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Charleston Airport Lawsuits Reveal Dysfunction, Possible Corruption

S.C. SENATOR PAUL CAMPBELL AT THE HEART OF THE SCANDAL … Three lawsuits involving the Charleston International Airport are raising fresh questions about the management of this facility under its current leader – sitting S.C. Senator Paul Campbell, a liberal Lowcountry “Republican.” This website opposed Campbell’s appointment to this $225,000-a-year…

S.C. SENATOR PAUL CAMPBELL AT THE HEART OF THE SCANDAL …

Three lawsuits involving the Charleston International Airport are raising fresh questions about the management of this facility under its current leader – sitting S.C. Senator Paul Campbell, a liberal Lowcountry “Republican.”

This website opposed Campbell’s appointment to this $225,000-a-year post – and we have since written regarding some naked conflicts of interest involving his legislative advocacy on behalf of the government-subsidized entity that pays his lofty salary.

Now, a trio of lawsuits is drawing additional scrutiny on the airport – and its ethically challenged leader.

Filed in Charleston County court, these three suits – filed on behalf of four different plaintiffs – allege a host of abuses.  According to a source familiar with the cases, they “give a peek into the dysfunction (Campbell) has created … while collecting $225,000 and benefits to work part-time while serving in the (S.C.) Senate.”

All three suits name the Charleston County Airport District as the defendant.  To view them for yourself, click on the following .pdf files (here, here and here).

In one suit – alleging defamation and failure to pay wages owed – Campbell is accused of screaming at a former airport employee and falsely accusing her of mishandling an employee issue.  One of his subordinates is also accused of screaming at the employee, Rebekah Beamon, for allegedly “taking sides” in an argument with involving former S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford.

The suit also accuses the airport’s attorney of lying to members of the media about Beamon – who was reportedly to be fired so that airport officials could divvy up her salary.

A second lawsuit – filed by Robert Bryant, a retired U.S. Navy engineer – also alleges defamation on the part of airport personnel, including Campbell.

Bryant filed for divorce from his wife – an airport employee – on the grounds of adultery last summer.  He gave a deposition last October involving “concerns he had about what was occurring at the Airport.”

This deposition – purportedly quite seismic – began to generate quite a bit of discussion among airport personnel, which prompted a mandatory meeting of these staffers called by Campbell.  At this meeting, Campbell is alleged to have threatened them – telling them not to discuss the Bryant deposition.

Campbell is also alleged to have told the employees the Bryant deposition was “patently false” – which is what prompted the latter’s lawsuit.

A third case – filed by airport employees Karina Labossiere and Darla Seidel – is perhaps the most serious of the three cases.  It delves into the financial operation of the airport – and is full of allegations of questionable personnel payments, violations of procurement policy and other abuses.

Specifically, the suit alleges that in May 2015, “Senator Campbell, or someone using his (airport) Visa card … booked three (3) airline tickets to Hawaii” at a cost of nearly $1,800 apiece.

This trip was later cancelled when it was brought to the attention of the airport’s board of directors.

Both Labossiere and Seidel allege that they have been subjected to mistreatment by airport officials for simply doing their jobs – including being reprimanded for calling out these questionable expenses.

Taken together, the three suits reveal a bureaucracy in turmoil.

Making matters even worse for Campbell?  Sources familiar with the cases tell us Campbell’s S.C. Senate campaign organization has received campaign contributions from entities linked to the various inter-office drama.

Obviously, that would escalate this situation significantly.

Stay tuned for much more on this story as we dig deeper into the lawsuits and attempt to glean additional information from our network of sources.

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37 comments

Sic Semper Tyrannis January 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm

How can a Campbell be in SC state government? Forgot, corruption.

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fl ? p ?? January 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

On my crack pipe tonight and the King Cobra 4o’s tastin smooth.Would love to fuck a veteran.You married? I would pay for the abortion.

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Erin January 29, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Campbell needs to be held to account for any wrong doing, but I am tired of hearing government employees bitch about being talked to in a stern manner.

The working word is the adult world so stop bitching and wearing your feelings on a sleeve and grow up. If you want to be loved go see momma.

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CNSYD January 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Sound and fury signifying nothing. This is merely a typical ambulance chaser lawyer’s attempt to extort money from a government agency. The three suits are juvenile. Poor employees. They were yelled at. They wouldn’t have lasted a day working in ADM Rickover’s nuclear Navy.

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Gravy Yard Losers January 29, 2016 at 6:51 pm

You stupid fucked up butt plug. Don’t you even stay current with new regulation and law???? HAHAHAHAAHAHAAAAAA @ YOU.

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CNSYD January 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm

And the “regulation” that forbids yelling is?

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Mike at the Beach January 29, 2016 at 11:51 pm

I think he’s probably going with the “hostile work environment” thing, but that can actually be a pretty complicated soup of allegations from which to prove some discrimination involving race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or reprisal. Just yelling, though? Fortunately, being an asshole is still legal… ;-)

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Nice Bully January 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

Isn’t there new regs concerning “bullying” within the work environment? Yeppers ;-)

Henry January 30, 2016 at 8:30 am

Yes, the effort behind the new regs is to allow the lazy, disinterested, “won’t work unless you beat me” crowd to remain calm as other people are forced to do their work. As time passes, tempers flare, as might be expected.

But the boss can’t be stern. Can be animated. Can elevate voice more than 1 decibel or the little asshat, lazy, slow “ought to have been fired a long time ago’ will get their little feelings hurt.

Fuck them. I am tired of doing their work. Fire them now and quit coddling them!

fl ? p ?? January 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm

If it wasn’t I would be doing 25 to life! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!

fl ? p ?? January 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

My nickname is butt plug.

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Adam January 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Agreed, CNSYD. The most troubling thing about these suits is the attorney who filed them.

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Felons In Government January 29, 2016 at 6:50 pm

Criminal matter – felony in SC to retaliate against anyone for making complaint.

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erneba January 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm

“..conflicts of interest involving his legislative advocacy on behalf of the government-subsidized entity that pays his lofty salary.”
I believe in the citizen/legislator concept for most people involved in politics, but with caveats at this level(state senator) and especially being employed by a government-subsidized entity. Just opens the door for corruption. There may be honest people in elected positions, but this person appears to be using his political power and influence for nefarious purposes.
Want to run for the state legislature and maintain some sort of employment, get a job in the private sector

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flip January 30, 2016 at 7:33 am

Thought you might find this interesting.

But in an interview, the union’s president, Mary Kay Henry, expressed concern that Mr. Trump holds appeal even for some of her members. “There is deep economic anxiety among our members and the people we’re trying to organize that I believe Donald Trump’s message is tapping into,” Ms. Henry said.

In expressing her concern, Ms. Henry reflected a different form of anxiety that is weighing on some union leaders and Democratic operatives: their fear that Mr. Trump, if not effectively countered, may draw an unusually large number of union voters in a possible general election matchup. This could, in turn, give Republicans a boost in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, all of which Mr. Obama won twice.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/unions-lean-democratic-but-donald-trump-gets-members%E2%80%99-attention/ar-BBoSCIS?li=BBnb7Kz

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erneba January 30, 2016 at 11:06 am

He will will draw some union voters, and it will be hard for the Democrats to counter. Trump has been a Democrat in the past. He is viewed as a social and cultural liberal, therefore making it difficult to run heir traditional campaign of “right wing extremist” against him. It will not stick. Once the Democrats find that can’t employ that strategy, there is not much left in their bag of Ideas. Personal attacks and name-calling won’t work against Trump.

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sparklecity January 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm

But “bitch slapping” his face would………..What you wanna bet he wouldn’t hit back?????
10 to 1 his cowardly ass would shrink back in horror and fear…….then his “Gestopo” would step in and save him from utter embarrassment.

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erneba January 31, 2016 at 12:08 am

Politics evolving into a “three stooges skit” would not accomplish much. If you feel strongly about your politics views, just vote for someone else. I have found out the hard way in my life, that there is usually a better alternative to an emotionally driven physical outburst.

jimlewisowb January 29, 2016 at 7:36 pm

All plaintiffs represented by Attorney Nancy Bloodgood

Rather appropriate name for an Attorney given the fact Bloodgood is suing a bunch of goddamn mother fucking Cockroaches who ain’t got no damn blood, no damn soul, no damn morals, no damn conscience and no bottom to the barrel as to how far they will go to protect themselves given the fact that they will use taxpayer’s money for their defense, not theirs

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CNSYD January 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Andy Savage does not need “taxpayer” money or any assistance to defend himself. He does quite well without it.

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jimlewisowb January 29, 2016 at 9:30 pm

“The Man Who Represents Himself Has a Fool For a Client” – anonymous

Savage ain’t no fool and he will suck on Mother Carolina’s Tit right along with the rest of the Cockroaches

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In God We Trust January 30, 2016 at 7:38 am

Career politicians milking the tax payer cash cow.

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Blake January 30, 2016 at 8:33 am

The laziest and most incompetent government employees are the ones that always claim “hostile workplace.”

I say slap the incompetent bastards back to the food stamp line because that is where the fat lazy crybabies belong! Leave the work place to people that WANT to work and don’t wear their baby feelings on their sleeves.

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Elfego January 30, 2016 at 6:43 pm

The hostility in the government workforce is directed at those that can’t be held to cover up fraud.waste and other crooked actions. You see how the cronies like the IRS crook are handled? That is a every day ocurrance in all of government. No wonder we have such waste and fraud in government with no one held to account for it.

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scarolina1 January 30, 2016 at 8:54 am

The embedded Fraud, Corruption, and Deceit continues without infringement in our Fraud of a government on all levels for the uninformed !

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scarolina1 January 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

If this article is accurate, then i believe a RICO criminal action is seriously lacking here also ! This should have been the first course of action after this information was uncovered????????

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Lisa Martinez January 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

Sad, truly sad

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Lisa Martinez January 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

Oh poor Mr. Bryant.. Divorced his wife for adultery, B.S., he was the one who committed adultery plenty of times, but was never caught. It’s hard to get caught when you’re committing yours in another state like PA. Grow up, people divorce every day. A retired Navy Engineer.. Now that’s a laugh. I hardly call building a stage for Gloria Esteban to perform for the Cubans as being an engineer.. He puts on a good show, but it’s all a Facade. He’s no longer in control and it drives him crazy, so he’s jumping on the lawsuit bandwagon. Sad he wants to choose money over his relationship with his family, but having dysfunction is what he does best. He had to file lawsuit so he can keep up with the Jones’s and afford that house in the plush neighborhood. Apparently some forget where they came from… Your narcassism is Sickening..

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Uh huh January 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

This post if pretty vitriolic.

Yes divorce happens every day, but what doesn’t happen every day is when the cheating spouse’s lover is the boss and tells everyone that’s not only is he not cheating and to STFU, but then goes on to tell everyone that the hubby of the wife he’s boinking is a liar.

That’s some pretty nasty shit.

I’ve a feeling those two who made the mistake of calling such a meeting are going to get monkey hammered in the courts. (assuming they don’t know a judge related to the case or something)

What a monumentally stupid move on their part.

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Lisa Martinez February 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm

xs

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seebee4justice January 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

Sensational headline! Unfortunately, the source of the “news” is unreliable and anyone (with half a brain I mind you) who does a reasonable sniff test on the legal documents will realize the plaintiffs are all out for a “quick” buck. They all lack ethics and morals of a decent human being, but then again, who am I to question these free loaders of society. They probably all support the current administration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Interesting the cases are filed by the same attorney. Perhaps collusion amongst the plaintiffs? Perhaps a side agreement with the plaintiffs that they will share their “pot of gold.”

Why would the plaintiff, ROBERT BRYANT “air” his personal matter into this article/lawsuit(s)? Interesting to note, in the State of SC one is granted a divorce within 90 days on the charges of adultery. Filed for adultery last summer, but the divorce is not final? WHAT? A quick search on divorce cases filed in the county and one will find the SIGNED (by a Judge) separation papers, which contain NO REFERENCE to adultery. Poor soulless man must wait 365 days, not 90 days for a divorce. Interesting! Lies breed future lies, so anything and everything from the mouth of this horses ass are lies.

Get a life, grow up, grow some balls and move on.

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seebee4justice January 31, 2016 at 8:09 am

xs

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nitrat January 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Three lawsuits with different plaintiffs and different complaints…who knows maybe there’s smoke where there’s fire.

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Elfego January 30, 2016 at 6:39 pm

These family Dynasties need to be driven out of government!

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euwe max January 31, 2016 at 9:47 am

all this trouble will go away with the right politician in charge – God said so.

Trump is the new Jesus.

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DJ Fan February 1, 2016 at 9:04 am

I am sure Donald will be thankful for your kind words.

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Philip Branton January 31, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Hmm…..what is going on here is exactly the same thing Mrs Clinton has done at the State Department by using her own private email server so the State Department email server administrator could not track her email. Looks like Andy Savage and Paul Campbell and Tammy Alexander are doing the same thing with a airport “slush”. Just think of the communication it took to get 900+ Million to BOEING without a public aware vote..? Ha, that 900+ Million lollipop was spread out so that a portion of the funds could be used to get the same politicians re-elected statewide via campaign donations..! Taxpayers are on the hook to pay for Mayor Summey to get re-elected. Yard signs ain’t cheap….and who wants them..?

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