Lawmakers: Charleston Trustee Ousted For Opposing McConnell

PETTY POLITICS 101 …  Multiple “Republican” lawmakers in the South Carolina House and Senate have confirmed to FITS that College of Charleston trustee Dan Ravenel was booted from his post this week because he opposed the controversial hiring of S.C. lieutenant governor Glenn McConnell as the school’s next president. This…


Multiple “Republican” lawmakers in the South Carolina House and Senate have confirmed to FITS that College of Charleston trustee Dan Ravenel was booted from his post this week because he opposed the controversial hiring of S.C. lieutenant governor Glenn McConnell as the school’s next president.

This theory – first raised by S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) – was referenced in a story appearing in this week’s editions of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.

“Ravenel ultimately voted for McConnell on March 22, when the college’s board unanimously supported him as the school’s next leader,” the paper reported. “But sources with ties to board said Ravenel initially was a strong supporter of another candidate, only agreeing to vote for McConnell when it was clear he would win.”

Or when a deal was cut … 

Ravenel had no opposition for his seat on the college’s board of trustees, but was rejected by lawmakers anyway – ostensibly because he wasn’t sufficiently outspoken in opposing a pro-gay required reading selection at the school.

According to our sources, though, the vote against Ravenel was directly linked to his opposition to McConnell.

Not only that, lawmakers tell FITS the vote against Ravenel was orchestrated by powerful S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman – who was instrumental in pressuring trustees to vote for McConnell in the first place.

Ah, South Carolina …

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Ernie April 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

If this is true, it is very sad. Dan Ravenel is a very good man and a good person. He has done alot for the C of C.

Native Ink April 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

There’s some honor in being kicked out of a gang of toadies.

Good Ole Boy April 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

SC General Assembly is heading down a slippery slope. Very, very, very bad precedence. Is there anybody in Columbia willing to do the right thing, just 1 goddamn time!???

Qunby native son April 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Senator Hugh Leatherman of Florence is the spawn of Satan. His children, the little Devils of Florence, own this state lock stock and barrel. It is surprisingly easy to loot the treasury when the gang is white and well educated.

nitrat April 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Did you mean Quinby?

rebelcause April 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

and Hugh Leathermann now will get his new med/nursing school for Francis-Marrion – the ultimate cluster f… comes full circle. The mafia in New Jersey has to hide their collusion more than these scheming SOBs whose ego is only surpassed by the size of their prostates!

fortunecookie444 April 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm

well look at what happened when Pete Storm wanted to oppose William Hubbard, who will double as USC trustee and the head of the US Bar Association with offices in Chicago…wonder what he got as pay back !?! SC’s state legislators, college trustees and presidents (yes you too Harris Pastides!) and f…ing lawyers use this state like a all-you-can eat buffet…

James April 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Leatherman has billions to use to get what he wants. He wants a lot and he gets it.
It must be nice to have unlimited amounts of other peoples money to spend.

Porter April 3, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Not just he, Eddie Floyd, trustee at USC also pushed for that. With a bit of luck and a lot of inbreeding this behavior will regulate itself in a few hundred years. By that time SC will be well established as a third world country…the stench of south kakkalina politics is a lot to bear, even in these twilight days of the US of A.

Halfvast Conspirator April 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

nah nah, it was about allathem homo books

Sad April 3, 2014 at 9:13 am

Mr. Dan Ravenel exemplifies principles that most in our state legislature do not have, nor understand, and he paid a price for that.

Next time any of you statist ass kissers want to hold any of these cockroaches in government up on a pedestal, think of people like Ravenel-who do what they think is right and end up disemboweled by a pack of elected hyenas.

Reduce government to a little as possible. It’s evil & uncontrollable. The worst in our society reside in it, because it take s a charismatic sociopath, appealing to demagoguery to get elected. The worst possible people not only occupy it, but thrive in it and destroy all that is good.

Native Ink April 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

This is also South Carolina, where the legislators often make themselves look like asses but still get re-elected. I’m not sure I’d impugn the whole concept of government just because the voters in our state can’t tell a honest man from a horse thief.

Sad April 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

” I’m not sure I’d impugn the whole concept of government just because the voters in our state can’t tell a honest man from a horse thief.”

Seems like a pretty good reason to do so to me.

John April 3, 2014 at 9:54 am


well-i-am into it April 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

Do we know which legislators voted NAY? This is outrageous. Its the very essence of what our founding fathers feared….unbridled power. Are we staring at another episode of lost trust in our legislature?

Good Ole Boy April 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

Those who voted in the negative are:
Anderson Anthony
Bales Barfield Bedingfield
Bingham Bowers Branham
G. A.
Brown Burns Chumley
Clemmons Clyburn Cobb-Hunter
Cole H. A.
Crawford K. R. Crawford
Crosby Daning Delleney
Dillard Douglas
Forrester Gagnon George
Gilliard Hamilton Hardwick
Hart Hayes
Herbkersman Hiott Hixon
Hosey Howard
Kennedy King Knight
Loftis McEachern M. S.
Merrill Mitchell D. C. Moss
Nanney Neal Newton
R. L. Ott Owens
Parks Patrick Pitts
Putnam Quinn Riley
Robinson-Simpson Ryhal
Sabb Sandifer Simrill
J. R. Smith
Southard Spires
Stringer Tallon Thayer
Toole Vick Weeks
Whitmire Williams
Willis Wood

well-i-am into it April 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

Thanks GOB. Appreciate the effort. P&C says 81 voted against. There must be more of these clowns.

Libtard April 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

This state will emerge from the dark ages when the “little digger” finally retires.

Good Ole Boy April 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

Retire? Shit, he’ll have to kick the bucket before he retires.

John April 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

This state will never emerge from the dark ages.

Judith April 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm

He will have to take his bff’s, Toal, McConnell and Harrell with him.

dastar April 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Why do they call him “little digger”?

Quiet Lady April 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

Mr. Ravenel is not the only person to be dumped on in the races for the Charleston Board. McConnell was up to his eyeballs in the board race involving John Bush. Everyone here in the state house knows that Francis Marion lobbyist Dan Dukes conspired with McConnell, Leatherman and Paul Campbell to get Bush’s opponent to drop out of the race. Dukes and Bush have been inseperable up here trying to work the house and senate to get votes to keep his board seat. Bush’s opponent is a lawyer whose firm does a lot of state business. When it became obvious that Bush was going to get his ass kicked his opponent got a visit from Campbell and other senators. The message was get out or lose state business.

Sam April 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Who was his oppostition?

Good Ole Boy April 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

Based on the vote counts, several legislatures skipped out on the vote. That’s just as bad as voting against him!

GrandTango April 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

Was Ravenel (does he do crack, too) part of the board that was sending a kickback to that homosexual author by REQUIRING freshmen to read gay propaganda???

Inciteful April 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

Said it before, the C of C board is now irrelevant, neutered, and useless. McConnel has shown he has more power than these (now) tituly bosses. They should all resign, McConnell now and only reports to the god of his making, a golden calf.

Good Ole Boy April 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

I wonder how McConnell’s contract negotiations are going? I’m going out on a limb and say he will be the highest paid President in the history of C of C with school portion & the foundation board supplement.

dsmith April 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Here is a list of the board members. Click on their name (In red) for their profle

Want McConnell gone? April 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I’d love to see some very brave students exercise their constitutionally protected right to speech by reenacting a slave whipping in the middle of campus in honor of their new president’s affinity for real life confederate history. Stick the dog’s face in his own shit, so to speak.

YOU FUCKED UP THIS TIME April 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

It is punishable as a felony for retaliation in the free exercise of a secured constitutional and civil right. Because of Ravenel voting against someone he did not wish to vote for, he was single out and punished for exercising said right. Under the constitution and laws of the United States and the constitution and laws of South Carolina, McConnell and his cronies are now in very DEEP SHIT!!!!! They want a war? They got it. The people are going to bulldoze McConnell and his thugs. The numbers are increasing in opposition to these pig shits. :Lawsuits come … and with them comes persecuting for pulling this crap. Nobody can save McConnell and his fucktards now … nobody at all. They can grab their ankles and kiss their fucking assess GOODBYE!!!!!!

Thomas April 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Nothing will happen to these people. Nothing ever does happen to powerful people in this state unless other powerful insiders are having their share of the “take” being taken. Crooks. Yes, they are crooks.

Thomas Spies 4 McConnell April 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The cat is in the bag. The US Department of Justice is expected to launch an investigation. Watch the rats scatter and the cockroaches run when this news breaks full on.

News Tip From The Unholy City April 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Leatherman is going to end up getting baseball batted in the face at this rate. The entire student body at the C of C is now down with going into full protest mode over this crapola. Next up, effigies of McConnell and Leatherman will be torched on campus.


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