Just Another Palmetto Political Story …

HOW “FIRST IN THE SOUTH” REPUBLICANS ROLL! || By FITSNEWS || As the 2016 presidential circus begins its descent on the banana republic of South Carolina, the “Republican” political establishment in the Palmetto State is gearing up for yet another session of taxpayer-funded adult day care (a.k.a. the convening of…


|| By FITSNEWS || As the 2016 presidential circus begins its descent on the banana republic of South Carolina, the “Republican” political establishment in the Palmetto State is gearing up for yet another session of taxpayer-funded adult day care (a.k.a. the convening of the 121st S.C. General Assembly).

Among the issues state lawmakers are planning to address?  Domestic violence … which we suppose makes sense when you consider men kill women at a faster clip here than they do in any other state (save Alaska).

But is the SCGOP’s war on those warring on women really all it’s cracked up to be?

No.  In fact it’s spawned multiple allegations of hypocrisy (HERE and HERE).

The most interesting angle involves Brad Eckstrom – the son of S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom.

The younger Eckstrom, 38, is accused of punching, kicking and grabbing his 29-year-old former fiancee Blair Pettrey by the hair – and then dragging her across his mother’s home during the October 10 incident.

That’s right … Eckstrom was living with his mother at the time.

Pettrey – who suffered multiple bruises – was nine weeks pregnant with the couple’s child at the time of the alleged assault.

(Oh, before you start thinking to yourself “this should really be a reality TV show,” stop … we’ve already got one of those).

Will Eckstrom be convicted of CDV?  Of course not.  In fact as soon as his daddy bailed him out of jail, the state’s favor factory sprung into action.  And we predicted, Eckstrom is receiving pretrial intervention in the case – meaning the domestic violence charge against him will be dropped (and expunged from his record).

Must be nice … right?

In an odd wrinkle to the story, Richard Eckstrom’s on-again, off-again fiancée – Kelly Payne – has launched an online fundraising effort in support of Pettrey.

“After being a single mother for 15 years I was to be remarried in December,” Payne wrote in her online solicitation.  “I was in a highly toxic relationship with a man 22 years older than me.  He called off our marriage this time and the last time, a few weeks before our wedding.”

Yes.  Like we said …

“I know of a young lady who is expecting in June,” Payne continued.  “Her former fiancé is not stepping up to the plate and I don’t expect he will after their baby is born.  She is strongly considering giving up their child for adoption.  I want to help her financially.”

To that noble end, Payne is auctioning off the size six lace and satin dress she was planning to wear (as Eckstrom’s wife) to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s 2015 inaugural ball.

Take a look …

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(Pic: Via)

Yeah …

So to recap:  The woman who was going to marry South Carolina’s comptroller general is selling the dress she planned to wear to the GOP’s inaugural ball in an effort to raise money for the woman his son allegedly battered.


Incidentally, Payne is a former “Republican” candidate for S.C. superintendent of education – receiving more than 65,000 votes when she ran in the 2010 GOP primary.


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Scrappy January 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Bat Shit Crazy! All of them!

calculating kelly January 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

They have no shame. She must maintain centrality while spinning tales to enhance image management. She needs a good therapist.

Dr. D January 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm

I think all of the aforementioned are rowing the same boat.

REPUBLICAN VOTER January 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Thank You Republican Party!!!!
Richard Eckstrom/Kelly Payne
Mark Sanford/Maria Chauper
Bob Peeler/Donna Gulledge
Danny Frazier/Cynthia
Thad Viers/ Candace Bessinger
Thomas Ravenel/Katherine Dennis
Nikki Haley/Will Folks and Larry Marchant
You have made us proud…NOT!!!!!!!!
No Morals, No Ethics, No Shame, No Pride, Loads of Narcissism!!!

tIf January 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Let’s see:
Eckstrom and Payne were quoted as saying they were “soul mates”.
Sanford and Chaupeur were quoted as being “soul mates”.
Peeler and Gulledge advertised they were “Soul mates”.
Ravenel and Dennis claimed “soul mate” status.
As best as I have seen, a better definition would be ,self aggrandizing, adulterers, paramours,and Gold Diggers!!!!

wimps all January 5, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Soulmate syndrome = CYA state of mind to disguise cowardice, self-absorption, and falling out of commitment to your significant other, marriage, and family.

My childrens Mom January 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

Don’t you know the families and children of these feckless reprobates are so proud of them!

Stan January 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

my r.omate’s step-mother makes $61 hourly on the internet . She has been out of a job for ten months but last month her pay was $15567 just working on the internet for a few hours. take a look at the site here;.­Vie­w m­­or­e­.

euwe max January 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Goh MERT! !

Dandy Randy January 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Are these women blind?
My question is what could they possibly see in these guys, Sanford, Eckstrom, Frazier, Peeler? It damn sure isn’t looks….geesh, butt wrinkled ruddy, pig shit uggly!!!!

Scooter January 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

no, just whores.

Anne January 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

That statement is an insult to whores!!

Robin January 6, 2015 at 2:34 am

Isn’t it funny, the only one of these pathetic adulterers to mary after their very pathetic and sickening affairs, is the leader of the Lexington crime ring Frazier and Cynthia!
The rest just continue their affairs, with their paramour in sin.
“Soul Mates”….right!

Maria January 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

Actually Bob Peeler & Donna Gulledge got married right before Christmas.

Gregg January 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Then it should read Donna Peeler.
He will live to regret this, if true.
She isn’t nutty like Kelly. She is pure evil, mean and venomous as a cobra Her children hate him and his hate her.

LMAO!!!!!!! January 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Well sympathy cards are in order for both!
A marriage made in sin and Hell!

Beth January 6, 2015 at 11:02 pm

My condolences. I know them.

bogart January 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Kelly is not just bat shit crazy, she’s also a political groupie and having her picture featured with this article is making her pee her pants.

Scooter January 5, 2015 at 10:39 pm

That is putting it nicely. The whole damn crowd is a bunch of cheating rednecks.

Trixie January 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Thank god she didn’t win.

John Boy January 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Always a great day in SC if you’re connected to the corrupt. Anybody else (especially in another state) would be sitting in jail.

nitrat January 5, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Whoever runs next time against the solicitor who approved this PTI has a great campaign issue – no more special consideration for crimes committed by the rich and political connected; if you’re not a part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

nitrat January 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

You would think that given all the on-line evidence, the people at the school district that employs this loon would have enough material to require employee job retention services for her that would require a psychological evaluation to determine if she’s fit to work around children.
This poor would have gotten rid of someone exhibiting her behaviors a long time ago, and she has obviously ONLY been saved by playing the political connection card.

Same ol' Same ol' January 5, 2015 at 4:08 pm

She work in Jasper county?
Cleans up pretty good though.

Buz Martin January 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm

But you see, she is in a toxic relationship with somebody “important.” That makes all the difference in the world.

Shit don’t make sense, but that’s reality.

Edward January 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm

She’s a big supporter of the lib, corrupt school board. They love her!

jimlewisowb January 5, 2015 at 3:47 pm

“….That’s right … Eckstrom was living with his mother at the time…”

Damn, we now know who Grand Tango is ————

Rocky January 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

I am here to tell you – my mother would kick my ass for acting like that. But then – we don’t believe we’re entitled.

snickering January 7, 2015 at 10:49 am

So Funny Jimlewisowb. Always sum up everything so SC readers can absorb before a butterfly or something shiny comes by.

Rocky January 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm

This is why it’s so sickening. And why the voters of SC show themselves to be complete idiots. The SCGOP is driven by self absorbed, entitlement queens and kings. How dare anyone question how they live. Want to spend $30K on ties to hand out to your other buddies – no problem. Want to raise $1 milllion to your PAC, then suck off it to live the good life – sure thing. And why? Because they’re entitled to it. Because they are so smart, and everyone else is so stupid. They are the governing elite, obviously they are entitled to everything. Their kids run over a black kid? Too bad – we’re the governing elite, we can’t be touched. Their kid knock up your daughter and your daughter refuses to sneak up to NC for an abortion? OK to kick her around, maybe slap her and push her down the stairs to force a miscarriage. Because we’re the governing class? We own the plantations and ya’ all are lucky we’re willing to let you stay here and eat the scraps and pay the income taxes. Want a job – mow my lawn – I’ll pay you with campaign contributions. Hey, we’re the ruling class – the Vatican cardinals – we’re immune from prosecution. While you all work and spend your vacations at home with a slip and slide, we spend weeks on Isle of Palms for free, hob nobbing with the attorneys from downtown Charleston and having brunch at Jenny Sanford’s house. You go to Wal-Mart for jeans, we go to King Street for $4,000 shopping sprees. Screw you all – we’re the Ruling Elite – and God is on our side – now fork over some more dough.

dean January 5, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Remember years ago when FITS used to defend Eckstrom on this site? It was some time after Eckstrom paid off his sexual harassee, but long before he got divorced. Thinking back on FITS’ record of political picks, there’s Sanford (for a while), Haley (for a little while), and Ravenel (ahem). What great taste in political leaders! Who should we look to next, FITS?

Buz Martin January 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm


The SITE is FITS, short for FITSNews. Will Folks nickname is Sic, short for Sic Willie. It isn’t FITS.

Most of us know this. One who doesn’t: GrandTango/BigT/”EmilyPeterkin” — Mr. T. Lawrence, in other words.

I believe you know that whack-job, and see him a lot. In the mirror.

a cane,mommy's money,kfc January 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm

My guess is he can ‘fits’ in a mirror unlike your 300 lb fat ass.

Buz Martin January 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

I’ve chucked the cane, pogo, grinning and bearing the pain. I don’t use my mother’s money, I am paying most of the bills myself, and I now weigh 260 lbs — down 80 lbs from my all-time heaviest, 20 years ago. You are SO behind on everything! That’s what you get for relying on lies and gross exaggerations from a bunch of malevolent drunken assholes on a now-defunct blog 3 years ago. And let us not forget, YOU called them a bunch of fucking drunks long before I did.

p.s. They all still hate your guts.

Buz Martin January 5, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Revising what I have surmised. You see him in the mirror as you do him from behind and do the reach-around. You both like to watch.

The horror … The HORROR!

dean January 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

Sorry, I wasn’t aware there was a strict protocol about how to refer to FITS vs. Sic. I tend to think of Will and this blog as being fairly interchangeable. Is there a reference manual I could use, so that all my comments might pass your refined inspection? AP Stylebook, Chicago Manual of Style? This doesn’t seem like that kind of site, but, hey, I can see I need to up my game.
Regarding who I am, I hate to disappoint, but I rarely comment here, and when I do, I don’t go by GrandTango/BigT/”EmilyPeterkin”/Mr. T. Lawrence. Is it so impossible to believe that more than one person might have an issue with FITS’s record of endorsements?

dean January 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

By the way, speaking of ways to refer to Will, is it true that Sanford got him to change his name from Bill Folks to Will Folks so that his name sounded less like taxation?

Mr. Friendly January 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

I’ll give Ms. Payne $10 for a blow job and titty fuck to help the cause.

Shoot me a replay baby when you’re ready for the “big” time.

Buz Martin January 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm


I KNOW I’m crazy. These people apparently have nothing approaching that kind of self-awareness.

She doesn’t even see that the age difference is really an irrelevant factor. Or that she contributes to the toxicity every bit as much as he does.

Todd January 5, 2015 at 4:49 pm

That’s the chick with herpes right?

Mr. Friendly January 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Yep. Is that hot or what? That’s why you have to titty fuck her.

jimlewisowb January 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Pardon my French but how does one auction off a dress on GoFundMe which appears to be a donate only site

On the other hand if DP, my bad, if KP is willing to kick in her personal inventory of dildos and butt plugs put me down for a bid of $9.69

On a serious note if DP, damn did it again, if KP wants to raise some big money she should dress up in her Little Dicky Loves It School Girl Outfit, borrow a kettle/ bell from the Salvation Army and set up shop in front of Ballentine Wal-Mart

SCBlueWoman January 5, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Anyone can use gofundme.

lunatics January 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Don’t fall for it Blaire! Payne is doing something to plot against you. These people have never done anything to benefit anybody other than themselves. You are officially warned.

southmauldin January 5, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Aw, C’mon – just sit back and enjoy this monkey shitfight through to its bitter end. This is much better than Facebook drama. I mean, she’s selling a tacky ass dress to raise money for another dumb floozy that thought she hit the jackpot by getting knocked up by a loser from a powerful (for SC) family.

Blair Pettrey January 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

For the record; I make far more than Brad, I moved to Maryland to get the hell away from the Eckstrom’s, and if you failed to miss the part where it mentions “dad isn’t stepping up”… Cause at 38 who has time for fatherly responsibilities? Not Brad.

shifty henry January 5, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Why is she wearing a harness? Is something going on that might be called — kinky?

Buz Martin January 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

She is not without a certain chaotic charm. Am I wrong?

Crazy on a woman is hot. Dammit. Oh lord, the stories I could tell.

But I better not.

shifty henry January 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm

How did my reply yesterday to Buz get deleted? If anybody did read it, what did I say? I’ve forgotten what I said!

snickering January 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

Uh Oh this isn’t actual censorship is it. Will your reputation is at risk if you allowed a comment not be posted.

Tim January 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Who wants to bet the wedding is back on by May?

Max January 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm

“in an odd wrinkle to the story, Richard Eckstrom’s” on-again

Richard Eckstrom IS the odd wrinkle, and the old wrinkle, and the perverted wrinkle!

SCBlueWoman January 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

And viagra addicted.

Larry January 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Dick Eckstrom has been sucking at the tit of the taxpayers for generations! He bitches and cries like a baby but never gets a damn thing done, except cashing his paycheck and driving his government. Oh yea, I forgot, he works part time for his government salary!

snickering January 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

If I click my ruby red shoes three times and I will be in any other state or better still a beautiful island.

Garden Tool January 6, 2015 at 9:54 am

Kinsley Wentzky is a whore

Dan Ruck January 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

Thanks, FITSNews. Wonderful story!

Marilyn January 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm

She does still teach our children, right? I wonder what?

Tammy'sTrailerPark January 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm

bet he needs a prosthetic device to keep his dick hard and erect

I just know January 6, 2015 at 2:19 pm

The pettrey woman can easily get child support once her baby is born (and maybe even prior for medical bills) and could likely even get a family law attorney to take her case on contingency.

Slim Shady January 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Hey Richard, been bird hunting with Pee Wee lately?

xx January 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm

You can’t make this stuff up.

xx January 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

What is she going to do with the money she raises? The poor pregnant girl realized she made a mistake and is considering putting her illegitimate baby up for adoption. Why does she need money? Most adoptive parents will gladly cover her medical bills.


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