LARRY MARCHANT IS BACK!
|| By FITSNEWS || At the time he acknowledged having an extramarital affair with then-S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley, lobbyist Larry Marchant was at the top of his game. His influence at the S.C. State House was unrivaled, his was business booming and his future was … as singer Tom Petty once crooned … “wide open.”
He’d even added a political consulting wing to his firm – and seemed on the verge of building an empire to rival that of veteran South Carolina kingmaker Richard Quinn.
But the Haley allegation – details of which were pretty easy to confirm – backfired on him. Badly. Haley made him pay – exploiting a network of Palmetto political operatives eager to repay Marchant for one-upping them in the lobby.
“She took him out,” one of Marchant’s rivals in the State House lobby told FITS. “And you know what? That sumbitch had it coming.”
In fact by the time Haley was referenced as the “other woman” in Marchant’s 2013 divorce, it no longer mattered that he had been telling the truth all along. “Teflon Trikki” was cruising to reelection, while Marchant had become the definition of a cautionary tale in Palmetto politics.
Fired from his job representing BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – ostensibly due to pressure applied by Haley – Marchant’s lobbying practice imploded in the aftermath of his admission. Clients fled. His luxuriously appointed downtown Columbia, S.C. storefront closed.
All while his family life crumbled around him …
“Shortly after the primary in 2010, I learned who my true friends really were,” Marchant told FITS. “I admit I spent too much time wondering why several people had abandoned me, most of who knew about my announcement prior (to it happening).”
But Marchant wasn’t spiraling out of control – as many suspected. There were no Don Draper-esque “what does it all mean?” binges of alcohol-soaked regret and drug-addled excess.
“I knew I was done in the lobby and quite frankly I was fine with that,” Marchant continued. “While it was financially rewarding, I was tired and no longer had a good feeling about the political atmosphere at the State House. While many thought I had gone down in flames, this period actually allowed me to reassess my life and to reboot into doing something that I could once again feel passionate about.”
His new passion? The law …
Since his 2010 “flameout,” Marchant has gotten his law degree and passed the South Carolina bar exam – becoming the Palmetto State’s newest and, we would argue, most dangerous attorney.
If he was hungry the first time he built a company from the ground up (as a scrappy ex-staffer from the office of former governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.), Marchant is insatiable this go-round.
“Being sworn into the bar made me feel reborn,” he said.
Marchant tells FITS he doesn’t hold a grudge against Haley for trying to take him out. Nor did he partake of any schadenfreude when the governor and BCBSSC took it on the chin earlier this year.
He’s not trying to settle scores, he’s focused on building his new business and gaining courtroom experience – taking on cases and clients he enjoys. In fact you may be reading about one such case sooner rather than later …
Bottom line? Larry Marchant is back … with nothing to fear, nothing to lose and everything to prove.
Not to you, either … to himself.
Ha Ha! I’m sure Marchant knows where some of Bingham’s dead bodies are buried…but I hope if you retain him you get him as a package deal…because he’s still inexperienced and will need help.
True dat. Him and Strom could be a powerful team. Maybe with Bender advising.
— and the Fitsnews Peanut Gallery
He’s a lying fag with a bad hair piece.
A Twitter egg for an avatar? Pitiful.
Why do you keep changing your name. Third time in a few weeks. How do we know u r u.
Dude, nobody knows who the hell you are. Many people know who I am. People who you often agree with and “up-vote” post total lies, distortions and incredibly hateful bullshit about me, most every day. Even when I’m not posting at all. For one of them, it’s been going on for five years now, and that one has gotten the other one’s fevered brain packed full of plenty of bullshit to use against me — because I’m somehow their “enemy” for having different views from them, expressing them, and standing up to their attacks. They prattle on and on about libel of this public figure or that one, but libel me constantly — even dredging up old libelous statements from other mean-spirited trollish SOBs on long-dead forums. These miscreants even post obscene and hateful stuff about my 90-year-old mother.
In other words, sport, FUCK YOU if you don’t like me changing my name a few times on here.
You don’t even have a real goddamned name on here to change.
Whether I know your name or not, you have a well known and popular online identity. I don’t want anyone to steal that.
You’re unusually harsh today. If every body knows who you are, what is the advantage of changing your online name?
No advantage to it. No disadvantage. Same with deleting old accounts. It was just something I did. There’s nothing to defend, and nothing to justify.
You know what it is?
What it is.
Wow. Take your meds, big guy. He only asked why you changed your name. He’s not your analyst.
profane and obscene
Got that right.
He was scum before and now he’s a lawyer. Nothing has changed.
You are more of a scum then those you allege being scums.
WAY too much scum-shaming going on here.
Perhaps l’m harsh on lawyers. Marchant’s actions make him scum regardless of whether he told the truth or not. Folk’s repeats unfounded allegations as if fact. He’s scum and probably “Sunshine Today”.
Awwww …. I made you mad. I am soooooo sorry – NOT! And any attempt by you to say you are not “mad” would be simply ludicrous.
You’re forgiven. Apology accepted.
Your reactive personality is noted.
You are unusually harsh this evening.
Tango isn’t around.
But you are Tango.
I don’t see anyone vouching for your character, Mr. Thumper.
It says he “publicly admitted” to it. While that does not speak to the absolute truth of it, it carries a certain amount of weight. If I “publicly admit” in court or state in an affidavit that I did indeed steal a keg of beer that was found in the trunk of my car, the court will take my word for it. Haley might not have been the only “other woman”, but her status as governor of the state makes her the only one the public might care about. See how that works?
There was no incentive for either side to challenge it’s truthfulness. He couldn’t very well deny publicly published statements. His wife had not interest in challenging it. There was no risk. No one can sue because it is absolutely true that he CLAIMED to have an affair.
So why didn’t Haley sue him? She has almost unlimited resources, so why not use them to clear her name?
If someone falsely accused me of an affair with them you can bet I would take them to court to clear my good name.
She does not sue because you can’t prove a negative. It’s impossible to prove that something didn’t happen.
What law school admitted this douchebag?
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. ……..
John C. Maxwell
He hasn’t admitted any mistakes. You need to reread the article.
It is a brief article, not an in-depth autobiography.
Bible Thumper, hw bout showing a little Christian compassion?
If he really wanted to start a new life, would he agree to be interviewed by Fitsnews? Wouldn’t you go to someone else?
This is not a new life. This is reopening an old wound.
Based on your comments here, you seem to have a very personal beef with Marchant. Care to elaborate?
I understand that the rules for a public figure is different, but allegations that can’t be proven should never be repeated and should be ignored. These type of allegations are especially painful to women and children. In this case two families were hurt, one destroyed.
Personal? Nah! This is an anti Haley site. I’m a contrarian. That’s when I’m happiest. That’s why I call myself Bible Thumper. I’m relaxing… watching Antiques Roadshow. Boring….
Rules were plural, so they are different.
Hush! Fits will cut my pay.
You’re a piece of sheet.
Thia sorry. Yes siam.
Cue Haley’s idiot base.
Larry is smart, hard working, and likes people. He will do fine regardless what a few anonymous dickheads on here say.
Good Luck Larry.
Hey, some of us are in his corner.
Yep, you’re right! He is smart, hard working and likes people. In fact, he likes them so much that he physically assaults them, particularly if he happens to date them. And he WILL do fine, because political sleaze-bagging, trashing, creating bullshit and promoting it as fact are exactly what he is suited for. He really ought to be ashamed of the way he makes a so called “living!” Creating political conflict, undercutting progress within our local government and playin the game of revenge, muckraking and self promotion are just what he does with remarkable skill. What do you want to be when you grow up Billy? “I want to be a political hack that aborts the political process and turns what should be a place of honesty and Statesman into the Jerry Springer Show!” Hell blow this off as “just how it’s done in the State House.” Would it not be just great if someone, maybe even Larry, actually promoted the ideals of honesty and advocating for the politicians who are genuinely doing good work for the peopl of the State of South Carolina? Fat chance when there is money to be made slinging hash.
Yep, you’re right! He is smart, hard working and likes people. In fact, he just LOVES people, especially opponents, particularly when he has the opportunity to cut them from ear to ear. And he WILL do fine, because political sleaze-bagging, trashing opponents, creating BS and promoting it as fact are exactly what he is suited for. He and damn near everyone in that “line of work” really ought to step back and reevaluate just how it is that they make a so called “living!” But the fact is, and it is genuinely disheartening to feel this way, I am afraid that for the vast majority of their profession, they have absolutely no conscience. And the sad fact is, within the theatre of politics, political consulting and the like, these PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS, perhaps more than anyone in our society, SHOULD possess or strive to have a conscience that is on par with the individuals that they work so hard to get elected. Although they don’t actually take the Oath themselves, by the time their clients take their seats within the House, Senate or even the Oval Office, they have played such an intrinsic role in creating a palatable and electable candidate that their finger prints are all over their clients. You would think that they would actually spend some real time figuring out if the guy or gal that they represent, who’s kissing all of the babies and eating all of the BBQ, is actually trustworthy enough to run for office in the first place. I have to admit though, creating political conflict, undercutting progress within our local government and playin’ the game of revenge, muckraking and self promotion……he has developed an unparalleled skill set over the years “in politics.” But so did Ted Bundy. No, Larry never used a knife to dispatch his “victims” or in his vernacular, “political adversaries.” But he cut with the same surgical skill and apparently he’s going to keep slicing with the same utter lack of a conscience that Jack did. What do you want to be when you grow up Billy? “I want to be a political hack that aborts the political process and turns what should be a place of honesty and Statesmen into the Jerry Springer Show!” He and his colleagues in the misinformation/political shell game “business” will blow this off and say that this is “just how it’s done in the State House.” Wouldn’t it be just great if someone, maybe even Larry, actually stopped for a moment, forgot about that me Sea Ray that he’s been keeping his eye on and promoted the ideals of honesty? Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a “Political Consulting Firm” actually use that inner voice that they’ve been suppressing for decades since he was the President of the Young Republicans of Lexington County way back in high school and advocate for the politicians who are genuinely doing good work for the great people of the State of South Carolina? Fat chance, when there is money to be made slinging hash, I’m afraid that Ole’ Larry will keep that leather strap handy, that knife sharp and clean and do what he thinks is necessary to keep Whitechapel London and Main Street Columbia clean as a whistle.
About 10 years ago Larry screwed me over once. Last year he called, apologized, and asked for nothing.
That says a lot.
That is a good sign.
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Marchant tells FITS he doesn’t hold a grudge against Haley for trying to take him out.
Doesn’t hold a grudge! Boy! Isn’t that big of him. Haley hasn’t even begged Marchant for forgiveness and he doesn’t hold a grudge. Whow!
Who was trying to take who out?
Larry has always been smart. Now he has done the best thing possible. He grew up.
“He’s not trying to settle scores”
Not yet, but somewhere in his head there is a low ticking sound and at some point it will begin to become louder – at that point the mother fucking cockroaches better head for the sewers
I worked with Larry in Solicitor Donnie Myers’s office and found him to have a fine mind and easy to work with. I can’t say that for all the folks I have worked with up there.
Larry Marchant is indeed a smart man – revenge is best served cold – when Nikki Haley least expects it
Jean Toal considers herself the most dangerous man in South Carolina. She is proud of that label. Laughs about it. It wont be long before this guy and Toal are in a fight. Write it down.
Woman has wizard sleeves for ears. Making Ruth Ginsburg look foxy.
Toal is going to settle some old perceived slights before she is dragged out of the old Post Office, cussing, drinking and promising future chaos. There is not an honest bone in her body. Word around the state house is that others in state government do not even want to hire her left over staff for fear of the taint she carries. She is doing her best to get them jobs. She and Leatherman are tight as ticks right now. Be careful out there.
Larry was really busy posting all these emails about how great he is.
Glad he passed the Bar…finally. No one is really sure how he passed the ethics eval by the SCBAR, however.
I typed five paragraphs then decided to erase it, but I think Google and the NSA got it anyway. I’ve read that Microsoft even knows what you write when you don’t push SEND.
Who in the world would turn over emails printed up and stacked in 12 banker’s cardboard boxes and not on a CD or memory stick?
State Department won’t release Hillary Clinton’s emails until January 2016
Hackett said 12 State staffers have been assigned full-time to reviewing the Clinton emails and that it took until sometime this month to scan in the records, which were provided on paper by Clinton in 12 “banker’s boxes” in December. He said the scanning process took five weeks and was “complicated” by some of the printouts of Clinton emails being double-sided.
Hackett also disclosed that personnel from the National Archives have been helping State determine which of the emails Clinton delivered to her former agency are official and which are actually personal. State officials have said at least some of the emails she provided are clearly personal.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/state-department-wont-release-hillary-clintons-emails-until-january-2016-118078.html#ixzz3aYobBRom
She doesn’t want it to be searchable. She wanted the process to be difficult. I wonder if they scanned them in and used OCR or will the just release non-searchable image files. Post no bills, elect no Clintions.
Two Clintons in the White House was enough. Electing the same two again would be a fucking disaster.
Now watch GT pop back up and take that as me being a Clinton lover. LMAO LMAO LMAO
Brad Dean of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce pulled a similar stunt on investigative reporter David Wren, in response to a FOIA request a few years ago. Cockroaches gotta be cockroaches, regardless of their level or status.
///[July 03, 2011]
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce answers records request [The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.]
(Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) July 03–The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has given The Sun News access to more than 50 boxes of documents in response to a state Freedom of Information Act request filed in February seeking specifics on how the chamber has spent the proceeds from nearly $25.9 million in public tax funds.
The chamber files quarterly “accountability reports” on its website, but those reports do not specify which payments are made from private funds and which expenditures are from public money, including funds from a 1 percent sales tax increase approved in 2009 by the Myrtle Beach City Council.
It is so far unclear how many of the hundreds of thousands of pages the chamber has provided are relevant to the specific records requested by The Sun News, which asked to review the documents to provide residents with a clearer understanding of how vendors are billing the chamber and specifically what the public money is buying.
It is also unclear why the chamber made paper copies of the documents, which are digital and could have been reviewed via computer or portable hard drive. The newspaper’s FOIA letter asked to review invoices, billing statements, requests for bids and proposals, canceled checks and correspondence with vendors that received public money in 2010.
A written response from chamber lawyer David Slough on Feb. 25 noted that although the chamber is not legally considered a public body under S.C. law, it would provide “certain information relating to the various requests.” letter said the chamber would make the documents available for review and copying, if necessary, in March and proposed charging as much as $2.95 to copy one document.
Slough’s letter also noted that the requests are “extremely voluminous and will take extensive time from chamber staff, temporary labor services and outside parties to retrieve and organize the information you have requested and have it arranged for your review and possible copying.” When Slough gave The Sun News access to the material on June 24, he said the documents were randomly placed in the boxes, which were stored in no apparent order by either date, category or topic.
Three hours of review in the chamber’s un-air-conditioned warehouse, undertaken as a forklift operator moved boxes within a few feet of the documents and three different songs played continuously on separate speakers, produced no information relevant to the request.
Chamber President Brad Dean has not responded to a request for comment.
Greg McCollum, a Myrtle Beach lawyer and a member of the chamber’s board of directors, said The Sun News and the public has a right to see documents related to how public money is being spent.
“I would think that if you’re asking to see documents, it’s a reasonable request,” McCollum said. “It shouldn’t be adversarial. It shouldn’t be a document dump to try and make you wade through it.” Included among the documents found during the three-hour review were blank pieces of paper; emails in which Horry County officials are being offered free tickets to the chamber’s annual customer service awards banquet; county news releases about a public hearing on fireworks and the selection of a county veterinarian; an internal email about the chamber’s South Strand office having telephone voice mail problems; and pages with partial addresses of purported individuals.
“Achy Breaky Heart,” the Chipmunk’s Christmas song and another unidentified song were broadcast repeatedly at high volume on the loudspeakers as at least two chamber employees also worked in the warehouse. One employee was operating the forklift while the other videotaped The Sun News’ review of documents.
It is unclear whether the music regularly plays in the warehouse area.
The Sun News sent questions to Dean and Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea about the storage of the documents, the irrelevant documents that were provided and the conditions in the warehouse. In response, Cherie Blackburn, a lawyer representing the chamber, sent The Sun News a cease-and-desist letter on Thursday, threatening legal action over what she termed an “unlawful campaign against the chamber.” The chamber has canceled two other scheduled reviews within the past two weeks.
Jay Bender, a lawyer representing The Sun News and an expert in the state’s Freedom of Information Act, told Blackburn in a letter Thursday that her accusations of a “smear campaign” are false.
“The manner in which the chamber responded to the FOIA request suggests a deliberate attempt to impede the newspaper’s examination of how public money transferred to the chamber is expended,” Bender said in the letter to Blackburn. “I would hope that you could explain to your client that its actions would cause reasonable citizens to wonder if public money is being misspent.” Kruea said some of the seemingly irrelevant documents — such as the county news releases — might have been included because the chamber works closely with area governments and might consider Horry County to be one of its vendors.
Horry County is not on the chamber’s list of vendors for 2010.
Although the documents are in random order, Kruea said the boxes of paperwork represent “advanced” recordkeeping on the chamber’s part.
“The chamber’s recordkeeping appears advanced enough that it could locate, produce and copy what appear to be hundreds of thousands of pages of records in response to The Sun News’ request,” Kruea said.
The response The chamber has been collecting documents since at least March, according to an email Dean sent to Kruea and others.
“We have tried to be accommodating to their requests and are currently evaluating a FOIA request from [The Sun News] that we estimate will be in the neighborhood of 40,000-plus pages of documents,” Dean said in the March 3 email to Kruea.
“All because a couple of malcontents who are still angry about the city’s efforts related to the month of May,” Dean said in the email.
Myrtle Beach in recent years passed a series of laws designed to discourage a pair of motorcycle rallies that typically were held along the Grand Strand during May.
The Sun News obtained that email as part of a separate Freedom of Information Act request for copies of all email correspondence by Myrtle Beach City Council members and City Manager Tom Leath.
Bender said the chamber “appears to be playing a game that calls into question whether the chamber is a good steward of public funds.” “If somebody is spending public money carefully and conscientiously, they should have no hesitation demonstrating how they are spending that money,” he said.
The aftermath Dean said in the chamber’s July newsletter that the organization copied 621,775 pages of documents in response to a Freedom of Information request. The chamber spent $50,757 of private money copying the documents, according to the article.
Dean also said the chamber spent nearly 3,000 hours copying the documents. That is the equivalent of one person working 40 hours per week for nearly 11/2 years without a vacation.
Dean did not mention The Sun News by name in the newsletter article, referring instead to “a local media organization.” Slough told Pamela J. Browning, president and publisher of The Sun News, that the newspaper could review original documents and no copies would be made unless The Sun News requested them, she said.
He initially told Browning that the documents would total about 30,000 pages and Dean told city officials in March that they would total about 40,000 pages. It is not clear how the number of documents grew by more than 20-fold over the succeeding months.
Dean said in the newsletter article that much of the information requested already is included on the chamber’s website, where it files quarterly accountability reports that are supposed to show how public money is being spent. Those reports include each vendor’s name, the dollar amount paid to that vendor and a general description of the type of marketing purchased — for example, “magazine advertising” or “television advertising.” “Anyone can put anything online,” Bender said. “There are sheriff’s deputies pretending to be 13-year-old girls online [to catch child predators]. You want to see the chamber’s backup documentation. Would something the city puts online be adequate documentation for an auditor coming in to audit the city’s finances?” Dean, in the newsletter article, apologized to the chamber’s membership for what he called an unjustified “cost of time, supplies and effort that we have wasted” responding to The Sun News’ request.
“We could have simply rejected the request,” Dean said in the article. “But if we had said, ‘No,’ can you imagine the negative publicity that would have resulted? Immediately, the requestor could blame us for withholding information and conspiracy theorists would spring into action.” Dean, in the newsletter article, asked whether a media outlet — such as The Sun News — would have been as accommodating as the chamber in providing information.
“What’s fair for one should be fair for all, no?” Dean said in the newsletter. “Would they provide anything at all? Would they share documentation and recordkeeping?” Browning said Dean’s comments are disingenuous and the chamber’s finances deserve more scrutiny than other private businesses because it is receiving millions of dollars in public money each year.
“Unlike the chamber, The Sun News does not receive public money such as the revenue from a local-option sales tax,” Browning said.
— DAVID WREN
Wren now gives gardening tips in the Post, doesn’t he? Was that a promotion after he got TSN sued for $650,000?
Actually, he reports on business. Often the businesses your Queen takes responsibility for bringing in with our money. But he does it without judging that, because he’s a professional.
According to public tweets from the publisher of TSN, the door remains open for him to return.
Nothing about any of this is really the way you present it.
btw, what has happened to your master?
Nice ‘binge’ last night you crazy fuckin psycho!!! LMAO. I was impressed!!!
Do your Charles Manson impression for us. We know you can do Norman Bates.
Manson…”why blame me…I didn’t write the music”???
Hey Fits you left off the disclaimer.
This article paid for by Larry Marchant. Well Larry doesn’t pay anybody so….I hope he knows he can suspended or disbarred for not paying his bills
Larry went to that law school in Charlotte. The one that takes like 1500 students a year. He promptly failed the bar exam but that is part for the course for that law school.
Larry is also crazy. Eventually he will get disbarred for that if not for some other reason. Hope he has followed the trials and tribulations of Todd
Tango is not doing well I hear. Was he contacted by a process server? HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!
I would like to publicly admit that I too had an affair with Governor Nikki Haley too! Yep.
He reminds me a lot of B. Boykin Rose and may have had the same propensity for screwing people,I do not know. But this scenario should now be over so Will you and he need to let dead dogs lie. Vengeance is a terrible thing and so is hatred.I know what it is like to be screwed over and it gets better as time goes on but I suspect it never goes away.
Just what the world needed. Another douche bag lawyer
What do you call 100 lawyers at the bottom of the Ocean.
A good start.
I am am willing to bet that Larry will carry on for John Rainey. Yes, indeed.
Without the big ass money to back him up.
I know most of his family. They say he’s a complete nut. Sure, he’s back. Back to give them more embarrassment. Congrats Marchants.
I know most of your family, too. They say you like to sniff womens bicycle seats.
Yeah, so? We agreed that I would leave the guys bicycle seats for you to sniff.
Political empire? Marchant was a terrible political consultant.
Can’t wait to see what the Second Act looks like!
The House on Arsenal Hill? Make that the WhoreHouse on Arsenal Hill.