ANOTHER POLITICAL SCANDAL HITS THE REDNECK RIVIERA
There’s an election in Horry County, S.C. this coming week … (insert your joke here).
It’s a runoff election for an open seat on county council, and our interest level in who wins or loses is nonexistent. Less than nonexistent, actually. The “Redneck Riviera” has become a blight on the Palmetto State,
Well … until a local paper alleged that one of the candidates attempted to bribe the other to drop out of the race.
According to the Grand Strand Daily, county council candidate Bob Kelly and his consultant Jim Wiles “offered opponent Bubba Owens a bribe to quit the runoff election.”
Hold up … there’s a candidate named “Bubba?” And he’s not the one offering the (alleged) bribe?
Too funny …
Specifically, Wiles is accused of leaving a voicemail for his rival campaign manager telling him to “put together a shopping list of stuff that they would want for downtown Myrtle Beach for Bob Kelly to commit to in exchange for Bubba dropping out.”
Wiles called the story a “hit job” and said that the editor of the paper has a business relationship with Owens’ campaign consultant, Donald Smith (who runs a company called Lucky Dog productions). Smith and the editor of Grand Strand Daily, Paul Gable, host an internet talk show together.
Anyway, Wiles denied any impropriety and said his candidate was “confident of victory.”
As we’ve said repeatedly, we lost all faith in elected officials in this neck of the woods in the aftermath of the “Coastal Kickback” scam – perhaps the most brazen pay-to-play scandal in South Carolina history. We just assume anyone who runs for public office there is as dirty as the water.
And as criminal as the people they seek to lead …