NEW ALLEGATIONS OF HARASSMENT …
|| By FITSNEWS || Earlier today, this website broke the news that S.C. representative Nelson Hardwick had resigned from the S.C. House of Representatives.
Numerous media outlets have picked up the story – including the allegations we reported on involving unwanted sexual advances made by the fiscally liberal “Republican” toward multiple women.
One of these women – a House staffer – filed an ethics complaint against Hardwick on April 30. A hearing on that complaint was scheduled for this week, but the Horry County lawmaker resigned before that hearing could take place (reportedly after being shown the evidence that had been collected against him).
Upon learning of Hardwick’s resignation, a decision was made to cancel the hearing.
In addition to the staffer who filed the complaint, at least one female lobbyist has reportedly been the recipient of Hardwick’s unwanted advances. Additionally, FITS has learned that Hardwick has been accused of making unwanted advances toward two female members of the S.C. House.
The names of all of these women – including the two female lawmakers – have been provided to FITS, although we have made the editorial decision not to identify them.
What a mess, right?
No word yet on what formal charges – or lawsuits – might be forthcoming against the 63-year-old politician, but sources familiar with the situation tell FITS Hardwick’s unwanted overtures toward the women in question were “very aggressive.”
Hardwick – whose affinity for imbibing copious amounts of alcohol was no secret – is married with three children.
Beyond his personal issues, Hardwick was one of several lawmakers dogged by the “Coastal Kickback” – a brazen pay-to-play scam in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash was funneled through a fabricated network of corporations to select politicians in exchange for their support of a local tax hike.
Neither he nor his colleagues were ever held accountable for their actions related to that scam, but watchdogs insist the investigation is ongoing.
Hardwick’s resignation will trigger a special election for the House seat he is vacating. Filing for that seat will open on May 29 and close on June 8. Primary elections will be held on July 28 with runoffs on August 11, if necessary. The special election to ultimately fill the seat will be held on September 15.
“Any inappropriate activity related to the men, women and staff that serve in the House chamber has been and will continue to be investigated thoroughly and expeditiously,” S.C. Speaker of the House Jay Lucas said. “Each of us have been entrusted with the opportunity to serve the public and that trust must never be called into question.”
Lucas’ office will be releasing documents related to the Hardwick investigation to the public later this week.
Too bad for everyone involved.
Brazen pay to play scheme? Isn’t that the glorious power of Citizens United and money = free speech?
Well, it ain’t saying much but at least the Cockroach wasn’t hitting on Cockroaches who sit rather than stand
Hardwick is now Softwick now that his wife has gotten ahold of him… he’s lucky he’s not now known as Nowick.
So will Mande run for this seat again? Because even though it is only a part time state rep job, it will be the first job she has ever had.
If the husbands and wives of the elected members of the SC General Assembly knew the truths about the sexual cess pool that exist under the statehouse dome the family courts would be beyond capacity. They call it public service and claim that it’s a sacrifice but the reality is that it is a debaucherous and drunken orgy.
Amen to that. It is exactly what you say. A sexual cesspool.
Just look at Those who have been caught, a very, very small percentage!
I want to file a complaint against the Legislature, especially the Senate for sexual misconduct forvtrying to fuck the citizens in the ass at every turn.
Well played sir.
Only because you want ‘fucked in the ass’. You are a disgrace as a human being and American.
Nice grammar. I take it you never went beyond third grade?
Actually I didn’t drop out until the 5th grade. LMAO!!!
Yawn …. And this is more republican than Bruce Jenner?
“Beyond his personal issues, Hardwick was one of several lawmakers dogged by the “Coastal Kickback” – a brazen pay-to-play scam in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash was funneled through a fabricated network of corporations to select politicians in exchange for their support of a local tax hike.”
LMAO!!! Panama City finally kicked the trash out tonight…the drunken college kids that ‘occupied’ and destroyed the beach for years are no longer welcome…just like the Harley bikers(black bikers are untouchable because of Obama and DOJ) were booted in Myrtle Beach for ‘occupying’ and trashing the city…before that Fort Lauderdale took the trash out….
Law abiding bikers and college students have/will all return to those communities.The economies will thrive. MB has gone to a ‘sports tourism’ based effort to replace the biker money and have been successful.
The locals spoke…the ad tax worked…and that pisses degenerates like fits &co. off…
So you are down with taxes passed by the legislature with no vote on it by the people of the city who have to pay them along with the tourists, workers and other visitors. Noted. Elsewhere on this page you are also apparently very much in favor of blow jobs in parking lots by government employees on sitting city council members. Reveal who and what you really are much?
I love taxes, I can’t wait to raise yours! Taxes need to go up to punish all the lower and middle class citizens! Higher taxes is ultra conservative if a Republican proposes them! You are a liberal for not liking the tax hikes!
Taxes aren’t bad.I am gay however get free birth control pills for hormonal purposes.
Man no one can see through my clever disguises! I still love raising taxes though! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!
“Each of us have been entrusted with the opportunity to serve the public and that trust must never be called into question.”
lulz…this guy doesn’t get out much does he?
Self awareness is obviously a low priority for him.
Harwick has since said he will fight the charges.
Has the end begun for FITS…The Word is: “It is Done.”
Word is Hardwick is denying these allegations.Can you imagine if they aren’t true?
Apparently Boz is related to this guy.
WOW!!!!…Like Ferguson, Duke LaCrosse, NYC Cops, Baltimore Cops, Rolling Stone…
The mound of leftwing hate-lies is becoming a mountain…
And Word is the other show is about to fall on FITS…
We may be in the midst of a anti-liberal-liar Revolution….Stay Tuned…it will be fun…
Read it.Wow.Guess that explains Boz’s behavior as well…since lawsuit was announced…deleting account(s)…1,000 aliases on Fits???
Sounds like a mess.
As a media-ite…I will be at the trial…guarantee you that…may have to fire up SCPD…to give daily (hourly) reports…It will be RICH for the politically interested…
Hardwick is denying the Fits allegations?Will that play into this?I thought Fits broke that story?
That’s never happened before!
I never believed the story…however by resigning his seat that sure doesn’t look good…in my opinion…
It would be an EXCELLENT time for Hardwick to pile on…If it’s not true…publishing it, is an actionable offense…no matter where you got it…
And this about Hardwick will never be investigated: http://www.myrtle-beach.com/2014/05/07/myrtle-beach-lobbyist-broke-the-law/ The Crime they got away with.