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Mande: On Political Consultants

“THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THINGS …” || By MANDE WILKES || Boils on the butt of humanity. Quoting “Steel Magnolias,” that’s how I describe political consultants. They suck – literally, like leaches, and colloquially too. In the days since I dropped a generic, non-declarative statement to…

“THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THINGS …”

|| By MANDE WILKES || Boils on the butt of humanity.

Quoting “Steel Magnolias,” that’s how I describe political consultants. They suck – literally, like leaches, and colloquially too.

In the days since I dropped a generic, non-declarative statement to the press regarding a recent vacancy in the S.C. House of Representatives, no fewer than five consultants have contacted me.  Predictably, each has been sleazy – think Danny DeVito in the role of a used-car salesman.

Before hanging up, I ask them a single question: Why should I have anything to do with anyone who would have anything to do with the likes of me?

They falter.  The script hasn’t prescribed a response to this, and they lack the facility to just wing it.  These are not sharp or incisive men.  These are people for whom pablum is a means and also an end, people for whom the weather is a perfectly stimulating topic of conversation.

These are the people who run the people who run things.

Do you have chills, yet?

Yeah, I do mean to be kind of funny but also I kind of mean to be serious.  It shocks the conscience, or it should, that there is actually a whole substratum of people who exist for the purpose of administering campaigns.

Candidates who cannot manage their own campaign budgets, for one thing, are wholly unqualified to manage the people’s budget.  And candidates who cannot articulate their own philosophies should be absolutely barred from suffusing those views.

Seriously, is this even real life anymore?  If I was a voting lady, I’d enact a rule: don’t vote for any person who can’t generate his own goddamn stump speech. (And then I’d be able to vote for precisely no one, so… pretty much the same position I’m in anyway.)

But back to my suitors.  What drives these people?

Money, obviously.  They sink their clients’ campaign accounts into the red, depleting funds in service of pushing an agenda vis-à-vis how to spend taxpayer money.  They espouse solutions to the “deficit,” and meanwhile they’re often overseeing a campaign with a deficit of its own, and are themselves profiting grandly.

Most salient of all is that no one seems really to mind.  Probably that’s because few people are aware of this neo-democratic f*ckery.

The other thing that drives consultants is, I guess, glory.  In fact, I’m diagnosing them all as chronically co-dependent – a burning case of wind-beneath-the-wings syndrome.  They are themselves humorless knots-on-a-log, with zero charm, and they can mend their shortcomings, they hope, by linking arms with someone more affable.

… A little more Don Draper, a little less Danny DeVito.

Except it doesn’t quite work, of course.  So these guys – consultants – they’re always on the make, always ready to pounce. Looking for the next big thing, or at least the next new thing.  Before they know it, they’re dialing up the likes of me – a consultant’s worst nightmare, to be sure, because I don’t exactly play well with others.

But they don’t care – they like lost causes, sure things, the underdog, the big dog.  It doesn’t matter to them, win or lose.  They still get paid, they still get to “run” something.

Mande Wilkes is a wife, mother, businesswoman, author, etc. residing on the South Carolina coast with her family.  Email her at m@mandewilkes.com.

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202 comments

guest May 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Is there a ‘vacancy’…I thought Hardwick was denying this and changed his mind? You think he is guilty of the allegations Fits apparently (?) reported as fact?

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Twirls May 16, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Hello pogo, fc, sandi, kev, guest. On and on and on ad nauseam.

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guest May 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Boz, who is kev?

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Twirls May 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Who’s Boz?

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Guest May 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Hey, slow-wit! The special election has been called. You can’t just change your mind, once you’ve resigned. Please try to keep up a little better, OK?

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Special Elections May 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

It’s like the Special Olympics except for politics. No doubt fc and GT will be top contenders.

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Breaking News May 16, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Some good poi nts from Mande, hard to disagree, campaign consultants are generally sleaze balls. However, in making tthe observation that is akin to the sky is blue, the grass is green an d water flows downhill, Mande is, as she is nearly always, nasty and crude. Of course that is her act, to shock and titilate. Regarding affairs of state, Mande don’t know shit from shinola. Of course I forget Mande pandy is only 29.

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guest May 16, 2015 at 7:57 pm

29? Gosh.At 29 I was helping reelect Jesse Helms.Mande, would you have worked for Jesse?

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guest May 16, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Five people ‘reach out to YOU’ and think you are worthy enough of THEM considering being part of a ‘potential’ political opportunity you MIGHT consider…and you call them ‘SLEAZY’….??? Lady you ain’t got a chance in politics with that self -serving attitude….

Get a cut out of your opponent and debate it all over the district you run in…NO town halls like ‘swervin’ Tom Ervin…if you are incompetent or uninformed that will sink you…

Only advice i can give you….best of luck…

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FastEddy23 May 16, 2015 at 9:40 pm

I’m shocked! Self eengrandisment from a media pundit?

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shifty henry May 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Soooo, the GrandTango finally got his first car — today — for his birthday — from his MaMa…. Happy Birthday, GT..!!

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Squishy123 May 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

Whether 16 or 46, that 1973 Pinto means a lot.

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Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:34 am

1992 Geo Metro, the one with the 3 cylinder engine.

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Squishy123 May 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

That’s not likely to get his fat ass around town.

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Garbage May 17, 2015 at 9:40 am

You sure talk about vibrators and ass a lot. Is that why they call you ‘Squishy’.

You seem dumb-I like dummies.

Toyota Kawaski May 18, 2015 at 8:26 am

no that is the sound his gunhole makes when he walks!!! U can only bore the hole so much before it becomes Squishy!!!

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

It’s be funny watching it go up (try to go up) the hills in LexMo though.

Garbage May 17, 2015 at 9:37 am

The last year you had a drivers licence?

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Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

The last year you had a brain?

SYNTwist May 17, 2015 at 9:44 am

I love you.What is your favorite wine?

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

Go away SHILL!!!!

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013

PS. You’re still a SHILL!

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 10:03 am

True Story: A marketing professor at Carolina told me about the contract he got from Ford. The contract, to run during the summer break, was for a customer satisfaction survey of all Pinto owners in SC. This was for the first two years the Pinto was on the market. Ford gave him four Pintos for the students to use. Halfway through the summer the prof told Ford his students would not be able to complete the survey. Why? — because the Pintos were constantly in the shop for repairs and maintenance! Ford gave him the full contract amount, took the Pintos, and told him to keep his mouth shut!

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GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Consultants are the cocaine of politics…

That said: FITS is the crack cocaine of consultants…

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Twirls May 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Every time I read your non-sense it takes another glass of wine to keep me sane. Toodles.

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 6:36 am

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

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twirls is tootsie May 17, 2015 at 9:06 am

Or wearing moms dresses.

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Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

Guess again Pogo/FC/Sandi/Guest/Kev. How much are you getting paid to shill for Bingham over on the other articles?

SYNTwist May 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

I HAVE BEEN HACKED!!!!

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:43 am

Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.

WARNING: SHILL ALERT

Squishy123 May 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

Then how are you still here? As much as you’re online I’m guessing you fit this profile.

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Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

That’s why it’s so sad to be GrandTango.

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FastEddy23 May 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

“… They falter … “?

Your question reminds of the WC Fields / Grocho Marks “I would not join any club that would have me as a member.” … Or maybe “I would not join a club that would have you as a member”?

I faltered at your question as well … having to re-read it several times to get the full witticism.

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idcydm May 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Political Consultant….if that don’t work out you start a blog.

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FastEddy23 May 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Chuckles…

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KeshiaJWray May 17, 2015 at 6:31 am

???????$77 /hr 0n the computer@me22//

???https://FrontRowNetM0ney Groups.com/may/standard…

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 17, 2015 at 7:07 am

And if that doesn’t work, you occasionally post articles on somebody else’s blog.

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idcydm May 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

Yes, some do but the really big winner, becoming a MSM news anchor.

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GrandTango May 18, 2015 at 8:55 am

Occasionally? How about non-stop 24/7 *#&%(!&% !&(#%&!(#%& @(#&%@(#%&(@ %&@(#%& (@&#%(&@#%(#@&% comments?

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FastEddy23 May 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

“Boy, here, needs a job”
Caption: photo of big obese bearded biker holding a tiny diapered baby.

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Torch May 16, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Why stop at political consultants. All consultants are leaches.

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shifty henry May 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm

As in the use of the word in this manner? —

“They were simply pumping him full of a powerful solvent that would leach away the bowels.”

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Bible Thumper May 17, 2015 at 3:18 am

Pete Strom is Folks’ lawyer. He also supports your views on dueling.
http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21183912.html

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shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 7:10 am

— and if one party fails to appear publish a statement of cowardice

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shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

The duels between politicians should be held in the WB Stadium. Free attendance, and bring your own booze and smokes. Photos posed beforehand by the combatants and autographed by them at no charge (after all…???). Dueling season will be allowed only during warm weather when gals can wear skimpy, revealing outfits.

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Twirls May 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm

If one person is a member of the SC House and the other a member of the SC Senate then the Mace (House) and Sword (Senate) of State must be used as their dueling weapons.

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm

You really beat me to it about which weapons to use. I was going to work up a scenario (no pistols — that’s too easy, because we need to see a duel that drags out).. but yours is a great suggestion… and more fun!

Slartibartfast May 17, 2015 at 7:20 pm

But, with the attractive, skimpily-clad ladies to appreciate, shouldn’t we charge a modest fee? ..or would the guardians of the poor complain? ..or, perhaps a participation fee? ..or two examples of witnessed miracles?

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Hmmm. should have been clearer – the gals would be spectators.

Bible Thumper May 16, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Mande, You’re too young to so so cynical. Wait until you’re my age.

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Paul_Curry May 17, 2015 at 1:06 am

“Why should I have anything to do with anyone who would have anything to do with the likes of me?”
“I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member,” attributed to Julius Marx.

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. May 17, 2015 at 6:10 am

What more do you want? She came and she gave without taking….

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Allison May 17, 2015 at 8:23 am

Their are a handful of consultants in SC that are worth listening too. The rest are blood sucking ticks. They are paid to do the unethical, perhaps illegal, activity that the candidate won’t touch with his own hands.

They are the ones that sneak around campaign laws, make “payoffs possible by laundering the money, devise and promote the slander, liable and gossip that has become the staple of everyday political life.

If you are in politics AND not being trashed you are a do nothing politician. And the scum managing these unethical actives are called consultants.

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Squishy123 May 17, 2015 at 9:27 am

Several of the consultants are former politicians, so that tells you something.

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W. Whetzel May 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm

I know! Don’t you just HATE those people?

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Mike Green May 17, 2015 at 2:21 pm

You still owe me for the job I did where I got busted in Myrtle Beach after trespassing and decking that security guard. Tried to disown my ass! And I didn’t even get a kiss beforehand.
Shit, you’re almost as bad to work for as Cahaly.

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Victorious Secret May 17, 2015 at 8:39 am

“It shocks the conscience, or it should, that there is actually a whole substratum of people who exist for the purpose of administering campaigns.”

+10!

Mande: Please hold dear to these words. If you allow yourself to get sucked in to the political cesspool, please stay the course.

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9" May 17, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply
shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

Are you directing your affections towards Mandy — or Barry?

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Timmy Tebow May 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm

BManilow rocks the house!

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 11:03 am

Bingham v FITS would be DEVASTATING to Dirty Democrat Hit Squads, and the liberal media.

NO major media is TOUCHING coverage of Bingham’s push back against the leftwing character assassins.

The State has been BURNED already, in it’s sister The Sun News, for doing the same thing FITS is being prosecuted for…

The DEATHLY quiet on this case is speaking LOUDLY…..The FEAR among liberals is palpable. This case has NATIONAL ramifications. Every state, and every liberal hate panel, has its version of FITS.

If you are an American, Patriot, freedom-lover or loyal South Carolinian, and love our people…TELL EVERYONE that FITS is being sued, and WHY…Tell them WHO, and WHAT he and his minions are…

When you ask WHAT CAN I DO TO BEGIN to heal this damaged land, and turn us into a direction of Decency and Hope…OUTING the Vermin and filth that is destroying us is a very worthy act…

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The State - Checking In May 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

The Buzz

A blog from The State’s political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

House Ethics Committee Chairman Kenny Bingham has lawyered up and is suing S.C. political blogger Will Folks – the scribe behind the opinionated political blog Fitsnews.

Bingham’s lawsuit is the first against Folks since launching his website in 2006, the blogger said.

The Lexington Republican lawmaker filed a libel lawsuit in Lexington County last week accusing Folks of falsely publishing in December that libertarian activist Colin Ross had filed an ethics complaint accusing him of using his position for personal gain.

State Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington, told Folks no ethics complaint was filed, but the blogger wrote stories anyway that included “false and defamatory” claims, the lawsuit said.

Quinn told The Buzz that he asked Bingham, his desk mate, about the alleged ethics complaint after hearing from Folks. Bingham said no complaint was filed against him, Quinn said.

Bingham’s attorney John Parker said his client would know if a complaint was filed against him because he leads the House ethics panel.

Folks referred questions about the lawsuit to his attorney Pete Strom. The blogger has “back-up documentation” in emails and texts from Ross that supports what he published, Strom said.

The odds may be in Folks’ favor, however.

Bingham must prove Folks “either knew (the information he published) was false or had serious doubt about the accuracy of what was published, and published it anyway,” said Jay Bender, a media attorney who has represented The State.

It’s a “very high standard,” Bender said.

And if the court cannot settle the matter, Strom has another idea:

“Maybe we need to re-legalize dueling in South Carolina and let politicians and reporters fight it out on the courthouse steps.”

http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21183912.html

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Watching The BS May 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

Was a complaint mailed in and received – not logged as required – and them simply thrown in the trash?

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White Cloud May 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Like government agencies intentionally being difficult with FOIA request. Yes, saying they never got a request. Old fashion way with snail mail, take it to the post office have them give you a stamped receipt for mailing. No need for certified mail return receipt. Postal service guarantees delivery. Its an old trick attorneys sometimes do. I’ve done this before with a difficult attorney. And it worked when they said they never got a copy of my motion. Made the judge cut eyes at them. Bingham has plenty of things to overcome if he expects to win this suit. With what is at stake here, I certainly hope he doesn’t resort to the dirty unethical tactics some lawyers seem to utilize.

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Ah! So that's the game! May 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

… Kenny is trying to establish that the complaint was never received, and figures a jury will buy that line of bullshit, and that will be the end of it.

Dubious strategy at best. And maybe a trap that he’s walked right into with both eyes open.

Then there's this May 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Quinn may have fucked Kenny up bad by lying to him about that complaint not having been received. Maybe he’s working with the federales to send the Fop-man to Fudgepacker Central.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 11:52 am

Imagine that….The State is Butying it in a page, on their minions read…and then surmising that FITS cannot lose…
I think you are whistling past the graveyard.
FITS was TOLD there was NO ethics complaint filed, and insisted there was…
That’s KNOWINGLY and willfully LYING in an effort to DAMAGE Bingham…
On top of that, FITS seems to be in w/ some very SLIMEY legal protection…that will not get a very warm reception among Lexington County’s population…
Again: I’d hate to be in FITS’ shoes in this case…
I bet Parker has a LOT MORE EXPERINCE than FITS’ attorney. There is no ambulance to chase, it seems…LMAO…

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Gary Grizzle May 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

I didn’t know the trial was already over. Thanks, judge.

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

I can read the law. The law says FITS libeled Bingham, if the law is applied. Don’t you agree?

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Did you just call the former US Attorney for South Carolina slimey?

FITS had a copy of the complaint from Colin Ross, who would you believe Rick Quinn a member of one the most slimey and likely corrupt political families in South Carolina or Colin Ross an activist for open government and transparency. Bingham is riding a dead horse for some yet to be discovered political reason. Since FITS is the only alternative media outlet in the state that will criticize the establishment, I’d day that’s likely reason. Shut out the light so the cockroaches can play all day.

https://www.fitsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/KENNY-BINGHAM-ETHICS-COMPLAINT.pdf

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm

FITS reported the complaint had been filed. He was told it was not filed, and it had not been filed. FITS published the lie anyway, in an effort to damage Bigham, knowing it was a lie.

And if he reiterated to Quinn, over the phone, the report had been filed, even though it was not, that’s slander.

Open and shut…FITS is guilty of libel and slander, according to the LAW.

I Am Outside Your Front Door May 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Quinn lies. You will see … hahahahaahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

And FITS is telling the truth…right???…LMAO…

I can’t wait to see you try to prove that one before a judge and a jury…Hahahahaha…

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Apparently Jay Bender who is supposed to be one of the best media attorney’s in the country disagrees with you.

The best part will be if we find out a complaint was filed and Ross/FITS have the proof and that complaint was mysteriously “lost”. I guessing there will be some guys with initials F B I and S L E D that are wanting to know he same thing.

Garbage May 17, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Initials? You mean S.Y.N.Twist?

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm

SHILL ALERT! SHILL ALERT! SHILL ALERT!

Do not feed the shill. How much is Kenny paying you, or do we have to wait for discovery to find out?

Garbage May 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Never met Kenny nor am I paid for anything.Just an interested citizen that believes IF you libel/slander in your own community you just MAY be held accountable in in a court of law.Anybody or any agency knocks on my door in regards to ANY subject related to Fits and the Bingham civil suit will look like small potato’s in comparison.

TSN and employee David Wren apparently found out there limits to writing things that are false and libelous about people-EVEN the court ruled a PUBLIC person.

Hopefully the ‘parties’ work this out and everybody can move on. FitsNews is very informative on many issues-just like SCPD was/is.Fits also has a family and maybe this will give him caution when FitsNews decides to try and destroy another politician and/or family.Maybe the court will decide he didn’t libel/slander Bingham.I don’t know the particulars of this case.

I am amazed the POS low life from Horry County that has libeled/slandered just about EVERY politician/public official in the state is apparently involving himself.First TSN and now Fits.

Garbage Pail Kid All Growed Up May 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

^^^^^ That’s pogo pretending to be Garbage.

No, wait …

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Bender is a SHILL for the liberal media industry. He’s technically a lobbyist hack, who gives the same answer no matter the question and who is asking it…

I doubt he has EVER incriminated a newspaper, or news site, no matter how libel or slanderous they have turned out to be….

guest May 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm

What a defense.Boz and SYNTwist under multiple aliases and posting 24/7, have apparently concluded that a complaint was filed and lost.

There you have it folks.$650,ooo will seem like a bargain Sun News.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

I think you HIT the NAIL on the HEAD. They’re BUSTED…based on what they are using as a defense…If they have no more than that…they’ve already LOST.

Be careful what you wish for May 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Discover could well out you, once and for all. Along with any number of paid operatives of countless politicians, lobbyists and business interests who regularly attack Will.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

You mean all decent Americans….dumb@$$….LMAO…

RealAmericans™ May 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Correct. Decent Americans are praying for Kenny to get the shit, piss and fuck slapped out of him. All real America’s love transparency and despise corrupt politicians.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:03 pm

That’s why he gets re-elected so much, huh?

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Who know why things happen they way they do in the corrupt City of Cayce and the corrupt County of Lexington.

Need I remind you of Jimmy Metts, Jason Amodio, Cayce City Council and mayor voting themselves huge raises last October?????

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Jimmy Metts, Jason Amodio were/are prosecuted.

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm

After years and years of fucking the citizens of LexCo in the ass, Metts finally got caught and prosecuted. Still goes to prove a pattern of corruption over in the “West Metro”

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Unhinged much?

fc May 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Just a question.If this ‘twirls’ has evidence of corruption in these communities…why doesn’t he/she just march into the damn police department or SLED or FBI or city council meeting and accuse ALL of high crimes and misdemeanors?

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm

I’m not sure, fc. But I got another notice of “Suspicious Activity” from Google today. It said someone was trying to log into my account w/ several different password tries. And it WAS NOT me.

Someone is furiously trying to hack my system. And it has Twist and Boz fingerprints all over it.

They seem to be coming unhinged of late.

Hate to think these people have become that desperate. I’ve found there is a SC Computer Crime Unit. And there is a contact number.

It would be a great catch for the Haley Administration if her Law Enforcement personnel found that anyone connected to FITS News is trying to hack computers, especially right now..along w/ the chance to show how she is protecting us from cyber-creepers…

fc May 17, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Interesting…thank you…

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Why did you avoid the content, and try to divert to a irrelevant defense for FITS???…Strange, and telling, at the same time…..

J Mande Wilkes May 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm

What in the actual fuck are you people talking about, and can we PLEASE get back to discussing ME?

Today’s Tunage: May 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm
GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Rep. Bingham’s suit is MUCH more compelling. And FITS (like Hillary and the claims) wants to discuss anything BUT the libel suit against him.

And that makes it SO MUCH MORE interesting, and telling. Last Sunday FITS was Bragging and saying BRING IT…now not a whimper.

That speaks volumes. If FITS would fully disclose, maybe we could get back to the other issues. But as long as he stone-walls, it’s just more of a distraction.

easterndumbfuckistan May 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

The GrandTurd of FITS has derailed this like he does everything else. Apparently the lawsuit filed by the clown from Redneckistan has him all hot, bothered and bonered up.

Obviously that gives him much more “pleasure” than looking at your beautiful face. :)

Hand On The Bible May 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Quinn under oath. Now what is the penalty for perjury? 5 years in prison? And that’s not even including the statute for Conspiracy to Commit. The spin offs from this lawsuit could cause the entire lid of the Statehouse to blow off, like Operation Lost Trust did.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Didn’t Clinton appoint Strom?

Look up slimey in the dictionary..and see whose picture is beside the definition…

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm

That was Janet Reno who was appointed by Clinton. Doesn’t change much as your getting to “lower levels” by the time you get to a appointee in a small state like South Carolina. Are you inditing everyone that worked for the feds and served in the armed forces during the Clinton Administration? If so I know a few guys who are US Marshalls and Delta Force members that might want to meet with you.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Running away from WHO you are again…LMAO

James P. Drigger May 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

Skipping church again, you godless liberal? And just to post your typical irrelevant musings about FITS and the lawsuit. We get it already. This is the one hundredth post on it you’ve decided to bless us with.

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Watching The BS May 17, 2015 at 11:28 am

I think we need to serve Tango a restraining Order and ask that the court order him to submit to a full psychiatric evaluation. He is trying to hijack every single story on this website by injecting the matter of Bingham into irrelevant subjects. In my opinion, Tango seems overly obsessive, a menace, and unstable.

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shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

but – but – but -…….could GT be BINGHAM (shuddering) ..??

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

Bingham has a lot more people in his corner than small-minded little weasels like you, Boz and FITS would EVER believe…
There’s a whole big world out there, besides the dens of dope-smoking and W#ore houses…where those like you dwell for “enlightenment”…

Ignorance slapper May 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Traffic in hate much?

White Tango May 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

This guy GrandTango is a creep. I hope he get locked up.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

No, I traffic in truth and reality…which is why YOU traffic in HATE against me, all the time….

Ignorance Slapper May 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm

If by “truth and reality” you mean deranged diatribes that border on paranoid schizophrenic, then okay. The fact that you are so posses must mean I hit the nail on the head. Shitting your pants over getting the shit slapped out of you much?

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Aimless and ignorant much?

Ignorance Slapper May 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Like I said, you’re just flailing aimlessly now. That’s what happens when you get the shit slapped out of you and your myths.

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Again, GT, you did not answer my question —

…could GT be BINGHAM (shuddering) ..??

..

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

…could GT be BINGHAM (shuddering) ..??

GT, you did not answer my question..

easterndumbfuckistan May 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Is Bub Shumpert Rd in Kenny’s district?

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Bub Shumpert Rd. is in Pelion// A friend lives there and I tease about GT (after explaining GT’s character) living on his street — also, I just think “Bub Shumpert” is a funny name…

easterndumbfuckistan May 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm

That’s funny. +10 and GT has to live on some road named something like Bub Shumpert Rd. If he doesn’t the universe lakes a sense of order and humor.

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 7:24 pm

I remember (and wish now that it had been saved) an article (playboy? — rolling stone?) that promoted the idea that new subdivisions have names that reflect the truth of wildlife. No more
Morning Glory Lane or Shady Elm stuff but REAL things such as Chipmunk Shit Circle and Rotting Fish Road, and so forth. If I had a gazillion dollars I might build a trailer park (first class all the way, but with crazy street names) — and I bet it would fill up fast!

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

stay tuned for TBG in 6-5-4-3-2-1 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

shifty henry May 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Bub Shumpert Rd is not paved and there are no plans to do so. It is the world’s worst washboard road….. it should be put on the historical list
))))) disqus is fouling up again..(((((((

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

the dens of dope-smoking and W#ore houses…
GT, you worded that statement very carefully// if you had said, “dens of dope-smoking whores” you would have revealed where you hang out — that is, after MaMa has slipped into her Slumberland….

Who's Zoomin' Who? May 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Small-Minded little dope-smoking weasels in W#ore houses are people, too, GT.

And we VOTE!

Is that funny little Perot guy on the ballot this time? He was a trip, man!

I know, right? May 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm

… but I’m voting for Snoop Lion. Or Snap Dragon. One of those guys.

Discovery IDs GT -- BAM!!! May 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

How sweet it will be …

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Honest people have NOTHING to hide…which may be why FITS is being so meek, all of the sudden, regarding the lawsuit.

Tango's A Liar May 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Your ghost town blog has a number of mistakes. One is the nference that Kathy Griffn drinks. Good thing she’s a celeb, huh”

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 11:45 am

Your fantasy is to arrest ANYONE saying anything you don’t like.
Look where that got FITS – and Hitler……LMAO…

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 11:44 am

Sweating bullets…are you???… Don’t blame you. Just because the news Gestapo is trying to ignore it, does not mean it will not eat you alive.
Also: sad to see you’re as closed-minded toward God, as you are toward freedom and open thinking.
Churches are not REQUIRED to only offer services when you DEMAND they be offered to feed you dogmatic, and false religiosity.
People like you damage the GOSPEL, w/ your piety and self-righteousness. God’s church is ALWAYS open. Not just when the hateful say it is.

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James P. Drigger May 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Oh yes, sweating bullets for sure. Wow, you really got me there. After all, what would I do if FITS gets shut down? I wouldn’t get to hear any of your juvenile rants anymore. Oh no! As for your hypocrisy, the church gathers to assemble on Sundays. Sure, it’s always open but you have decided to neglect the traditional assembly allotted to it in favor of empty chatter on a blog you claim to hate.

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

So you are D*mni*g me because I don’t follow your “traditions”…

Jesus warned us of false prophets like you…who will tell you THEIR way is the ONLY way …when in reality, YOUR way is filled w/ folly and danger…..

Signz Z Paperz May 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Who will you retain to represent you in court? These documents I am reading … .. .

twirls May 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Yet you demean others beliefs and “traditions”. I’ve seen you berate Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians all for being liberal denominations. Obviously you’re a hypocrite, because you call out everyone but you aren’t open to being questioned on your belief’s.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

You know I’ve slapped the S#!t out of you, when you revert to your myths, hoping they’ll save you.

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

When you result to that I know I’ve won. Thanks for playing, parting gifts are in the back.

James P. Drigger May 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Wow, make up stuff much? I didn’t say they were my traditions. The implication was clearly that it’s a gospel tradition. Also, you are bad at truthful references. Jesus certainly warned of false prophets, but not what you are talking about. Jesus clearly told us that his way is the only way. So, if what you say is true (“who will tell you their way is the only way”), he would be warning about himself. How can you have it so backwards? You just throw whatever possible slogan out there that you can, hoping it will confuse whoever reads it.

Bible Thumper May 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

So, Drigger and Tango agree. At least that traditions that GT doesn’t support are not Drigger’s traditions either.

Matthew 11: 16 “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17 and saying:

‘We played the flute for you,
    And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
    And you did not lament.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
STOP ACTING LIKE CHILDREN!

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Way back during the Middle Ages, one of GrandTango’s ancestors was a roaming singer and
musician who was known far and wide as GrandTroubadour. Arriving at a castle one day he was greeted by the King who welcomed him and offered food and lodging for the night in return for providing his well-known entertainment talents.

After a huge feast, the King brought out his three gorgeous daughters who also provided entertainment, much to the pleasure of GrandTroubadour.

—– the first daughter sang the most beautiful songs he had ever heard

—– the second daughter danced the most alluring
dances he had ever seen

—– the third daughter played a flute with the most melodious tunes he had ever heard

Afterwards, the King said, “As is my well-known custom for hospitality, my guests are allowed to sleep with his choice of bedmate.”

Question: Whom did GrandTroubadour choose to sleep with?

Timmy Tebow May 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm

I’m afraid to ask, but whom did he choose?

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Come on folks, make a few guesses….

Timmy Tebow May 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

the skanky maid who’ll let him do her in the ass?

Twirls May 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Obviously the King. Who it slapped the shit out of before he stole the Kings anal cherry.

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm

YES..!! GrandTroubador slept with the KING – after all, this IS a Fairy Tale..!!

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

That’s good – I’ll have to see if I can work that into the story. TT, do you remember those gag plastic cards — well you reminded of those that I’ve kept with the intention of framing. One of those (in front of me) is the “ANTI-SKANK COALITION” card, “Helping Mankind Resist Ugly Women”

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 9:05 pm

DISQUS is screwing with me again (it’s after 9pm –shit)

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Quit trying to backpedal from WHO, and WHAT you are…now that I called you on it…

Don’t run your mouth, if you don’t want me to expose you.

James P. Drigger May 17, 2015 at 4:36 pm

I called you out on your unbiblical response. Don’t run away from the fact that you are wrong and I exposed your attempts to try and misquote Jesus. You just resorted to an attack, I showed the truth. Pretending like I’m the one backpedaling is clever, but gets you nowhere. You have never once backed up any the statements you say on this site. When someone asks you to, you just go into attack mode. Thank you for revealing who and what you are.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I’m not even sure what th e H#!! you are talking about.

James P. Dripper May 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm

I am sorry.You were right.Please forgive me.

GT's Drool-soaked Pillow May 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

The only thing you ever expose is your horrid pecker, through the glory holes of certain men’s rooms.

ThumbSucker Tango May 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

He foot taps under stalls, ya know.

sparklecity May 18, 2015 at 10:14 am

All the while saying: “don’t I make you just a little bit horney?”

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Seen written on the wall – “My Mama follows me everywhere” Scrawled just below it,- “I do not!”

unclewillie1 May 19, 2015 at 7:59 am

Oh Jesus!

Who's Zoomin' Who May 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

He’s a Seventh Day Avonist. Almost got him a pink golf cart to ride to Cracker Barrell.

Who's Zoomin' Who? May 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

It’s in The State today, idiot. And they say FITS might win this one, because of the email trail showing lack of malice, etc.

Blows your whole damned premise.

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Its Already Over May 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Can’t wait for Quinn and Bingham to perjure themselves. A nice little set up with no way out.

GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm

LMAO..you better hope that’s not your defense…

FITS is the MOST purposefully malicious political site in the state.

guest May 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

No malice and somebody lost the complaint.OH MY!!!????

GT's Drool-soaked Pillow May 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm

“Lost” it in the incinerator. LOL

Elvis Presley May 18, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Return to sender, return to sender

I gave a letter of complaint to the postman, he put it his sack
Bright in early next morning, he brought my letter back

They wrote upon it
Return to sender, address unknown
No such number, no such zone

We had a valid disagreement, a political spat
I write allegations about conflicts, but my letter keeps coming back

So then I went to the post office, got a document of receipt.
But then the next day, my complaint still came right back

They wrote upon it
Return to sender, address unknown
No such person, no such so

This time I’m gonna take it myself and put it right in his hand
And if it comes back the very next day then I’ll understand

The writing on it
Return to sender, address unknown
No such number, no such zone

Return to sender, return to sender
Return to sender, return to sender

ThumbSucker Tango May 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Chit happens. And did I leave out “intentionally lost”? Consultants do this, too.

GT's Drool-soaked Pillow May 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Most of the dirty hit squads in SC are Republicans. Most of the bottom-feeding “consultants” are Republicans as well. You know this. You just distort the truth on purpose. You are no better than them. If you had half a brain that wasn’t insane, you might actually BE one of them. You’d have to do something for your clients other than post on this blog 24/7, though. Think you could manage that?

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ThumbSucker Tango May 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Drool soaked pillow? Too funny!!

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Always run away from who you are…am I right?

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fc May 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

Hey GT did you see where Obama just turned Ramadi over to the terrorists and ISIS? He can’t give his Muslim extremists spiritual soul mates real estate fast enough, in my opinion.

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sparklecity May 18, 2015 at 10:10 am

Fine………………………………..
Send in the 82nd Airborne (my old division) and a Marine Expeditionary force.
Keep them there, and keep their offspring back home there (when they get old enough to enlist – maybe even the grandchildren) to prop up the hoplessly corrupt Iraqi ‘government” and keep it from collapsing – because that is the only way to keep Iraq from falling like a house of cards in a gale.
You don’t have a fucking clue about what’s going on over there except to complain,complain,complain and blame everything on “Obammer” (who I DID NOT vote for).
That’s the easiest way out and is about as effective as a fart in a hailstorm.

GrandTango May 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

fc…under cyber attack. Getting virus filled e-mail. Family members too. Trying to stay off this site. Something is rotten.

Timmy May 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

Lol! I’ll send Lassie…

fc May 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

ok..you know who…off myself

fc May 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

My ‘people’ have me use anti-virus VIPRE.Get it.

Post 195 May 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Are you even telling the truth? With your history, why should anyone believe you? Your non-stop rants and attacks of the this website says it all, chump.

Pete May 17, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Thats correct. The Dems are just idiots, however, the Reps are dolts: stupid, lazy and crooked as a snake.

I spent almost 20 years in politics and can tell you the “professionals” ain’t worth shooting. They are lying spineless weasels.

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unclewillie1 May 19, 2015 at 7:55 am

Ahhh wrapping yourself in the flag is a great way to rally the troops. Cheap, seazy bullshit….typical. Decency and Hope…. really? Sounds like Obama. Got anything original?

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White Cloud May 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

With 10s of Billions of dollars in the public’s money being spent every year, it attracts all sorts of characters wanting to get their hands on it. Some by legal means, some by unethical means, some by criminal means, oh the schemes and tricks one will try for a piece of the multi-billion dollar pie.

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hi May 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm

I always find it interesting what these people charge. One candidate for sheriff in Lexington paid about $10 a vote to one. And got his pants beaten bad.

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Bible Thumper May 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Will Kenny Bingham be paying for these legal expenses out of campaign funds? If he wins, who get the proceeds awarded? Does the campaign or Bingham personally get any award?

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Emily Peterforeskin May 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

GrandTango, Baby. Are you out there?? its me, Emily Peterkin. remember? i use to post links to scdigest.blogspot all over the internet for you? surely you remember this name and T. Lawrence and Terry Ward. hugs and kisses.

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ThumbSucker Tango May 17, 2015 at 8:01 pm

GrandTango is behind the Emily Peterkin name. “I have just found out that a person has stolen my name and opened an account on Facebook. This person claims she is Emily Peterkin and has a cartoon as her picture. She is not and admits as much. This person left a comment above..He or she has left political and other comments all over the internet in the past month. I’ve reported this person to FB and am working with other agencies. Please Google your name. If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone!”

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Crazy Man, Crazy May 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Tango’s the biggest fool ever encountered on a fucking forum. THAT’S saying some shit right there!

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a lonely momma in MI May 17, 2015 at 8:44 pm

can you please get off the fuckin computer and get me a can of spam?ya deadbeat son that aint worked a job in two decades and i let ya move back in and wear my fuckin clothes and ya post 24-7 on this fuckin website and i am fuckin starvin tonight and lonly…i raised a pos and stay the fuck out of my purse boy and quit stealin the canned goods out the pantry to donate for a cold beer and then walkin out and burpin on bar tabs..i may be 90 and fuckin bed ridden but by god if i am gonna let you eat my last piece of boloagna ya fat ass sob of a son…

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shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm

“my last piece of boloagna” —– now you’re breaking my heart! (that is cold, cold…)

momma hungry in MI May 17, 2015 at 8:58 pm

with dukes…if you see my son on the fly please send him home.i told him to plant grass and he filled the front yard full of rocks.lazy ass.he may be buzzed but tell him i am smokin with oxy gin tanked.dont get shifty.think u r cute

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm

— will do

momma buzzed n fartin May 17, 2015 at 9:11 pm

thanks

Togo & Tango Joined At The Ass May 18, 2015 at 8:05 am

I’m sure the GOP establishment in Columbia is proud of you guys for attacking a blind, nearly crippled 90 yr old widow woman with 6 serious medical conditions who depends on her son for her survival.

KENNY, you paying these guys for this? How long have they been on your payroll?

Damn it! May 18, 2015 at 8:09 am

Should have been pogo, not togo. But pogo, togo, nogo, pogo2, Flip Cosco, flippy, fc, Sandi Morals, Farley Dickersome, whoever. Crazed troll with no heart and a defective brain. GTs only True Fan in the world.

PS May 18, 2015 at 8:26 am

And you can bite me, Shifty Henry.

Mudda Trip Black Bro May 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Her son mustabe a lazy ass wannabe black gangsta. You know dem dere hood boyz.

shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 10:18 pm

sonny boy must think that she will be able to survive at least 24 hours with one piece of bologna — and she didn’t say “slice” of bologna either — o god, the humanity!

Oh What a TANGOed Web ... May 18, 2015 at 8:01 am

Incoherently phrased malicious garbage.

unclewillie1 May 19, 2015 at 7:46 am

Nice one dickhead.

Bible Thumper May 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Mande, Mande, Mande! Two-door, new paint job, window vents, chrome grill.. only $2,250. Take it!!!

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Timmy Tebow May 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Mande,
Better they call you up to ask, “Can I run your campaign?” than to ask, “Can I get you drunk and fuck the shit outta you while hubby watches?”

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shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 8:22 pm

“Let me run your campaign.”
Did you mean to say “Let me ruin your campaign?”

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shifty henry May 17, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Memo to Mande: 9:50 pm and I just went through all comments. Some of us remember you, dear….

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Good Read Mande. May 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm

At least the belligerent Tango finally shut up. Must have his head in a Ebony mag while doing 24 oz curls with a bottle of cheap suds.

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GrandTango May 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm

This is just boring. I have no interest in it.

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Noncents May 18, 2015 at 3:12 am

Have a friend who is a so-called “poltical consultant.” He “helps” candidates by essentially skirting campaign reporting laws. For instance, the consultant spends campaign funds on whatever and wherever he wants and all that is ever reported is a payment by the candidate to the consultant. Its a way to hide who is engaging in malicious phone bank attacks, doing dirty tricks, etc. A candidate I know ran a full -blown campaign with many signs and other expenditures and all that ever showed up was payments to his “consultant.” This loophole will never be fixed as long as political consultants have power in the legislature.

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S'Burg Guy May 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

I think I know exactly which candidate you are talking about. Not only did he “wash” the money through a low life consultant, but the consultant was paid a “finders fee” for recruiting the candidate and the candidate ran statewide in the 2014 republican primary without spending a penny of his own money!

Ethics commission is to dim to see what happened. He got away with it as easy as pie!

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Johnny May 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm

The consultant was paid $50,000 to find a candidate to run against an elected official. He found an idiot, spent a bunch of money that was never reported and laughed all the way to the bank. Even though the candidate lost and the elected official won re-election, the consultant made bank and has leverage over the people that hired him.

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Toyota Kawaski May 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

what consultant would waste their time with a looooooser like U?

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Pinto Demento May 18, 2015 at 8:32 am

She at least uses her own name, proudly, rather than spewing insults behind a fake one. Putting that aside, many consultants actually seek candidates with money who they expect to lose. Or candidates with a substantial following who can get a fairly large amount of donations, but still lose.

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Hoyden Katz May 18, 2015 at 8:24 am

MANDE, dearest. Sorry about these unrully commenters hijacking the comment thread on your column with their petty bickering and dickering. They have no breeding, class, or cultchah. <—– Please note proper usage of the Oxfam comma. Now, can we have drinks sometimes, maybe?

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