SOURCES: POWERFUL PALMETTO POLITICO ON HIS DEATHBED
|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina “Republican” kingmaker John Rainey has never much cared for this website or its founding editor Will Folks … and we’ve never much cared for him.
Back in 2003, Rainey would roll through former S.C. governor Mark Sanford‘s office like royalty … full of self-importance and recrimination for those who did not measure up to his high standard. On his visits he specifically singled out Folks – then a brash, twenty-something press secretary – for failing to wear a coat and tie to the governor’s office.
“You need to show respect for this office – and yourself,” Rainey would say.
“Whatever,” Folks would respond.
Respect … Rainey has always been big on that. Which is why years later, when summoned to a meeting with the wealthy attorney/ investor/ fundraiser, Folks donned his sharpest suit and best manners.
“You wore a tie,” Rainey remarked.
“I remembered,” Folks responded.
Rainey has always been a pit bull in defense of his beliefs … which we’re going to go ahead and say haven’t ever really been in alignment with ours. He’s been a liberal “Republican” who consistently favored more government – which he was in a position to enable as Sanford’s Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) chairman.
But over the years we have developed a (very) grudging respect for the man we mercilessly criticized over the years.
Why do we bring this up now? Sources tell FITS Rainey is on his deathbed at Columbia, S.C.’s Baptist Hospital.
“He’s unresponsive,” one source told us. “On heart and lung machine, dialysis. Prognosis is grim.”
Apparently a recent surgical procedure resulted in Rainey contracting sepsis, a whole body inflammation triggered by an infection. Things have gone steadily downhill from there, we’re told.
Rainey made statewide news in 2012 when he relentlessly pursued ethics charges against S.C. governor Nikki Haley. He got her, too – nailing her dead to rights on a host of abuses.
Unfortunately, Haley’s flagrant violations were shamelessly whitewashed by her former colleagues in the S.C. House of Representatives. In fact, not only did these “Republicans” refuse to investigate clear and compelling evidence of corruption committed by Haley, they allowed her to spew unsubstantiated hate against Rainey.
“Mr. Rainey is a racist, sexist bigot who has tried everything in his power to hurt me and my family,” Haley said during her show trial.
The governor was flat out lying … as Rainey later documented. But Haley’s demonstrably false claim … like similar attacks on S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy (who also dared to criticize her) went unchallenged by the media.
This website makes it a point not to heap praise upon dead (or dying) public officials whose policies failed those they were charged with protecting. In fact we are repeatedly bashed for “speaking ill of the dead” on such occasions.
But in Rainey’s case, we believe he made up for a lifetime of misguided (albeit well-intentioned) ideology with his tenacious pursuit of the truth about Haley, whom he rightfully regarded as “corrupt to her core.”
So while we didn’t agree with him on policy (or care for him personally) … we cannot help but admire him.
“A very difficult man, but I have a feeling there will be many tears,” our source said of Rainey’s imminent passing.
It has been written that silence in the face of corruption is cowardice … and a sin.
Well, whatever one thinks of Rainey he sure as hell was never silent …
Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.