Pork Barrel Trash Talk, SC Style

TOP “REPUBLICANS” BATTLE OVER BOONDOGGLES …  For those of you not following the latest money-wasting machinations over at the S.C. State House, a powerful group of Lowcountry South Carolina lawmakers is pushing to make the College of Charleston the state’s fourth government-funded “research university.” What’s a research university? Glad you…


For those of you not following the latest money-wasting machinations over at the S.C. State House, a powerful group of Lowcountry South Carolina lawmakers is pushing to make the College of Charleston the state’s fourth government-funded “research university.”

What’s a research university? Glad you asked … it’s a hole that sucks your money.

In other words it’s precisely the last thing taxpayers need to be subsidizing in a state that already spends a disproportionately large size of its budget on “higher education” (which isn’t even a core function of government in the first place).

Try telling that to fiscal liberals like S.C. Lieutenant Gov. Glenn McConnell and House Speaker Bobby Harrell, though – both of whom have been aggressively pushing this “Charleston University” boondoggle. In fact the millions of dollars in new government funding earmarked for this new “research university” is widely regarded as the payoff to College of Charleston board members for selecting McConnell as the school’s next president earlier this year.

Everybody’s back is getting scratched in other words … at your expense.

One lawmaker standing up to the boondoggle? S.C. Senate “majority” leader Harvey Peeler – who can occasionally be coaxed into doing right by taxpayers.


After Peeler spoke out against the deal earlier this week, Harrell dispatched another naggingly inconsistent “Republican” – S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms – to try and reason with him.

Only “trying to reason with him” ended up in the communication of a threat from Harrell to tie up a children’s literacy bill Peeler is hoping to move through the S.C. House.

How did this threat from Harrell go over? Not well …

“Tell him I said ‘f*ck you,'” Peeler told Grooms late Wednesday, according to our sources.

Grooms – one of those annoying social conservatives – reportedly told Peeler that he didn’t feel comfortable passing along a message that contained profanity, and offered to merely convey Peeler’s general displeasure.

“No,” Peeler told him. “Tell him I said ‘f*ck you.'”

Whoa …

Think that’s heated? It gets better …

At the annual legislative basketball game later that day, Peeler spied Harrell sitting courtside and approached him.

“Did you get my message?” Peeler asked Harrell, according to multiple lawmakers and lobbyists who witnessed the exchange.

“Yeah,” the Speaker responded. “I heard you said you weren’t happy with me.”

“No, that wasn’t the message,” Peeler responded. “The message was: F*ck you.”

Then he walked off …

Hmmmm … so that’s where Peeler’s political operatives get their potty mouths from …

Those in attendance at the game were shocked, although a pro-Peeler source reminded us to “please emphasize that it was all in response to a legislative threat.”

“Harvey didn’t just roll up and ‘go Gaffney’ on him,” the source said, referring to Peeler’s rural Upstate hometown.

Language and tactics aside, taxpayers should probably root for mutually assured destruction in this particular scrape (i.e. the defeat of both McConnell and Harrell’s “Charleston University” and Peeler’s big government literacy program). Come to think of it, if juvenile spats like this succeed in cutting government spending – we should pray for more of them.

Dysfunction that keeps money from being blown on unnecessary expenses is good dysfunction …

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F. Bomb Pro May 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Nothing expresses disdain as clearly as “eff you” except, perhaps, “go eff yoursefl.”

Jay Ellington May 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Or, “bless your heart”.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Nothing expresses disdain as clearly as “eff you” except, perhaps, “go eff yoursefl.”

True, but there will always be a place in TBG’s heart for:


euwe max May 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Fuck all haters I see, ’cause I hate that you breathe,
I see you duck, you little punk, you little fucking disease

Halfvast Conspirator May 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm

So it looks like Bobby might be slipping a bit in his lofty position when mere pee-ons go around saying poo-poo stuff like that to his herpesboil-erupted face. Doesn’t Harv know that Bobby is the King of SC? Off with his head!

Did you get my message May 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I just became a lil bit of a Peeler fan

vicupstate May 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Don’t. Whatever reason Peeler has for doing what he is doing, you can rest assured it is not for ‘right’ reasons. He is probably getting even for some pet project of his own that went south at Harrell’s hands.

Bible Thumper May 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Harvey Peeler, Clemson University, B.S., 1970
I would bet that Clemson and USC don’t want the competition for state funds, National Science foundation funds or Private endowment funds that might result from the designation. (Boeing etc.)

Fonzarelli May 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Peeler is a slime ball, who is vindictive, vulgar and a skirt chaser of anything which will hold still long enough.
He probably meant FU literally to Harrell. The reputation speaks for itself and if I were Bobby I would not drop anything ,while around Peeler and bend over to retrieve it! Oink!, Oink, squeal like a pig!!!!!

Former Senate employee May 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Two low life corrupt skunks in a pissing contest! Nothing more, nothing less! Any praise heaped on Peeler is misguided and misplaced.

jimlewisowb May 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

“….message was: F*ck you……Those in attendance at the game were shocked…”

Give me a fucking break – shocked you say – this from a group of cockroaches who spend 24/7 with their dicks up taxpayers’ asses

CorruptionInColumbia May 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

“Bugger you”, is more acceptable in the polite company of legislative roaches.

Me May 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Good for Peeler. Harrell should be wary – he needs friends, not testing the limits of waning power. That won’t go well.

A bit of blood in the water and the sharks will circle.

Jaws May 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

“A bit of blood in the water and the sharks will circle.”
You can count on us——- we never close, we just doze!

hell yeah May 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Love it. Good for Peeler for not caving to this threat.

Native Ink May 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Larry Grooms is also whining that this is all a “war on Charleston.” I’m from Charleston and even I’m sick of our pork barrel politicians.

Brian Knight May 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Good for Peeler. Harrell is a punk.

More F Bombs = Less Spending May 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

This made my day. Go Peeler. It’s about time someone stood up to that big-government Republican phony Harrell.

Joyce King May 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Go Peeler!

GrandTango May 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Hey FITS…Your god-Obama was forced to scape-goat ANOTHER of his major F*#k ups today (in the VA) and fired some other chump doing Obama’s bidding (death-paneling soldiers)……

Why are you SO avoiding the DC scene???…When your god-Obama is drowning, it’s too painful for your Stupid, and Lying @$$ to watch…is it not???

CNSYD May 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Now had the bill been to make “Limestone University” a research university, Peeler would have been all for it.

GrandTango May 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Wow: Politicians at odds. I NEVER would have believed there could EVER be cross words between people who may not agree.

Thank you Mr. FITS for bringing this expose to us. Thank you for your invaluable insight and RARE glimpse behind the scenes. FITS, you’re dreamy, so connected…and smart too..

PS: Thanks for not syntactically torturing the exchange to the extent it was un-readable. That’s a bonus w/ you…

junior justice May 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm


Little Miss Muffett returned from her lunch break!

Pareto May 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm

GrandTango is mentally ill. Good gosh.

joe May 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Bobby’s mama shoulda used better birth control.

I Hate Bobby's Guts May 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

The best part of Bobby ended up as a brown stain on his mother’s mattress.

Harrell Will Be Destroyed May 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Harrell is going to get his stupid fucked up ass physically kicked at this rate. He will have the People of South Carolina declaring all out war on his sick, evil, and criminal self. The man is a psychotic schizoid.

neighbor May 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Yes, he is gonna get the ass f*cking of his life. Might want to stock up on the KY.

bobby May 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm

You say psycho like it’s a bad thing.

Harrell Will Be Destroyed May 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Harrell’s boondoggle – almost ONE BILLION dollar I-526 extension project that was rammed down tax payers throats, Senator Peeler opposes it. This has now become a battle to purge the evil ones (like Harrell) from our lives for good. Harrell can’t be reformed. Harrell has to be wiped out and put away where he belongs – PRISON. He must be made an example out of and PERSECUTED. It has to be done – PERIOD!

uptown townhouse May 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Some of you are giving Harvey Peeler WAY too much credit! The only difference between he and Harrell, Harrell has been caught. Fits has written about Peeler and his brother Bob contaminating South Carolina with out of state trash and Peeler’s skirt chasing , etc.

Shirley May 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Peeler is chairman of the committee hearing his brothers trash proposal.
According to Fits a while back, they want to bring out of State and I believe out of country human waste into SC. Bob Peeler lobbyist and Clemson Trustee is behind this. It will trash our state contaminate our water and environment.
It is very appropriate to have the Peeler name and trash in the same sentence! They are synonymous with trash, adulterous, lying, cheating and home wrecking. You can bet Harvey’s bad attitude has something to do with some gain, or benefit to himself.

Fay Rae May 30, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Not the least of his sins, he is the biggest Haley lap dog rear end kisser in the Senate with Leatherman, Martin, etc.

Rocky May 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

If for one support this effort. THere are so many things I want state government to research in the Low Country. Like, I want to research the impact on global warming from horse farts along Charleston streets. I want to know if she-crab soup is better if he was made with he-crab instead. Also, I would like some research done to find old civil war batteries on Morris Island, and if possible, a study on Low Country rice fields and if they could make a comeback if we used illegal aliens to harvest it. I also want to have a study on why Charleston men dress so much nicer than upstate fuddy duddies, and the economic impact of drinking mint julips in Summer. But most important, I would like some research on why Charleston women look so hot, and upstate women look so – well you know. Haley-like.

Good Drugs Betty June 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Charlestons got better drugs too! Real Good Drugs!

Steve May 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

If only Peeler would have spiked the ball off of Harrell’s forehead after he said it.

Fuck You Harrell May 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

???(-_-)??? F*ck You, Harrell.

RHood2 May 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Didn’t Bobby Harrell want a closed-door court hearing because of some supposed veiled threat from the S.C. A.G.? A legislative threat??? Pot, meet kettle.

Butch May 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Does this mean the College of Charleston will get a Division I football team?

Tradd Street May 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I agree. We need to know the answer to that question before we can make an informed opinion on whether to support the bill or not.

Betty on the Broad June 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

No, we need Good Drugs, Real Good Drugs; xtc is what I need

[email protected] May 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

“The Harvey Peeler Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too”

To Harrell and his Cronies May 31, 2014 at 12:15 am

……….(‘(….´…´… ¯~/’..’)

jimlewisowb May 31, 2014 at 8:59 am


SCBlues May 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

You think they’re Number One??

Ralph Hightower June 1, 2014 at 6:27 am

F*ck! Charleston doesn’t need a research university. There are three state supported colleges in Charleston.
Atta boy Peeler!

Betty Taylor June 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

He looks like the new Mr. Speaker, meet the new Speaker, same as the old Speaker. Does he do Good, well, nevermind.

Here Again June 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Harrell “is not being accountable by any stretch of the imagination let alone the letter of the law,” said Edwin Bender, executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, an independent group that monitors campaign finance laws. “This is someone who has become brazen because he’s so confident of his power.”

Commonman June 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

Wonder what part of that Bobby does not understand?


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