Tom Ervin Launches New Television Spot

GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE RELEASES GENERAL ELECTION AD … Self-styled “independent Republican” gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin has launched the first television ad of his 2014 general election campaign. The introductory spot – entitled “That’s Tom” – is narrated by the candidate’s wife, Upstate personal injury attorney Kathryn Williams.  It tells the story…


Self-styled “independent Republican” gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin has launched the first television ad of his 2014 general election campaign.

The introductory spot – entitled “That’s Tom” – is narrated by the candidate’s wife, Upstate personal injury attorney Kathryn Williams.  It tells the story of the widow of a World War II veteran who died after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent him home, saying he was “getting better.”

According to the ad, the widow came to Ervin penniless – seeking financial assistance from the VA to pay for her husband’s funeral.

“The VA said ‘no,'” Williams says in the spot. “So, Tom insisted we pay for the funeral. Tom asked our minister to conduct the service and he contacted a veteran’s group. Saturday morning came. The wife was alone, for they had long outlived their friends. But, Tom and I went, as did a dozen veterans.”

Man … everybody got their handkerchiefs handy?

To view the spot, click here … 

Or watch it below …

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“Tom has a heart for veterans,” Williams says of her husband. “This story is about Tom’s character.”

Ervin’s campaign did not disclose details of the advertising buy associated with the ad.  However the campaign did announce that Ervin would soon be releasing ads outlining his positions on the economy, education and “meaningful ethics reform.”

Ervin is running as a petition candidate against incumbent “Republican” Gov. Nikki Haley, Democrat Vincent Sheheen and Libertarian Steve French.

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poster August 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

Ok, great story but that was the oddest, strangest, skin crawling way to tell the story. I mean why is wife telling the story? have a vet tell it with pictures of the guy. what is with the fake widow

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

Why is the lady (is that Kathryn?) apparently laughing and smiling behind the ‘widow’ in the ad.
What is next? An ad of ‘traitor’ Tommy performing same-sex marriages in the same church with the old lady singing “Endless Love”?

Smirks August 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

Ah yes, Tommy is a traitor who paid for a veteran’s funeral… wait, what?

Oh, right. Cha-ching! Gotta pay them bills somehow, right Sandi?

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

You don’t work.Somebody has to support your ‘deadbeat’ ass. :-)
Everybody in SC knows he can’t win and is trying to elect Democrat Sheheen. Can’t trust Democrats-just ask Israel.

Navyseal45 August 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

You are a communist Haley supporting asshole…fuck you!!!

in Honor of Chesty Puller August 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

You are a sickening, pathetic individual Mam!
Your blind allegiance to Haley, is a pathetic show of stupidity.
appearing on Military Wives and her sickening play of her husband’s
deployment, her hiring/use of military officers to further Michael
Haley’s military career and his promotions, are the only transparency in
your incompetent administration.
Your Karma, will be the loss of your political position, which you are NOT duly qualified to hold!!!
would say “carry on”; but, you would serve better to resign your post,
or go “AWOL” and carry your sick Sandi employee with you!
Semper Fidelis

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

I don’t work for Haley. Never met her or ANYBODY associated with her campaign.
God has ‘ordained’ me a protector of American freedoms and liberty and my mission is to defeat Democrats nationwide. In my opinion Ervin is a Democrat and is trying to elect another Democrat. As a private citizen I am working via blogs, my pen and phone (like Obama :-) ) and thur volunteer work to elect conservatives that will restore our economy and the moral and cultural traditions that the Democrat Party and Obama regime have stripped us of.
I am a little disturbed by the threats and profane taunts coming from Tom’s supporters I was always taught that you can ‘judge’ a man’s character by the friends he has or the company he keeps.Tom should be ashamed of many of these comments.
This appears to be a nice gesture by Tom although I believe it to be shameless that an ad was made for political gain of this widow’s grief. Just my opinion. What a shame many on here have ‘tainted’ such a good deed with your words today.

Vote Haley out August 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm

In other words you are fucking batshit crazy.

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

“batshit crazy” is loaning your campaign $425,000 for 2% of the vote.

Haley is a narssasist August 7, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Or say loaning money to a out of state buisness man to the tune of $1 million under questionable means…that Haley for you right?

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

” A shameless ad for political gain ” Who are you referring to ?

shifty henry August 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Are you “SubZeroIQ” — back to haunt us?

RetiredMarine August 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

Sandi or whatever the fuck you call yourself….you are a fucking stupid bitch

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Haley would eat the peanuts out of Tommy’s and Vinnie’s shit to win the election.

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

To be fair, it was a nice thing to do. Just a shame Tom and his wife are using what should have been a ‘private’ matter for political gain.

Good deeds are ‘quietly’ performed by millions of Americans everyday and they seek no fame or fortune.

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” Apparently that is not good enough for Tom Ervin.

GunnieSgt August 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

You are blinded by your your support of news for you Haley had national intentions and would step over your carcass to get there moron.

ted August 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Knowing Tom, he just hope that others know and will follow suit. He’s just a good person, unlike the governot.

A Long Time Friend August 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I’ve known Tom for 40 years and he is a great, honest and sincere person, who made his money on his own, unlike Haley. haley has lived off the taxpayer and cheated, (lobbyist, Lex. Medical, Wilbur Smith) lied her way along always.

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

You may want to let Nikki in on your little secret.

Carrie August 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Relax Sandi. A “Kathryn Williams” apparently gave Vincent Sheheen a $10,000 campaign donation in 2010.
Maybe the next ad run with be a ‘spot’ for Sheheen?

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Relax Sandi, the K brothers won’t let you down in 2014.

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

You are correct Tillis is up 5 today in NC according to RCP.Looks like Republicans will pick-up 7 or 8 senate seats in November.

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm

That’s good news for you. Bad for the average working American.

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Disagree however you do appear reasonable and somewhat ‘stable’ today despite your occasional lapses into insanity. What’s up?

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Damn, a mention from you. Need I say a word.
Good luck on your campaign.

Paul August 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

Tom gets it he will be the next Governor of South Carolina in 2015. SUCK IT HALEY YOU LYING WITCH!

Nah August 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Wish I could agree with you, I really do…but I’m not letting wishful thinking interfere with reality. It’s either Haley or Sheheen….as the mob hitman said in Goodfella’s, “that’s that.”

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The Colonel August 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Keep dreaming.

mark August 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

Wonder who paid for the funerals for the 69 children who died under Haley’s watch?

jimlewisowb August 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

Dear Poster and Sandi Morals

Say what you will, however my wife who has zero interest in politics just saw the video this AM and is insisting that I not only vote with her for Ervin but to send him a few bucks.

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

Just send the money to Sheheen. That is who Tom is trying to elect.
And don’t send too much money. You said wings and brews were on you! :-).

Linda August 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Were you born a piece of Shit or did you slowly evolve into it?

Fed Up August 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

paid by the Haley campaign to be an obnoxious twit!

Staffer August 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

You can tell by the way Kathryn speaks how many facelifts she has had. She can barely move her lips. She sounds like a shotty ventriloquist.

Nölff August 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

From a designer/code-monkey’s point of view, the director did a good job. I like the typography.

Tunes'n'News August 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm

They’ve just whored out what might have been an incredibly honorable and generous act. Unless that was the plan all along. Disgusting.

gregorybgeddings August 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm

WTF? Hasn’t anybody noticed that Tom brought along a film crew to videotape his participation in this very private event?

My dad was a WWII vet who died in the mid 90’s. If some politician showed up at his funeral with a film crew to make a campaign commercial I would have jumped up and kicked the living shit out of the politician and his entire entourage.

I would like to see all of the outtakes. How many times did the director stop the action because something wasn’t just quite right and he needed one more take?

Next thing you know Tom will be putting together an ad of himself sitting in a dumpster behind an abortion clinic…holding a baseball glove and catching aborted fetuses…que the canned melancholy music…

Tom De Seaver August 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

FITS should investigate the story Ervin and Williams are ‘spinning’ about the ad. It is only appropriate since Williams says the story is about ‘Tom’s character’. Just a thought.

nitrat August 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

What a cringe worthy ad.

pay attention August 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

horrible commercial. let me tell you why.
continuity. the old guy is walking in with the folded flag in his hands. then we see a shot of the coffin, with the flag still draped over it. then he hands her the flag – oops, wait, where did that flag come from? is it ANOTHER flag? pitiful. and this is what passes for political consulting in SC. pitiful

Check Mate August 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm

The IRS is coming down hard on churches that involve themselves in politics.
Since the pastor/preacher has a starring role in this political ad for A particular candidate, has Ervin put the ‘tax exempt’ status of this church at risk?
Were the pastor/preacher and the church aware they were endorsing a political candidate?

Bible Thumper August 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

This is no problem. This is a reenactment(possibly an actor). Wouldn’t matter if it wasn’t. Pastors/Preachers have the same rights to endorse a candidate as anyone else. They can even run for office and many hold office.

They can allow candidates and elected officials to speak at church services.

Sandi Morals August 7, 2014 at 11:52 pm

I respectfully disagree. :-)

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Any type of a ad from Nikki Haley that has anything to do with proud vets in the US military who served the US is a ” political statement ” for and from her ” so called soilder husband ” is a perverse lie, period.

Deo Vindice SC August 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Nikki’s husband planted flowers !!!

short August 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

probably poppies

Tired and Retired August 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm

The ad struck me as being a little creepy.

The Colonel August 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

A little, hell I was creeped out.

The Colonel August 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

MATTHEW 6:2 “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, …

Elfego August 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

Tom is like Tarzan he beats on his chest and the monkeys follow!


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