Southern Charm: The Campaign Episode

INSIDE THE THOMAS RAVENEL MELTDOWN …  || By FITSNEWS || We’ll be honest.  Like a lot of other people, we have yet to watch an episode of Bravo TV’s reality show Southern Charm this year … which is apparently our loss. “I’m telling you, you are missing prime time crazy…


|| By FITSNEWS || We’ll be honest.  Like a lot of other people, we have yet to watch an episode of Bravo TV’s reality show Southern Charm this year … which is apparently our loss.

“I’m telling you, you are missing prime time crazy sh*t,” our platonic compadre told us during this week’s episode – which revolved around former S.C. treasurer Thomas Ravenel‘s 2014 “comeback campaign” for the U.S. Senate.

Our founding editor encouraged Ravenel to run, promoted his candidacy and even served briefly as a volunteer advisor to his campaign.  Why?  Because we loathe U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham – whom we believe is every bit as nuts as Ravenel.  Also, the Ravenel we remembered running for office (and winning) in 2006 was a champion for free market conservatism – not to mention a disciplined campaigner.

Sadly, that man is gone … like, long gone.  Having been replaced by this guy.

Anyway, last night’s show documented the beginning of the end of Ravenel’s “comeback” – delving into a subject this website wrote about briefly last month.

Ravenel was polling in the low double-digits for much of his 2014 candidacy, but finished with less than four percent of the vote.

What happened?  Well, aside from his always eventful personal life, Ravenel chose to put his money into television commercials stressing socially conservative (“Fighting for our Families“) and pro-military (“Fighting for our Bases“) themes.  Those advertisements – distinctly at odds with Ravenel’s personality and his ideology – fell flat with voters.

Who advised Ravenel to pursue such an ill-fated strategy?  Good question.

The general consensus is that Ravenel was receiving advise from U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford‘s chief of staff Scott English – part of an effort orchestrated by supporters of Graham (who is the godfather of Sanford’s youngest son).

Ordinarily we wouldn’t have believed such a theory, but Sanford has been selling out left and right lately … so it’s not out of the question.

Of course Ravenel blames his defeat on our founding editor …

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Ha! Really?

We’ve actually heard Ravenel say that before … only to recant it the next day.

Anyway, last night’s Southern Charm episode involved the early stages of the Ravenel implosion – notably a dispute between his campaign manager Amy Lazenby (who was recently hired by Sanford) and Whitney Sudler-Smith over campaign strategy.  Sudler-Smith and his Hollywood friends had cut several hokey, unconventional political ads for Ravenel’s campaign – and Lazenby had successfully argued for them to be kept in a can.

Would it have made a difference which ads ran?

Probably not …

Ravenel was beyond unhinged during his campaign … making any advice offered to him pretty much pointless.

“Thomas’ campaign floundered for one reason and one reason alone: Thomas,” a source close to the campaign told FITS.

Indeed …


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YallCalmDown April 21, 2015 at 9:06 am

No commentary on Whitney’s freaky relationship with his mom? He’s bizarre. I don’t blame Lazenby one bit for not wanting to air his ads. God knows what he put in them.

stilla_muse April 23, 2015 at 9:57 am

I know!! His mother IS quite a character,which is in keeping with traditional old south,,but Whitney,that’s another matter! freaky,as you say,indeed.I’m somewhat relieved that she Wants him to marry,have children,etc,,so,it could be more freaky! I must say that I enjoy the show & its colorful cast,,a mix of old traditional southern ways & the new.Except that slimy,arrogant Whitney! Regardless of his wealth,he would be just awful to live with,a terrible partner! Icky!

shifty henry April 21, 2015 at 9:14 am

A woman I know who was born in Chattanooga, is well-educated, intelligent, and is about 66 years old informed me that she is upset about not seeing enough of Southern Charm. She has been hooked on the program since it first aired. She told me that the show would be better if there were more sharp dialogue among the stars. Well, folks, whenever I meet her she is sharp-tongued towards me and everyone else. She can say more snarky and put-downs than any female I’ve ever met. She now lives on Sand Mountain outside of Ft. Payne in northeast Alabama. She is the same way to everyone. She has also been married three times. Is she typical of the fans of this program?

Dan Ruck April 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

Who gives a shit?

The Colonel April 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

Caption for the photo contest:

“My eye, my eye, I knew I shouldn’t have asked for the effing BB gun…”

bogart April 21, 2015 at 10:08 am

Kathryn, pull some hair down your forehead is blinding me.

The Colonel April 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm

“Geez, the butt plug is chafing Kathyrn…”

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 22, 2015 at 9:06 am


“It’s snowing in the drawing room. Tchk. Know what I mean?”

E Norma Scok April 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

Will, just go ahead and tell us how much Ravenel is paying you to air these weekly ads.

Additionally, Lazenby should probably get a radio gig…where noone can see her.

Buz Martin April 21, 2015 at 11:33 am

Personally I could look at her forever. And I don’t usually care for women who are so thin. Your taste sucks.

E Norma Scok April 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

No, you’re a horny old man.

And you like chicks who look like dudes. With bad personalties.

The Colonel April 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

Jeez Will,
Give it a rest already – the stupid show has less than a million viewers on an average night. No one with any kind of life at all can be interested in the self absorbed narcissists who comprise the cast of Southern Charm.

Ravenel is at best the worst kind of playboy. Yeah, he has some money and he apparently earned it himself but beyond that, what has he accomplished? Disgracing himself, his family and the state? Well, yeah, that’s about it.

Buz Martin April 21, 2015 at 11:34 am

He shit all over the family legacy, long before Southern Charm was even conceived.

vicupstate April 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Not true. I have a life and I have watched every episode. Each one reminds me of why I was correct when I didn’t vote for that Douche Bag, when he ran for Treasurer and U.S. Senate. It reminds me that who your dad is/was counts more than brains or experience or character within the GOP. The spoiled over-indulged Trust Fund babies remind me of why the Estate Tax isn’t such a bad thing, despite the rantings of Steve Forbes, et. al.

Plus, it is good for Charleston. If Beverly Hills and Atlanta, etc. can have Real Housewives (and no I don’t watch those), then obviously having a train wreck reality show based in your city is a status symbol.

The Colonel April 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I don’t think you’re interested in the characters, I think you just watch to gloat.

shifty henry April 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Tom is applying for a job as a signalman for the local railroad, and is told to meet the inspector at the signal box.

The inspector decides to give Tom a pop quiz, asking, “What would you do if you realized that two trains were heading towards each other on the same track?”

Tom says, “I would switch one train to another track.”

“What if the lever broke?” asks the inspector.

“I’d run down to the tracks and use the manual lever,” answers Tom.

“What if that had been struck by lightning?” challenges the inspector.

“Then,” Tom continues, “I’d run back up here and use the phone to call the next signal box.”

“What if the phone was busy?”

“In that case,” Tom argues, “I’d run to the street level and use the public phone near the station”.

“What if that had been vandalized?”

“Oh, well,” says Tom, “in that case I’d run into town and get my Uncle Leo.”

This puzzles the inspector, so he asks, “Why would you do that?”

“Because he’s never seen a train crash.”

shifty henry April 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm

The restaurant was packed full with diners when, all of a
sudden, there was a terrible commotion and a woman began to choke on a piece of food. Quick as a flash, a man ran forward, grabbed the woman and put her
face-down on the floor. Then he pulled up her skirt, pulled down her panties and licked her ass. Immediately, the woman coughed up the piece of food and stood up fully recovered. As the man walked back to his table, his companion looked at him in astonishment. “Damn, I’ve never seen anything like that before!” he exclaimed. “That’s called the Hindlick Maneuver,” came the reply.

SynTwist April 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm


shifty henry April 21, 2015 at 3:22 pm

I can only guess at the woman’s expression when….

Kaarina Chanel Towey April 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

What a wonderful train wreck

Emma Cairn April 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

I agree that T Rav was responsible for his nonsense run for office. The TV ad loved by Whitney was nothing short of a joke. That a convicted felon who did time for coke would party on the back porch with a bunch of women half his age made him look like an idiot. T Rav doesn’t get it. At 50+ years of age it’s high time to add a little class to your act. Leaving Kathryn unacknowledged multiple times just further adds to your low life being.


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