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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 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.”