Thomas Ravenel, Tom Ervin Trade Barbs

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES IN TIFF OVER CAMPAIGN VENDORS …  South Carolina’s two top-tier independent candidates for statewide office are trading fire over the petition effort that landed them both on the November ballot.  Thomas Ravenel – an independent challenging liberal incumbent Lindsey Graham for the U.S. Senate – took to social…


South Carolina’s two top-tier independent candidates for statewide office are trading fire over the petition effort that landed them both on the November ballot.  Thomas Ravenel – an independent challenging liberal incumbent Lindsey Graham for the U.S. Senate – took to social media late Saturday to lambaste Tom Ervin, the self-styled “independent Republican” who is challenging incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley.

The issue at the heart of the dispute? Vendors for their respective campaigns – and specifically the petition gatherers who earned them both spots on the November 4 ballot.

In fact Ravenel’s petition drive may have faced a much tougher climb due to alleged interference from Ervin’s consultants.

“Just found out Tom Ervin lives in a glass house as he won’t do business with any vendor associated with my campaign,” Ravenel tweeted Saturday night.

Another tweet from Ravenel mocked Ervin for waiting a day to support his position on the gay marriage flap.

“Hey (Tom Ervin) – a real leader comes out on an issue first,” Ravenel tweeted. “They don’t wait a day for someone else to take the flak.”


According to Ravenel, Ervin’s consultants – whom he contends are closely linked to the Graham campaign – have been trying to sink his candidacy by denying him access to certain vendors.

“Two vendors that I will not name were told that they could not do business with Ervin if they were also doing business with me,” Ravenel told FITS.  “It’s all coming from Lindsey Graham’s camp – from the old John McCain team.”

Ravenel has been a vocal opponent of the military-industrial complex to which McCain and Graham are hopelessly beholden.

Ravenel declined to elaborate on which vendors he was referring to – or what services those vendors provided – but sources familiar with the drama tell FITS the dust-up stems from the petition drives that put both candidates on the ballot.

Specifically, we’re told Ravenel was provided with an email in which Ervin’s lead consultant – former John McCain advisor Jon Weaver – instructed a petition gatherer not  to collect signatures for Ravenel.

“They were trying to keep his signature count down,” the source said. “Trying to keep him off of the ballot.”

A spokesman for Ervin’s campaign did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

FITS likes both Ravenel and Ervin – and have written favorably about both of their candidacies up to this point.  We’ve also praised both candidates for their shared view that South Carolina tax dollars should not be spent on lawsuits defending the Palmetto State’s gay marriage ban.

Both are absolutely correct on that count – and their opponents are dead wrong.

We hope Ravenel and Ervin work out their differences and train their fire on their opponents moving forward …


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Bible Thumper August 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm

A spokesman for Ervin’s campaign did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
Anyone notice a contradiction?
Graham has successfully ignored T-Rav and now Ervin has also. T-Rav needs another arrest or pregnancy.

The Colonel August 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

What he needs to do is get pregnant, that might get him some sympathy vote.

Matt August 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Why can’t TRAV just go away, he is an embarrassment to South Carolina.

Sandi Morals August 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm

What have we learned about ‘traitor’ Tommy Ervin in the past 72 hours? :
2. He apparently is spending that $425,000 he loaned his campaign not only to elect democrat Sheheen as governor but to also destroy T-Rav’s campaign.
WTF? The ugly old lady apparently wants that 2% bad!!!!! :-))))))))

SCBlueWoman August 3, 2014 at 1:01 am

What in hell is wrong with that?

Duke August 3, 2014 at 7:11 am

and Sandi earns another $1 from the Haley campaign…

Paid By Tom Ervin ???? August 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Ervin’s da man!

CorruptionInColumbia August 3, 2014 at 3:58 am

In the beginning, that was my thought, too. In retrospect, T-Rav isn’t even close to being the embarrassment to SC that Lindsey Graham is.

Toyota Kawski August 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

just another reason literacy test should be reinstated so embarrASSments like yourself must first qualify to vote. Similar to what SLED is doing denying certain mentally challenged folks the right to own a gun. That way u still get to be an embarrassment just not vote.

CorruptionInColumbia August 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

Keep on voting for these well-dressed sellouts who literally want to sell this country down the river to the highest bidder.

Smirks August 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

T-Rav is like herpes, he’ll disappear in November until the next time he decides to flare up.

K.Mann August 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

It’s a free country. Besides, embarrassment is in the eye of the beholder. (Some people think Congress in general — including the incumbent Ravenel is running against — is an embarrassment.) And even though there are Georgians who say Nunn is an embarrassment to Georgia, North Carolinians who say Hagan is an embarrassment to North Carolina, etc. ad infinitem… at the end of the day no one outside of their states, and very few within their respective states, really give a flip.

Sandi Morals August 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

“In fact Ravenel’s petition drive may have faced a much tougher climb due to alleged interference from Ervin’s consultants.”
LMAO!! My goodness T-Rav. You ain’t figured out that “traitor” Tommy is one lying SOB?

Duke August 3, 2014 at 7:13 am

How many $$$ do you get per post from the Haley campaign?

Sandi Morals August 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Ervin has “consultants” for 2% of the vote????
Oh MY!!!!…..and the LEAD consultant is a McCain FLUNKIE!!!
Who is writing this stuff???? Will, I love it. You got the best writers in America!!!!

Duke August 3, 2014 at 7:13 am

That fact that you post incessantly about Ervin shows me me just how worried the Haley camping is

Sandi Morals August 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

The fact that you and your ilk post non-stop about Haley shows me you know she is a lock to win.
This article was not even about Haley and you brought her name up.
Haley,Haley,Haley.You people are obsessed.

Smirks August 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Attack others on your own weaknesses, someone was paying attention in Propaganda 101!

Dr. D August 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I’ve come to the conclusion Sandi was turned down, or jilted by Ervin.
She, if she is in fact a she, is obsessed with Ervin and his wife, always mentions, “Ervins ugly wife”. For one Sandi, I know her and she isn’t ugly. Secondly, she is extremely sharp, smart and successful! You are obviously none of these things. The greatest of which, you are NOT married to Ervin. I think your jealously shine bright, in every post. You are However, PATHETIC, as a sickness goes!

Mike at the Beach August 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

“South Carolina’s two top-tier independent candidates for statewide office…”

Holy shit! That’s a tallest-midget-in-the-circus statement if there ever was one!

Mike FUCKIN Smirks 2nite August 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Harder Mike, HARDER!!!!

Mike at the Beach August 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Whoa Nelly! I’m not sure I get the reference, but I’m right at 100% certain I don’t want any sex from Smirks! Now, he seems nice enough and all, but the gay thing just doesn’t do it for me. If it has something to do with picking on poor lil’ TR, sorry. I was picking on TR before picking on TR was cool… ;-)

Matt August 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

If you advertise on this website (like TRAV and Loftis), it appears you automatically get articles kissing your ass from Fits.

Sandi Morals August 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

Gee wiz.I know a socialist like you would not understand this however let me try and explain.
Will owns FITS.He can do whatever the fuck he wants and he is actually quite good at generating debate.
If you don’t like it try advertising and see if your theory is correct.
Until then STFU and quit whining!! :-)

Smirks August 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Paid internet shill defends shilling. Also, scientific study concludes water is indeed wet. More at 11.

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

TBG (in a desperate attempt to regain his old school street cred) will let Petey Pablo ‘splain it to ya!

“Now I got to give a shout out to Seagram’s gin
Cause I drink it, and they payin for it.”

euwe max August 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Come over any time a nigga call, shit 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, (ding dong) and she right there. (right there)
And she know why she came here (she know why she came here) and she know where her clothes suppose to be(off and over there)
Sniff a lil coke,(coke) take a lil x,(x) smoke a lil weed,(weed) drink a lil bit
I need a girl I can freak wit,(freak wit)
and wanna try shit (try shit) and ain’t scared of a big dick (of a big dick)
And love to get her pussy licked,
by another bitch, cuz I ain’t drunk enough ta do dat.

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Damn, Euwe…not only do you school TBG on Old and New Testament nuances…you also post unedited Petey Pablo lyrics.

You da Man!

euwe max August 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm

North Carolina!

euwe max August 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I can also shoot a single antenna segment off an airborne fly at 300 yards with an M16 in high winds… with iron sights!

Sandi Morals August 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

Ole ‘traitor’ Tommy apparently don’t play well with others.
Left the democrat party when he couldn’t win an election (not talking bout campaign donations).
Left the Republican Party when he couldn’t win an election.
Apparently trying to destroy T-Rav’s campaign for senate.
By the time ‘traitor’ Tommy is done pissing everybody off the only ticket available to him will be the Green Party.

No Thanks, Oaf August 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Throw in $500 bucks and I still won’t vote for Haley…

Matt Dillon August 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Me either!

Ralph Hightower August 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Seriously? T-Rav and Ervin are the top tier candidates?
Will Folks (FitsNews) has to be smoking crack cocaine that was supplied by T-Rav. T-Rav is going to do a “Richard Pryor”. But, there’s no way In H-E-double-L that I will vote for Governot Nikki Haley.

Mike at the Beach August 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Zackly- those terms (“top-tier” and “independent”) are almost always mutually exclusive in a US political race. In SC, it’s 100%…

idcydm August 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

Support for the convicted felon continues.

SCBlues August 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

“Thomas Ravenel, Tom Ervin Trade Barbs

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

GrandTango and Miss Lindsey “trading barbs” would have a whole ‘nother meaning…

euwe max August 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Beetle Juice.

Manray August 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

Sic! C’mon…” top-tier!” I realize you are subject to occasional lapses into delusion, but “top-tier!”

Dr. Phil August 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Polls show Graham with > 50% of the vote and neither Ravenel nor Ervin have a chance. Hopefully both — especially Ravenel — will burn up their money like rocket fuel — and they’ll re-enter earth’s atmosphere like space shuttle Challenger. Ravenel, a movie-star wannabe, should stick to cocaine, sex with local young girls, and reality TV.

Benjamin Ghazi aka "Ben" August 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm


Jees August 4, 2014 at 3:10 am

I see when Thomas throws a barb like a petulant child – about some non-substantiated insider baseball – what was Tom’s barb again, I missed his tweet? Oh, this is an atempt to make a foolish comment about another hopeless candidate into a plus for T-Rav based on a pointless barb he threw at T-Erv – capiche.

Norma Scok August 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

I wonder who T-RAV will be voting for in the next election?

RogueElephant August 4, 2014 at 10:28 am

No comparison between these two. Ervin is a giant POS that couldn’t make it in the primary. T RAV is trying to get his life back on track after some bad decisions and deserves a second chance. Ervin is running against a fairly good governor and deserves to lose. T RAV is running against a POS RINO that has proven himself to be more Dim than Republican but hides behind the (R) so he can win an election.

Sandi Morals August 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Excellent post.

HD August 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

Two vanity candidates (for different offices, no less) jello wrestling. * Yawn*

Everybody is an idiot August 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

Great strategy T-Rav! Start attacking an independent candidate for a different office…

Philip Branton August 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

Dear US Senator LIndsey Graham and Tim Scott and James Clyburn……….

DO you know how Thomas Ravenel is going to defeat you ALL in November at the ballot box…?

Watch this video…..

Hmmmm…..reminds me of a story about John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford sitting around a campfire playing a guitar and singing OIL songs to marketing executives and Government officials on how to corral a population and enslave them to FOSSIL OIL…!!

Too bad our boys in the Pentagon do not listen to those who understand how to “call” a terrorist with a “horn”..!!

Boomerang 101, 404, 901, 909………..Thomas Ravenel defeats Lindsey Graham in the US Senate race by doing this in a campaign video…!!

Too bad Wil Folks does not have a “trombone”……


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