was talking to someone..cared for people..”

Cockroach shit. I have known the cockroach for 46+ years and he has never done a damn thing that did not benefit Glenn first and foremost

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Sure. Reasons. Glenn McConnell worked to help move the African American community forward, quite the opposite of the NAACP wants you to believe. First he was instrumental in taking the number of AA judges to 17 from 7 in SC. He also believed the flag should be off the Statehouse. But had to try to find compromise. He’s made significant donations to Wendell Guilliards’ Cool Breeze which helps impoverished citizens in the Charleston Summer heat. These citizens are greatly African American. Moreover, this man has a real passion for the Seniors in our state who are losing their homes, falling onto medicaid. Not only are we harming their dignity as their homes are being lost to financial struggles, we are then costing you, the tax-papers huge bucks annually in Medicaid. On top of all of this, that picture floating around the internet was a Charleston CULTURAL event hosted by the Republican Women where 300 women from around the U.S. They had colonial, confederate, Japanese, Gullah, and a dozen other cultural influences at that event. The NAACP took that picture and COMPLETELY distorted what it was. In fact, the black lady, in the picture, who is a Gullah singer, told us that her business flourished as a result of the event (for other events she’s been asked to do/perform). BE VERY CAREFUL in SC. The data you read is frequently wrong, and it echoes throughout the internet.

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Louis March 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Glenn, you’re overly transparent and as usual, paranoid. Don’t use all caps, and avoid words like “moreover.” The more you write, the more you post, the more you look like an elephant in a tar pit. As CofC president, you can’t force people to like you or work with you. You are a Saturday-Night-Live comedy routine.

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm

an elephant in a tar pit
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“a wreck on the shore is a lighthouse to the sea”

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Jan March 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Please give me an example of one thing Glenn McConnell has done to decrease the risk of senior citizens losing their homes to the cost of long term care. I am happy to debate that issue.

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Veteran McConnell Watcher March 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

He cant.McConnell plays his type for suckers and has for years.He comes on their radio shows,spouts off a bunch of feel good palaver and the host.,like this guy, goes all goo goo eyed.

McConnell has been doing this stuff for years.

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

The official list of occupations that are considered competent to run anything–anything at all–now include lawyers, established (or recently disestablised) career politicians, generals, medical doctors, and (in a more-limited sphere) engineers.
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Wasn’t Edwards at USC a political has-been and some type of doctor (dental surgeon?).

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

The responses to my post are devoid of facts, morally reprehensible (I simply don’t believe in calling people names because I don’t like them or disagree with them) and your language is worst than an X rated movie. When you have something intelligent to say or some facts that support your conjecture, I always love a good debate. But I prefer not to further engage people who use foul language and name-calling as their primary means of communication. I stopped doing that when I was a teenager. Unbelievable. And we wonder why the SC electorate is so screwed up???

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jimlewisowb March 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Sorry to see you bow out so quickly young fella

No doubt many of us in the electorate are screwed up. We grew up believing in Mom’s apple pie, Chevrolet, football on Friday night in the fall and Saturday afternoon Little League baseball in spring

We trusted the family Doctor, the always happy to see you Pharmacist, the town’s Police Chief, the Judge who lived in the big house on the corner who put bad people away, the Preacher who couldn’t carry a tune in a wheelbarrow but still sang louder than everyone else and the Senator who always seemed to be shaking someone’s hand

Then over the years there were the lies, the deceptions and outright blatant criminal activity on behalf of these people who we trusted not only to make our lives better but the lives of our children and the lives of our grandkids. We have watched our kids, friends and neighbors go off to war to fight not to protect our freedoms at home but to satisfy some political agenda

Yep, we curse, we are disrespectful, we are irreverent, we are morally reprehensible and we care – so we stay and fight – each one in their own way

However if you want to pitch your tent and leave the field of battle that certainly is your right

Maybe after a good shower and you get all that sand out of your pussy you will return

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Thomas March 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I think he needs a heaping dosage of Black Draught…he is full of shit.

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

“Black Draught”
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Have not heard that term in ages.
Ilex vomitoria

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Fits Aint No Republican March 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Once again,rather weird that a Talk Radio host would be concerned about “civility” in speech.Have you ever listened to some of your fellow hosts on your station?

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I’m shocked at how you manage to pack so many pertinent facts in such a short paragraph. Reading your elegant missive, I don’t see how any of us potty mouths here could deny your mastery of the subject.

You shame me, sir – for all of South Carolina.

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shifty henry March 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

But I prefer not to further engage people who use foul language and name-calling as their primary means of communication
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You haven’t encountered the GrandTurnip yet.

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

The main reason politicians keep bringing up secession is so they won’t be prosecuted by the federal government for their crimes.

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Edgar March 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm

We wish they would be prosecuted, em. Not a single person of consequence has been indicted since Bill Nettles got in there. They pick on those that are broke, are in other trouble and those out of political favor. Toal should have been gone as well as Harrell and Clyburn. The Feds ain’t what they used to be.

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I think Republicans see getting away with taxpayer money as manifest destiny.. “a fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place.”

They convince people they want “smaller government” and “states rights” so there won’t be anyone left to convict them.

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

You’re going to get people to listen to you position a whole lot better with the first 90% of it than the last 10%. You have to get SC voters to listen to the idea that change is needed or the same people will keep winning, and name-calling and the like will turn them off. For instance, we need a new US Senator. But the one we have will get re-elected unless the opponents and supporters of the opponents clearly articulate to the uniformed WHY it is that they need to vote for change. Re: Try Obama’s style while actually telling the truth and some good people will win. Otherwise, we keep getting more like him.

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Fits Aint No Republican March 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Weird that you oppose Lindsay Graham ,yet are supportive of Glen McConnell as both are very typical Establishment Republican types with almost identical political views and are often denounced by Tea Party types and more Right Wing GOP types as not being conservative “enough.”

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Jan March 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I have no problem with voting for change. We certainly need to change the party that has been running this state into the ground for the past 20 years. Again, provide one example of anything Glenn McConnell has done to reduce the risk senior citizens losing their homes to the cost of long term care. Or should we just take your word for it as, you obviously did McConnell’s

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

McConnell listens to the voters. Graham does not. It’s also much different to judge the Lt. Gov or a State Senator and a Senator who goes to DC and splits the Conservative vote.

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Fits Aint No Republican March 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

What the Hell does that mean?”Listens to the voters?”Talk about simply repeating some silly Talking point!Anyone who wins an election can mouth off that shibboleth.Do they really pay you to do your show or do you pay them?Your naïveté is amazing.

“Listens to the voters?” What a line!

Hahahahaha!

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Who Mike Gallagher? He’s soft. Laura Ingraham? not connecting to what you mean there? Rocky D? He’s out there, but has a huge following, but he’s a puppy dog. Todd Schnitt? not sure I’d agree there either. He’s pretty clean. I’ve never heard any of them say f’ing cockroach. Sorry. I must have missed that.

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

He’s been one of the lead spokesman for the Council of Aging’s urgent program in this state to try to help the non-profits take a role in helping seniors early so they don’t have to spend their home equity in order to live in retirement. By doing so, these collective efforts will and have helped many avoid jumping on the medicaid rolls which cost us $54k per patient per year. In addition, he has quietly (along with his brother) given substantial financial support to Wendell Gilliard’s Project Cool Breeze, which is a great program that helps seniors without air conditioning in the Summer. Even Gilliard, a black Democrat spoke out in favor of McConnell for the CofC post. The points on this page about the macro-level issues in SC are extremely valid, but many of the politicians that are abused and called-out will privately tell you they agree. I’m not going to say who those people are, but I shape my opinions off my access to most of the news and judging the character of people through conversations with and about them. The NAACP, the Coastal Conservation League and other such groups are shaping the views of many by attacking people who make in fact render solutions (if so empowered) that would make those organizations truly useless. That is what you read or hear in many media outlets. There is NO reporting voice in this state about anything (in the media) so an individuals views are shaped by what they read. If you really want to find the problems in SC, look toward the appointed and anointed SC and City Government Bureaucrats working on their Gov Pension. Those were always the people I had problems with when I was working with the Realtors association trying to make change (lobbying light); not the politicians. Bottom Line: We need to fire a bunch of idiots in Govmint Jobs here in SC in addition to electing some new blood!

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Jan March 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Total nonsense. As I suspected, you can’t debate what you do not understand. Senior citizens are not depleting their home equity to live in retirement. They are losing their home to the cost of long term care. What SC does for seniors who are facing a need for long term care is abysmal. We provide a fraction of the assistance provided by our neighboring states. That is why senior citizens are losing their homes and McConnell has not lifted one finger to help.

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Senior C March 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

Yes, hopefully McConnell will do more for the CofC than he has for the Dept. on Aging; although can’t really blame him personally. He turned it over to his long-time secretary who turned it over to the director and his former administrative assistant. Then they took out the hatchet and chopped away at the agency until nothing was left. Hopefully the next Lt. Governor will be interested in helping Sr. Citizens. Or just give the agency back to the Governor.

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree March 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

I’m sorry – “I shame you.” Did you have some points or facts to add or just another attack?

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John March 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

In reading your posts, you obviously think highly of McConnell as a political and community leader. Fair enough. Wouldn’t you agree, though, that leading a college or university is not the same and that experience in higher education is generally essential? Ford wouldn’t hire a college president to be it CEO. Why should a college hire a person with no background or credentials in academia?

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Layer Cake March 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

If Charleston doesn’t want him we will take him at USC Upstate. I just found out we have started lay-offs because the administration doesn’t know how to administer.

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Cris Christopher March 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

Bryan Crabtree, you are clueless. Seniors are spending equity in retirement because 90% of them are not/have not saved enough for retirement period. Instead of having a new car in the driveway every five years, they should have been dumping more money into savings. Instead of buying the mini mcmansion, buy a nice less expensive home and put more money into savings. Get a clue. The studies are out there to back this up

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jimBob March 24, 2014 at 8:48 am

Are these the same sources that claimed he was not going to get the position? Or is this just something else made up to attract readers?

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Kel March 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

Prepare for brain drain of unprecedented proportions

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Jackie Chiles March 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Lol, yeah. Because academic jobs are sooo easy to find.

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Kel March 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

They are. Just don’t pay well.

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Jackie Chiles March 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm Reply
Kel March 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

So those who wish to enter academe do so through adjunct professor jobs first because universities save money on adjunct professor’s cheap labor, right? Right. Adjunct jobs are out there–check the Chronicle of Higher Education you’ll find adjunct jobs in a few fields.

By Google searching for something that you thought made your point, gloriously brought home mine. Conclusion: academic jobs are out there, just not ones that offer benefits and good pay. Thanks–maybe there’s a research assistant job open somewhere. You wouldn’t be half bad.

Jackie Chiles March 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm

You’ve obviously not attended college. There are literally TONS of PHD graduated floating around without jobs. You are completely detached from the economy circa 2009-present. The ones working for peanuts as adjuncts are the lucky ones.

Kel March 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

Circa 2009-present! Risible assertion with pretext in the absurd, of course (Thanks, Obama!). “TONS of PHD”? Maybe they should lose a few POUNDS, in keeping with your poor reference. You’re likely talking about liberal arts PhDs who have had a hard time finding jobs, but jobs in academe are available. Same point from earlier. You, sir, are irreparably ineducable.

Jackie Chiles March 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Show me any statistic that shows that CofC professors who leave en masse will be able to get jobs with similar pay in their field. Otherwise, keep nitpicking the use of “tons” like a simpleton.

Kel March 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Can’t yet. You’re putting the cart before the horse, kinda like a halfwit. You used the word tons, not me. And I’m the simpleton?

Jackie Chiles March 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Absolutely.

Kel March 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

You’re great at being wrong

John March 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

Good think CofC isn’t a real school.

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Jackie Chiles March 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

The fact that all these retarded CofC undergrads are against McConnel makes me think he’s the right guy.

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Philip Branton March 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

This is a great sign for GRAHAM……

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Pop Quiz March 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Who’s going to pay for his personal security detail ($445,000)?
a. students (tuition)
b. alumni (donations)
c. taxpayers (annual appropriation to the college
d. none of the above
e. all of the above

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jimlewisowb March 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Good question

I have never read why McConnell warrants 24/7 “protection”

Once he becomes POTCOC odds are he will he go crying to Leatherpecker and be assigned “protection” until his death

Don’t know what the little fucker has on everyone but if keeps a contingent of SLED agents 24/7 once he vacates the State House for the last time it will be another indicator how fucked up this State really is.

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Dominick Carrullo March 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm

OMG! You gotta be kidding…right? My kid is (was) matriculating through CofC. Not good.

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Eddy March 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

I thought he killed H3101 so that he could get Haley’s support. Maybe he did both since his political star is waning and had to pander hard to his political frienemies to get what he wanted.

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