Joe McCulloch’s “Say Anything” Hypocrisy

LIBERAL TRIAL LAWYER LAUNCHES ANOTHER UNFOUNDED ATTACK By FITSNEWS  ||  South Carolina’s state government is one of the most corrupt, least transparent in America … despite so-called “efforts” from the so-called “most transparent administration in state history.” Anyway, while S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and “Republican” legislative leaders have failed miserably…


By FITSNEWS  ||  South Carolina’s state government is one of the most corrupt, least transparent in America … despite so-called “efforts” from the so-called “most transparent administration in state history.”

Anyway, while S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and “Republican” legislative leaders have failed miserably to achieve meaningful ethics reform over the last four years – corruption at the S.C. State House has gotten worse.  In fact a federal-state investigation is currently underway to determine whether members of the S.C. General Assembly sold or traded their votes – in addition to other shady self-serving behavior.

Naturally, Democrats have seized on this issue in the 2014 elections – telling their candidates for the legislature to attack their opponents on the ethics issue.

In some cases, that makes sense – most notably the reelection bid of ethically challenged, truth-averse S.C. Rep. Stephen Goldfinch in S.C. House District 108 (Georgetown County).

In other cases, though, the ethics attack is simply unfounded (although that’s not stopping the Democrats from running the playbook, anyway).

Take the race for S.C. House District 75 – in which uber-liberal trial lawyer Joe McCulloch is looking to lie his way to a win over the incumbent, S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay.

Already busted once spreading mistruths, McCulloch’s latest broadside – an attack mailing sent to voters last week – against Finlay alleges he sponsored ethics legislation in an effort to protect S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, who was indicted last month on state corruption charges.

McCulloch’s ad received a swift rebuke from S.C. majority leader Bruce Bannister – who has previously called out the Democrat’s campaign for spreading falsehoods.

In a letter sent to the candidate, Bannister blasts McCulloch for “misinformation that seems to be prevalent in this campaign.”

“Each of (Finlay’s) bills was an attempt to achieve meaningful reform in our ethics code by removing ambiguity, politics and the opportunity for fraud,” Bannister wrote. ” The implication that any of these bills was drafted for the benefit or even to effect any particular case, investigation or individual is, quite frankly, false and unsupported.”

Indeed … we covered the rollout of Finlay’s bills back in January, referring to them collectively as “tightening up the laws that are most frequently abused.”

Beyond McCulloch’s misrepresentation of these bills is a bigger falsehood, though – namely the fact he’s attacking the one lawmaker who has done more to advance big ticket ethics reform in the Palmetto State than any other.

We’re referring, of course, to Finlay’s longtime support for income disclosure – as well as his leadership in pushing for an end to the General Assembly’s corrupt self-policing policy.  In fact we wrote a column two months ago discussing how ridiculous McCulloch’s line of attack was given Finlay’s advocacy on behalf of these two critical reforms – neither of which was embraced by Haley and her allies.

In fact Finlay caught grief within his own party for standing up for these bills …

“No one in Columbia has fought any harder than me to pass the two most critical ethics reforms out there: Full income disclosure and the elimination of lawmakers’ ability to police themselves,” Finlay said last week. “I’ve made a lot of enemies pushing those reforms but I’m fighting for them anyway. Until we know who’s paying who – and can hold people truly accountable for their behavior – we’ll never be able to trust the decisions coming out of the State House.”

Exactly …

To hear self-serving, hypocritical politicians like McCulloch tell it, South Carolina is corrupt because incumbents like Finlay are protecting the status quo.  That’s a narrative that’s easy to sell, too, because it’s usually true.  In McCulloch’s case, though, not only is his attack patently false – his opponent has a documented record of pushing for the Palmetto State’s most critically needed ethics reforms.

In fact had Nikki Haley and her allies in the House fought for Finlay’s reforms – and not against them – real progress could have been made on this issue in 2014.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

Joe wants that taxpayer-funded, lucrative, retirement package that legislators get so badly. I feel for anyone who is unfortunate enough to be one of his clients right now. I imagine they will get heaping helpings of neglect more than usual until this race is over, longer if Joe actually wins.

Guero October 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

You truly are a mo, as in mo-ron. Kirkman has taken in over $1 MILLION dollars in crop welfare and you’re projecting Joe wants to stick around in the legislature for eight years ( when he’s 71) to get vested to recoup $12k a year until he dies?

Kirkman on the other hand could draw another couple of hundred thousand from the taxpayers and you’ll eat shit all day over that. Damn, you’re stupid and hypocritical.

CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I believe the legislators have ways of jacking that figure ($12K) up considerably. What about lifetime medical insurance and like bennies? Do retired or ex-legislators get that, too?

Kirkman is taking advantage of a program available to a lot of farmers who are not office holders. If you disagree with that program, lobby to have it rescinded.

Joe the DUI Schmo October 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I feel for anyone who lives in Columbia, unfortunate enough to be driving in proximity of one of his drunk clients.

Guero October 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I feel bad for your parents having birthed a moron.

Tote for Joe October 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

You must either be on Joe’s payroll or his down low, you always swoop in and defend him. Keep toting that water.

Guero October 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Your parents, too!

Tote for Joe October 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Stick to your day job, slobbing off hot sweaty lawyer meat under the bar at the Palmetto Club.

Guero October 22, 2014 at 6:40 am

How’s that waiting list coming along at the Forest Lake CC, Beauregard? Taken your Whites-Only Cotillion Class yet?

Tote for Joe October 22, 2014 at 8:05 am

You think you know who this is, but you have no idea.

Journalistic Integrity October 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

Which Fits do we believe “” This is your brain under the influence of Kirkman’s trust fund:

jurisdoc October 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

Fits knows no journalistic integrity. He’s simply cashing the checks from Kirkman’s trust fund. If anyone believes anything this douchebag prints, including his articles on other people’s domestic issues (can you say “I pled guilty”), you truly are brain dead.

Whore. Pure and simple. And by the way, do Republicans hate welfare when it’s going to the rich folks? And Fits, where’s the article saying how gubmint should stay out of farm subsidies, especially those Kirkman rakes in?

Kirkman is scared.

HAHAHAHAA October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

You’re fucked up.

Guero October 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Billy Folks and HAPPY HAHA MEAL here obviously drink the kool-aid and can’t handle the truth.

Kirkman’s a welfare queen besides being Bobby Harrell’s butt-boy.

Dan on Divine October 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

Jean Toal is trying to run McCullough’s campaign. To Joe’s credit, he is trying to resist Toal’s interference. But when the Big Boys in the Richland County Democratic Party elite tell Joe, listen to Jean or move on, he has to do it occasionally. The BS mail out which is the subject of this story would have helped no one but Toal. It is not that difficult to connect the dots on this one.

whore October 20, 2014 at 10:46 am

FITS’ Monday To-Do List:

1. Write weekly article attacking Joe McCulloch for saying something I’ve said numerous times. (

2. Collect check from Kirkman Finlay

3. Rinse, Repeat.

snickering October 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

If you think Joe McCullough is bad, please let me introduce his wife, Judge Amy McCullough, Probate Court, Richland County. I’ve had that (dis) pleasure on more than 1 occasion. Makes my skin crawl.

shifty henry October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

A well-known attorney has whispered in my ears that he thinks she is “pretty damn sexy!” — more than once, and in a manner that he wanted me to believe that they were having some “hanky-panky” going on. If so, then I wouldn’t know if that makes him a winner or a loser…

shifty henry October 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

PS: That was more than several years ago…

snickering January 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

She changes the color of her hair often. You know what they say about women who change their hair color often.

shifty henry October 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Is that his daughter in the blue shirt?

Rocky October 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

snickering January 22, 2015 at 8:49 am

No Shifty Henry, that is one of the many young women he likes to hang around him.

Really Oh Wow October 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Fuck them all. Its just a bunch of talk and more talk and feel good legislation. They are all criminals in suits, deserving of prison.

9" October 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I’d like to have Joe and Kirkman in a silverdaddy 3-way

Poop October 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Does anyone know when the next McCulloch mailer is set to drop? Stepped in some dogshit and I need something to scrape it off.

Guero October 21, 2014 at 10:51 am

That alone makes him more valuable in the Legislature than Kirkman the Welfare Queen/Bobby Harrell ButtBoy

Joe the DUI Schmo October 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Love how Joe claims to be cleaning up 5 Points and making it safer out of one side of his mouth, while he defends felony DUI cases out of the other side. Effectively getting these dangerous individuals off so they can go back to 5 points to endanger and offend again and again. Way to go Joe!

Guero October 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Just like a republican to attack peoples right to an attorney. What does “effectively getting these dangerous individuals off” mean? How about name one, nimrod?

Joe the DUI Schmo October 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Right to representation is not the issue. The story speaks to Joe being a hypocrite, so I expounded on that notion by pointing out he’s tooting his horn about making parts of Columbia a safer place, while defending felony DUI recipients. Hypocrisy.

Guero October 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

You said they come back to Five Points. I repeat, NAME ONE.

And let’s do a logic check: insuring a defendant is afforded their constitutional rights ( the rule of law)means you cannot ask a federal prosecutor to apply the law to an offender ( the rule of law)? And that somehow in your bizarre logic is not appropriate?

Joe the DUI Schmo October 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Keep chasing your tail.

Guero October 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

Name one, Kirkman

Joe the DUI Schmo October 22, 2014 at 8:06 am

Keep chasing.

Joe October 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Why is it that attorneys, cops, and judges believe it is ok to lie, mislead and misdirect people in order to achieve an end result that they feel is in the best interest of the public?

Lillian McBride October 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Joe: It’s your turn. Jean and Darryl told me so. That trade-trade thing didn’t work out for you last time and Jean sold you out, but she’s with you this time. I know they are good on their promises because, see? I still have my job.


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