Former Columbia Mayor, Top SC Lobbyist Hospitalized

|| By FITSNEWS || Former Columbia, S.C. mayor Bob Coble was taken from the S.C. State House complex on a stretcher this afternoon. Sources tell us Coble – a lobbyist for Boeing and other big-name corporate clients – was experiencing chest pains. “I was in a committee meeting with him…

|| By FITSNEWS || Former Columbia, S.C. mayor Bob Coble was taken from the S.C. State House complex on a stretcher this afternoon.

Sources tell us Coble – a lobbyist for Boeing and other big-name corporate clients – was experiencing chest pains.

“I was in a committee meeting with him today, he looked terrible,” one lobbyist told FITS.

It’s not clear whether Coble suffered a heart attack, but that’s the early word from our sources.

A physician who was at the S.C. State House as the “Doctor of the Day” treated Coble prior to the arrival of paramedics – who took him to nearby Providence Hospital in downtown Columbia, S.C.

Coble was mayor of Columbia from 1990-2010.

Obviously we don’t agree with Coble on very much politically, but he’s an incredibly nice guy who has always been exceedingly kind to us (even when we were kicking his biggest client in the teeth).

Anyway, our thoughts and prayers go out to Coble and his family.  We hope he’s okay …

UPDATE: Coble’s employer, the Nexsen Pruet law firm, has issued a statement on his condition.  According to the firm, “doctors are performing tests, including a heart catheterization, to check for blockages. Coble is alert and in good spirits at this hour, with family and friends by his side.”


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L J April 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Mayor Bob is one of the finest persons around. Praying for him.

Squishy123 April 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

He may be a nice person, but he’s also still a lawyer, a politician, and a lobbiest… three of the lowest forms of life known to man.

You Know My Name April 16, 2015 at 9:56 am


No more trolls April 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

Really? Not even close. The lowest form of life is cowardly, internet trolls like you. Own it, repent and hope you have enough life left to make up for at least some of the hurt you cause others.

Squishy123 April 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm

I would, if I were a troll. Unfortunately everything I say can be backed up which irritates the hell out of people like you who live in a bubble.

Troll hunter April 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Bubble? What bubble? Unlike you, I live in the real world and actually work! You are wrapped up in your bubble of ignorance and hate. Your delusions, assumptions and stereotypes are not reality. Get outside some, troll.

Squishy123 April 17, 2015 at 1:52 pm

So if I’m wrong, prove me wrong. The reason you sidestep and ignore my challenge is because you know you can’t back up anything and your comments are purely emotional.

Squishy123 April 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

I hear he wore out his body using that “Approved for Funding” stamp while he was mayor.

You Know My Name April 15, 2015 at 5:07 pm



Mayor Milk Man April 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Only if it was for something unless like dog parks, skreet scapes, convention centers, midnight basketball and hug a thug programs. Actual spending needed for infrastructure and real public safety not so much.

Restore decency April 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

All of these are needed, and no one cares more about them than he does.

Restore decency April 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

You are incapable of caring about anyone.

Squishy123 April 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Not true, I care about myself.

No more April 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Yes, yours is the malignant selfishness that is destroying this state and country. You and your ilk only care about yourselves. How could you possibly value good people who care about others. You are simply a bad person with a bad agenda.

Squishy123 April 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

How long do you expect to live with that bleeding heart?

Bible Thumper April 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm

It’s getting pretty bad when a postal worker has to use a gyrocopter to get a simple letter delivered to the President.

Fauxnewsdummie April 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

That was your GOP Congress, A hole…

sparklecity April 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Good point
Trey Gowdy & Mark Sanfraud were probably hiding under their desks and had to be coaxed to come out from under them.
Plus like you posted, the letters were to be delivered to CONGRESS, not POTUS
CNN was all over this BTW
Looks to me like CNN has gone back to the old days of news reporting and not slanted/opinionated bullshit that is offered on Fox or MSNBC.
That being said, I still tune into MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” just to ogle Mika!!!!
i spend my alotted time (0700 – 0745 hrs.) between ogling Mika and switching to Imus in the Morning (which is the best weekday morning show on TV IMHO)

Sam April 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Bob Coble is a good and decent man and i wish him a successful and speedy recovery.

You Know My Name April 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Yeah, a good and decent man, all right. He foisted Charlie Austin off on the City and its Police Department, costing taxpayers easily into the millions of dollars so he could keep the Black vote on his side. Great man, he is!

Light over darkness April 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

He is a great man! Something you could not creep an inch toward.

Big Daddy April 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Wishing all the best for Mayor Coble.

You Know My Name April 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Not to worry! The ethically-challenged and corruption enablers will be around forever. He’s in no danger.

Mayor Milk Man April 15, 2015 at 6:23 pm

He’s a nice guy or so says everyone. That’s why everyone loves him. I don’t know him other than to shake his hand a couple of times at official functions. His actions indicated he’s either ethically challenged, so nice he can’t say no, or chronicly dumb.

You Know My Name April 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm


He also had no problem telling whoppers, such as one function I was present at, when he was going around telling city employees of this “great” raise that was a “done deal” and coming soon. Needless to say, it never happened. I can’t recall if the raise was pre-empted by the “need” for his grandious convention center, or perhaps to settle one of Austin’s sexual harassment lawsuits which he was famous for generating because he couldn’t keep his Holy willie in his pants. Then again, maybe it went to one of Charlie’s numerous “studies”, which he just couldn’t seem to spend enough money on for every little thing that came up.

Soft Sigh from Hell April 15, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Gad, I had forgotten about that empty-uniform Charles Austin.

shifty henry April 15, 2015 at 6:56 pm

“every little thing that came up” — I can believe it.

snickering April 16, 2015 at 5:47 am

Maybe not everything.

Anyway April 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

You’re right – you obviously don’t know him and don’t deserve to. May God forgive your ignorance.

WWJD April 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

You may be anonymous here, but God knows your name and will hold you accountable for your words.

Famously Fatuous April 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm

He heard that T Bone was going to be his new limo driver.

Squishy123 April 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Why is the black guy always the hired help?

King-tut April 15, 2015 at 7:53 pm

The homeowners in Irmo sends their love and thanks for all the section 8 apartments! Harbison is a great place to shop because of it.

You Know My Name April 15, 2015 at 8:04 pm


Restore decency April 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

You are a fool!

King-tut April 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

Lol and you’re delusional or a liberal fool. I say both.

Restore decency April 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

No one cares what you say. You are obviously a miserable loser. King-tut called and said tell that fool to stop using my name. It’s embarrassing!

Wendy April 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Restore decency, spoken like a true libTURD. Good bye Felicia!

Ed April 16, 2015 at 8:35 am

Wishing him a speedy recovery. I know his kids more than I know him and they are all great people.

sparklecity April 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

Is Mayor Coble associated with Coble’s Restaurant in downtown Columbia (if it is still there)?
I ate my last civilian meal there (using a government meal ticket) before being inducted at Ft. Jackson back in 1971.
Pretty good meat & 3 as I remember (funny how you remember something like that after almost 44 years!) But then again being inducted into the US Army back during Vietnam while the draft was still in effect was something that one never forgets
Noticed it was still there a number of years back on one of my VERY FEW times being in downtown Columbia.
Wouldn’t know the man if i bumped into him on the street but am wishing Mr. Coble a full recovery (unlike some asshole posters).

What goes around... April 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

I guess he finally realized what that little skimming, for trolleys and other failed ideas, is finally going to cost the City. Chickens roosting, I say.

DJ April 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

So your opinion is that his health troubles were caused by his “failed ideas,” and that this is a good thing. Ridiculous.


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