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Thomas Ravenel Issues Election Day Statement

Charleston, S.C. – June 10, 2014 – Former GOP statewide official and potential independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement on today’s 2014 primary elections: This election cycle has been dominated by lowest common denominator appeals from candidates aiming to be one of the lesser of two…

Charleston, S.C. – June 10, 2014 – Former GOP statewide official and potential independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement on today’s 2014 primary elections:

This election cycle has been dominated by lowest common denominator appeals from candidates aiming to be one of the lesser of two evils. No wonder the vast majority of South Carolinians refrain from voting on partisan primary day. They’ve heard it all before – yet all they see is more of the same.

At all levels of government – but especially in the U.S. Senate – we need to declare our independence from the failed two-party kleptocracy that’s hamstringing our economy and drowning us in debt.

I would hate to be Lindsey Graham right now. He’s a two-term incumbent battling in a low turnout race to get the support of only half of his own party – hardly a ringing endorsement.

To all of those voting in today’s GOP primary who are sick and tired of seeing so-called Republicans like Graham vote to grow government’s debt, raise their taxes, monitor their emails, trap their kids in failing schools and send their sons and daughters off to fight in senseless foreign wars – real help is on the way.

More importantly to the vast majority of South Carolinians who are so disillusioned with the system they decided against voting in these partisan elections – a real choice is coming.

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Axe Ike June 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Is it convenient having baby spoons around the house all day?

Mike at the Beach June 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Damn, dude… good stuff, that.

well-i-am into it June 11, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I wonder if T-Rav has helped a single person since his release. I wonder what his ‘real help is coming’ means. Can you show us any examples since your release from prison, T-Rav? For starters…did you help anyone with criminal record find a job (since you experienced the pain first hand).
If T-Rav went through hard times without coming out filled with compassion for others and urge to make it better for others, I doubt if he can ever serve people. Events in ones life changes people for the better and it naturally comes through. I would love to see such examples, as do other voters, before looking at T-Rav as a serious candidate.

Norma Scok June 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Speaking of the lowest common denominator… a 50 year old convicted felon man child

Axe Ike June 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

You forget baby daddy too.

TyroneMamaCollards June 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

right on bro…what garbage

T-Rat Fatigue June 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

yeah, you really look like a United States Senator. Oh, please run against Graham you fool – pleasssssssssee!!!!!

He is using you June 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Headline should read “broke blogger sells page space to trust fund druggie, dilutes credibility even further”

Barry1234 June 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

This site is the only entity that would print anything Ravenel says.

southmauldin June 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I find it somewhat creepy that Will has all of these pictures of Ravenel in pastels and/or tshirts that teenagers occasionally wear. And he’s always in a boat or driving one. Did he email these pictures to you for you to use?

Bromance June 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

They probably swap photo’s on their respective Pinterest accounts all day.

Smirks June 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Either that or they came in the envelope with the check.

Smirks June 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Ah, yes, T-Rav’s going to bring us a “real choice.” Why vote for the lesser evil?

Jay Ellington June 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Who would be the lesser-er in this case?

Mike at the Beach June 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Precisely! What choice?! The choice is being made today! If (and I still say that’s a big “if”) Ravenel actually runs, the only choice he adds for the anti-Graham crowd will be whether to toss your vote away with a few percent points of your kooky friends. They already have choices after today- they can vote Dem for Hutto or they can stay home and pout in their tin-foil hats.

If Ravenel runs and breaks 10% in November I’m sending Will a gift card for dinner for him and the wife for a “job well done.” If we find out tonight that LG has slipped and only picked 35-40%…that’s a world of hurt for him. I think he’ll close it tonight, though, which means that he’s also closed November, with or without Man-crush in the race.

Smells like puff mud but ain't June 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I spoke to a 90 year-old stroked out war veteran at the Lutheran Church voting precinct today and he offered more astute insight into the race than this. Perhaps you can catch a ride on developing some of those Dolla Gen’rals and earn a buck or two because your political insight and platforms are murky and childish. Did your baby mamma pen this for you?

Nölff June 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marijuana, Ecstasy and Alcohol
C-C-C-cocaine,C-C-C-cocaine, C-C-cocaine,

GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Didn’t that stupid show (that doubles as FITS’ porno reel) get CANCELLED?…

And that idiot still does not get the message.

Tunes'n'News June 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Lowest common denominator = reality tv.

Sick Of Corruption June 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Fuck You, Ravenel. You are a lying crooked drug head sociopath. And so is your father.

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ASCII June 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Got the double barreled finger action going today. Sweet.

El Cid June 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

OK go ahead and vote for the RINO flake and boyfriend of John McCain or cast your vote for a stinky DemocRat. To each his own. Live and let live. Oh, and same to you.

Fed Up Republican June 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I could give a lesser damn what Ravenel, Sanford, Eckstrom, Haley, Harrell, Ard, the Peelers, Martin, leatherman, Courson and most of the rest of these psychotic people have to say. They protect and cover and lie for each other, reelect slime and a corrupt Dem. Supreme Court Justice (Toal) and then want our money and support…sickening!
I’m a epublican and will NOT vote Republican in the future until the party stops coddling and giveing audience to the liars, adulterers, criminals and thieves!
All have lied, cheated, stolen and betrayed their families and family names. If they will stab thheir families in the back like this, they will and HAVE certainly do the same to the voters and taxpayers!

Thomas Payne June 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Forgot your Lime…

Logan Smith June 11, 2014 at 3:12 am

Vote third party. The GOP is dead, if you’re a conservative.

Commonman June 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Considering the alternatives, Ravenel has my vote. Look beyond the criticisms and at his politics, he stands for what a lot of us want. So easy to criticize for human failings which we all have, some more than others. Give the man a break and another chance.

Lee Padgett June 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Unfortunately you wont get this judgmental motley crew to see the reasoning in that argument. 2 thumbs up!!. The party boy has done no worse than the rest of us– HE JUST GOT CAUGHT. His behaviors I do not condone, but some of us only learn through the school of hard knocks and then are chastised and branded for life, his message is one that needs to be heard by the elected masses but alas they will only continue to dole out their votes to the highest bidders, which aint us. Bend over people and get your vaseline out, the proctological exams and gynecological exams aint over yet.

Smirks June 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm

The party boy has done no worse than the rest of us

That’s a joke, right? Not all of us are 50-something frat boy wannabes.

Dirty, But Not That Dirty June 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Rght on. I’ll be 50 this year and the last thing I would want is to listen to are early 20 somethings all day. These kids use “like” as a fucking comma. Granted, I didn’t say anything about how hot it is seeing half their asses rocking them shorts.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I’ll be 50 this year and the last thing I would want is to listen to are early 20 somethings all day.

Soon enough you’ll be able to turn your hearing aid off and solve that problem…

euwe max June 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm

That’s what drugs are for.

Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I disagree. I condone his behavior. (sarcasm mixed with litotes)

The only difference between TR of today and the TR that got elected is that he is more cynical about the Federal justice system which was used as a cudgel by jealous, vindictive RINOs and Democrats. (Yes, I know, I used the words “cudgel” and “litotes” in a sentence, and another puppy died.)

Seriously (stand-up change of direction), many of our laws – drugs and driving mostly – only add money to our coffers, they help no-one and protect no-one. (Explicit libertarian expression)

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm


Combined with overripe bananas, frozen lime juice, cool whip and copious amounts of Bacardi…these make some mighty fine daiquiris.

Jay Ellington June 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

No felony convictions here.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

No felony convictions here, either!

On the Dumbass Watch June 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm

The operative word being “convictions.”Notice there is no claim not to having COMMITED felonies.

euwe max June 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

lady killer
never convicted!

Fat Greg Dulli June 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Guilty as charged.

Smirks June 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Give the man a break and another chance.

I bet that’s what his defense lawyer told the judge at his last DWI hearing.

Multipe personality dis... June 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

C’est la vi is ok with Beaudreux an awl. Dat don’t mean I gots to vote for the fella to represent and lead.
Ya see heh, this ole boy is a still a doing does tangs you be sayin was a human failings an awl.

In other words moron he is still living the lifestyle that got him into these problems – and promoting it on National TV. He knows he is a joke and he is rubbing it in your naive face. That said, Commonman, I suspect that you are Ravenel because the tone sounds familiar. Human failings – my big fat hairy ass.

Commonman June 11, 2014 at 7:15 am

Thanks for the kind words and intellectual discourse. Hate on Brother, it just destroys you.

Barry1234 June 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I’ll give him a break. But I wouldn’t give him my vote under any circumstance.

El Cid June 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

So you’d vote for the RINO Graham, who is John McCain’s boyfriend, or a DemocRat, over a freedom and liberty candidate? Oh well, to each his own.

CNSYD June 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

El Cid, be careful throwing stones from Skip Reville’s glass house.

Barry1234 June 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I’d vote for Graham and most people over a guy I wouldn’t trust to watch my dogs over a weekend.

Inciteful June 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Before I would consider T-Rav, I wanna hear from Daffy Duck.

GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Such a beautiful (background) setting for a photo. South Carolina is a truly magnificent state…too bad I almost barfed because Ravenel’s ugly mug is polluting the picture.

I don’t care where this sickening B@$*@*d goes…just GO!!!!

Bible Thumper June 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Never see a picture of him working. Are the glasses hiding bloodshot eyes?

Good Question June 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Rav or Tango?

Beartrkkr June 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Dealer’s choice…

GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

He’s like FITS. Daddy takes care of him. That way he can waste all of his time telling us how to live.

Mike Wallace June 12, 2014 at 11:40 am

He built his own Real Estate Development firm.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Salt water + boat = work sooner or later.

Trust TBG.

Norma Scok June 11, 2014 at 12:10 am

This, I’ll agree with. The only thing salt water can fuck up is 1)fish, 2) more salt water.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm


Looks like one of TBG’s old spottail holes in Beresford Creek behind Daniel Island.

Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I had a spottail hole once. But she left me for a bigger fish.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Yeah…but she prolly fried that bigger fish in divorce court…..

Dwayne June 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Name must have been Donna, Maria, or Kelly?

Bible Thumper June 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Will, are you going to be the press secretary in the Ravenel campaign? Have you already started? “Kleptocracy” is an uncommon word but you used it eight times in previous articles and in this article. Factotum had 885,000 Google hits, Kleptocracy has only 534,000. Very rare.
The teaser statements at the end are also seem very “FOLK-sey”.

Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Beat me to it.

John Boy June 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Funny, the only love T-Rav’s getting is from Fits. See, we can come to a bipartisan agreement on something.

Thomas June 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm

You are right…more than I can stand. I’m outta here.

Thomas Payne June 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Begyopahdn… Issues Election Day Statement…so…so…who cares…I say again WHO CARES what this pimple on the backside of West T rashly
says or does…
put that in the fats rats dead ass file…wasn’t his 15 minutes up 24 hours ago?

HD June 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm


willblogformoney June 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

T-Rav loves grams

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

Bumper Sticker:

“Miss Lindsey won’t be the first ‘Gram’ that T-Rav has annihilated!”

Tired of T-Spaz! June 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I thought this worthless piece of shit lived in Florida with his freaky looking Ginger. T-Loser, don’t get excited about hooking up with a 20-something, discarded cum-receptacle and think it makes you more credible as a leader. You are pure trailer trash and a glory hound. You have no characteristics of a leader. You are a total joke. Unfortunately, you don’t realize you are the punchline.

El Cid June 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

As you say, so are you. I will vote for Thomas and I hope he wins. If not, at least he can ruin the day of the pathetic Rino Graham, John McCain’s boyfriend. I’ll take someone who has used a little coke over John McCain’s boyfriend and a DemocRat, any day.

Tired of T-Spaz! June 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Keep polishing his nuts, you sycophant. Luckily for us real EL CID folks, he does not wear The Ring.

El Cid June 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Really? No Ring?
I just want someone who can cause the pathetic RINO Graham to not get re-elected and if it means a spoiler like Thomas, so be it. If it means a DemocRat getting elected for one term, so be it.
I am not doing this to be a self seeking sycophant. I do not even know Ravenel. I have nothing personal to gain. My only desire is to see a restoration of the nation based on Constitutional principles.
How about you acting like a mature Citadel Man by seeking intelligent discourse. I state my case, you state your case. We seek to understand the other side and then we make ourselves understood.
I did not know about the Ring. Thanks for pointing that out.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

TBG would like to see him win also…but if he doesn’t have a shot, TBG will vote for Hutto over Graham.

Bam June 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Dear T-Rat…

PLEASE go away. NOBODY gives a shit what you think. Go crawl back in your hole with your sidekick Ginger Tramp.

You are both jokes. The only place you’re important is in your self-obsessed minds.

El Cid June 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm

BamBam who let the Flintstones out. who, who, who. who, who

Bam June 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I don’t know but I’ll play your stupid game…who?

You know, if you reverse “El Cid”, it’s “Dicle”. The eytmology of Dicle is dick-cicle. Soooo….well….good talk, Dick-cicle.

Ginny F. June 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

Actually it would mean that he is most likely a Citadel grad. But I am unsure why you are so angry. If you would like to point out someone else’s character it might help to not be called Bam. I personally care what his opinion you so please don’t lump my well educated self in with your “NOBODY”.

Bam June 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

No shit??? Thank God your “well educated self” showed up to enlighten me, there Guinea!

You literally ooze “well educated self” with sentences like “ I personally care what his opinion you so please don’t lump my well educated self in with your “NOBODY”.

“what his opinion you”
That’s just too dumb to even be a typo.

Side note…got my MBA from El Cidin ’04. My initials are ‘BAM’. Also, please rest assured I will never, ever lump your well educated self in with my nobody.

One more thing, if you constantly find yourself telling people you’re smart and/or you are “well educated”, chances are better than average that you’re not.


mcleod51 June 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

They tried to educate me well, but I failed to cooperate.

Ginny F. June 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Not sure what you are referring to but OK. I don’t care to speak to people who curse others. Side note…if you went to the Citadel as a cadet you would know that is no way to speak to any person, especially a woman.

To refer to me as a pig is disgusting and hurtful. I simply stated a defense to your first insult to someone that happened to come up on my feed. I apologize I should have never stooped to your level of discussion and it will not happen again.

Have a blessed day BAM.

Bam June 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I didn’t attend El Cid as an undergrad. I actually attended West Point. There’s no comparison, by the way so don’t even try.

After I graduated, I did a tour in Panama, 2 in Iraq and 2 in Bosnia while a member of the 3-325th ABCT. Sorry to disappoint you.

A Guinea is a bird, braniac. Funny how you’re so intelligent yet you associated the name I called you with a rodent (read: not actually a pig). Or was that a Freudian slip? …go ahead…look it up…I’ll wait…

Just stop. Your ‘well educated self’ is showing.

Ginny F. June 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Please cease and desist. I am not playing insults with you. No slip, no miss-read either. No need to look it up sir. Please just stop.

Barry1234 June 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Lowest common denominator describes Thomas Ravenel perfectly.

Barney fife June 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Thomas STFU go the f&$/ away. You had your time you wasted it or got wasted. Be a dad. Be a husband. Stop being a dumb f@&$

El Cid June 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Wow. Barney Fife lives another day.

Matt June 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

This guy is SO desperate for attention, its pathetic.

carmela June 10, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Hey, at least he doesnt really hide anything, the others do the same sh*t, they just hire pretty people to gloss it over, AND they get nothing done, they just follow the same old bs path the others have. I’d vote for T-Rav for the entertainment value at the least…he is likeable! He is like a Charleston version of Geroge W jr…

Barry1234 June 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm

You sound like my 4th grader- “yeah, but he’s worse daddy” – that’s a really bad reason to vote for someone (Ravenel)

carmela June 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Haha well, the way I see it the others running are not gonna change a thing, you might as well take a risk on someone who might. If there is one thing T-rav is “publically” vs other politicians…its different. I don’t see how he could do any worse than anyone else. Our country is so screwed up with the idiots in congress…you can not argue against that. Put something different in there and let him shake em up.

Logan Smith June 11, 2014 at 3:10 am

What’s the difference between this guy and the Libertarian Kocher?

Mike Wallace June 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Money and name ID.

Logan Smith June 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Which does which have?

Mike Wallace June 12, 2014 at 11:38 am

Ravenel has both.

CorruptionInColumbia June 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

I’m not thrilled and not a fan of Ravenel, but damn, he just may get my vote in November. Yeah, his past is not a plus, that if for sure. Still, while I groaned that he got coverage on here, his writings were coherent and true. He has the money to at least make Lindsey Poo spend more of that money he has collected from special interests in the MIC and elsewhere.

As I noted earlier about two third-world dictators (one deceased) who I would gladly vote for if either was alive and running against Lindsey, T-Rav couldn’t harm this country as badly as Lindsey will.

Ginny F. June 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

Such hate on this blog… I am sure none of you are perfect and personally I respect a man who owns his faults and his failures. Lets not forget he did nothing to SC it was his own personal choice that never affected his job nor the state of SC…if it had… he would have been charged with that.

dude really June 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm

ginny, absolutely, he brought no shame to the state after being entrusted with our public reputation by the voters…or maybe not.

Ginny F. June 12, 2014 at 11:43 am

OK, so lets see we have a lying Governor who makes deals she can’t keep behind close doors to very prominent businesses, a Senator who I am pretty sure bats for the other team who if ever came out pretty sure would never be voted again. Just out of curiosity would you vote for the 56% given this man in a factual low voting poll if he admitted to being gay? We have had several unethical politicians in this state who were voted over and over again b/c when it came to the job… they got it done!

Suck it, teabaggers June 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

“I would hate to be Lindsey Graham right now.”

Sitting US Senator, solid winner of his primary? Don’t worry, you’ll never be Lindsey Graham.

Vohn Busby June 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm


Mike at the Beach June 12, 2014 at 12:54 am

If Ravenel (or Will) possibly thought that some glimmer of hope existed for the Ravenel movement come November, Graham’s 56% should shut that right on down. In a low turnout primary that should have had “Tea Party” and other anti-establishment types lined up around the block to exert a disproportionate influence, LG knocks the whole circus out on day one. When the entire mostly disinterested, mostly previously disposed, and mostly Republican SC electorate comes out in November his numbers should be at least mid-fifties again, if not higher (as they have been in the past, even when challenged in a primary). Ravenel doesn’t break 10% (and I say that because I already have bets with a few folks at that number, but I don’t think he’ll even get that close to 10).

Paula Kinziger June 12, 2014 at 6:33 am

He’s got our vote!

Paula Kinziger June 12, 2014 at 6:38 am

Can’t believe you people vote for all the same idiots over and over again, that screw us all on a daily basis, but this guy screws up himself only and you won’t give him your vote. Unbelievable!

Dr. Conspiracy June 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

Of course the “real choice” Ravenel talks about is likely to be himself running as a third-party candidate. Stay tuned.

truthseeker June 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

I would vote for Ravenel in a heartbeat. Any of you sanctimonious commenters ever driven slightly intoxicated? Ever did pot? The fact he has his own money, and has seen the skewed way the “criminal justice” system works is enough to give him my vote.

mcleod51 June 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Ravenel, hmmmm. I feel the gloom of LG’s victory over the 5 or 6 good dwarfs lifting. A ray of hope.

prisspot June 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

No fan of Lindsey Graham, but I couldn’t possibly trust the mentality and common sense of a 50 year old man who was so easily conned & manipulated by a 21 year old hooch who schemed to get knocked-up in order to secure her financial future. Anyone that dumb in her personal life sure can’t be trusted to make decisions for the people of South Carolina.


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