Alan Wilson Scandal: Deafening Silence From “Reformers”

NOT A WORD FROM PALMETTO “ETHICS QUEEN” ON SC ATTORNEY GENERAL’S SHAMELESS ABUSE OF THE PUBLIC TRUST When a small band of fiscally conservative S.C. Senators led by Tom Davis defeated a proposed $800 million-a-year tax hike earlier this month, they received no love from the S.C. Policy Council, the Palmetto State’s…


When a small band of fiscally conservative S.C. Senators led by Tom Davis defeated a proposed $800 million-a-year tax hike earlier this month, they received no love from the S.C. Policy Council, the Palmetto State’s so-called “free market think tank.”

In fact they got a snippy column from the organization’s president Ashley Landess telling them they should have done more to achieve structural reform during the debate.

On the reform count, Landess is correct: She supports the proper structural reform blueprint for the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT).  However it was shocking to read her attack on the fiscal conservatives in the Senate on the same day they killed an $800 million-a-year tax hike.

Far more deafening than Landess’ shrill irritation during the gas tax debate, though?  Her total silence in the aftermath of arguably the most shameless display of public corruption we’ve seen since we first launched this website nearly a decade ago.

We’re referring, of course, to S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson‘s increasingly aggressive efforts to put the kibosh on a joint-federal state investigation into public corruption at the S.C. State House – after he recused himself from the probe citing undisclosed conflicts of interest.

How bad are Wilson’s transgressions against the public trust in this case?  So bad we’ve already called on him to resign his office.

Landess?  She hasn’t uttered a peep …

Not only that, her think tank’s news outlet – The Nerve – hasn’t written a word about the scandal.

That’s curious … especially when you consider how vocal Landess, the Policy Council and The Nerve were in praising Wilson two years ago when he was pursuing a public corruption case against former S.C. Speaker Bobby Harrell (one of Landess’ political arch-enemies).

What gives this go-round?

Well, it’s no secret in Palmetto political circles that Landess is exceedingly close to S.C. Rep. Rick Quinn – the crown prince of the neo-Confederate empire of veteran Palmetto political consultant Richard Quinn.

Wilson – a client of the Quinns’ firm – is widely-believed to be blocking the State House probe because he’s worried several of the firm’s top legislators are about to be indicted on public corruption charges.  Such obstruction of justice would obviously be far more damning than anything Harrell ever did … yet Landess and her news outlet aren’t offering a single word in protest.  Or asking tough questions about Wilson’s as-yet-undisclosed conflicts.  Or demanding an investigation into his actions.

Hell, they’re not offering a single word … period.

Sources close to Landess tell us she doesn’t want her reporters “chasing breaking news.”  She believes The Nerve exists to do longer-form investigative pieces, we’re told.

Maybe that’s true … but this scandal is simply too egregious to ignore, especially given the lengths to which Landess has gone to brand herself as the queen of ethics reform in the Palmetto State.

Seriously: If Landess and her crew expect to have any credibility on ethics issues moving forward, they cannot afford to remain silent on this matter.  They have to stand up to Wilson and his corrupt political overlords.

They have to call Wilson out for what he is: A thug.  In fact Wilson is the worst kind of thug because he’s now actively enabling the very sort of public corruption he previously vowed to root out.

This website used to praise Wilson, too: And it gives us no pleasure to watch him morph from a crusader against public corruption into public enemy No. 1.

But that’s precisely what’s happened here … and anyone not calling it out for what it is cannot be taken seriously when they call for “ethics reform.”


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Buddy Miles March 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Tell us who the “firm’s top legislators” are. Maybe your readers can help share their insight into the “connections”.

Did it to yourself March 28, 2016 at 10:34 pm

After FitsNews posts article after article about TRav’s comings and goings, pictures of male lawmakers in their swimwear and things like attempting to spread affair rumors about Rubio, why should we care what this tabloid prints?

Native Ink March 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

Just saw that Jimmy Merrill is a target of Pascoe’s investigation. That sounds right. Merrill never misses a chance to belly up to the trough. He and Bobby Harrell are cut from the same cloth. Here in the Lowcountry, I’m thinking Limehouse will also be going down.

truthbetole March 28, 2016 at 11:36 pm

I agree with Willie on this. Landess’ silence proves that her actions against Bobby were not in the interest of “we the people” she pretends to advocate for. It was personal. There is NO WAY IN HELL she can watch this blatantly obvious corruption unfold and refuse to take a stand. If she does not speak up to fight AG like she fought Bobby, I will personally see to it that she is exposed for the real bitch she is–she’s no better than Bobby and the SC Policy Council can go straight to hell.
Let’s not forget about tricky-nikki. She has no future in SC and by the looks of things Alan is trying to sabotage his future as well. The Quinndom’s ship is sinking fast and I’m helping the feds nail every bastard I can for what they did to Bobby.

Town Crier March 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The Landess family is VERY close to the Quinns. Her late father and the elder Mr Quinn go waaaaay back.

truthbetole March 29, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Well then she should sit her ass down and not pretend to care about taxpayers. As it stands, she only gives a shit as long as the crook didn’t have a relationship with her papa. What kind of shit is that? She’s portraying the very thing she pretends to fight for. This is bullshit and I’m glad Sic Willie called her out on it. She fought like HELL to take Bobby down and now we can’t get a peep out of her? Same “crime”–different name so she looks the other way? She’s lost all credibility with me and from this day forward, she’ll work like a dog for every thing she gets. Bobby didn’t deserve that.

Denozitall March 31, 2016 at 4:30 am

He did and more.

Bible Thumper March 29, 2016 at 5:45 am

Landess isn’t the only one staying silent: What about Will Folks?

Donald Trump is supposed to be anti-establishment. He is supposed to hire the best people, the smartest people. Believe him he says and Trump will solve our problems because as he has been saying for 30 years, we have had stupid people making bad deals with incredibly smart people in Mexico, Japan and China. If Trump is going to hire only the best, then how come he hired this guy? A guy Fits had repeatedly called a RINO… Read below.

Last fall, The State newspaper identified state Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Berkeley, as one of the lawmakers named in the investigation. Wilson has declined comment, as has Merrill’s lawyer.

Merrill, a political operative, has deep ties in the S.C. Republican Party. This year, he was S.C. campaign director for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

The State:

Trumpism March 29, 2016 at 7:43 am

Nikki Haley is worse than an amnesty supporter, she is for open-borders; Unlimited immigration.

Haley’s declaration that “no one who is willing to work hard… should ever feel unwelcome in this country” articulates the central principle of the open-borders philosophy. In essence, this policy formula means that any willing employer should be able to hire any willing worker regardless of the country in which they reside. Under this theory, there is no limitation whatsoever to the amount of labor that can be imported into the country and, thus, there is no preference given to American citizens for jobs.

Merrill who?

Flip March 29, 2016 at 8:38 am

“there is no preference given to American citizens for jobs.”

But this is what the Republican party wants.

mamatiger92 March 29, 2016 at 10:53 am


pew pew pew!

Bible Thumper March 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Trumpism is a liar. How do you lie? You lie by what you left out with those three little dots […] in the Haley quote and her following sentence.

But you speak vvolumes about Trump, when you can’t defend him and must deflect to Haley, who is not running for office and has no chance of being President in 2017.

Tunes'n'News March 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

Nigel Tufnel or David St. Hubbins now writing headlines? The hush was almost deafening. Wilson says this is best left unsolved. Rick Quinn says lick my love pump.

mamatiger92 March 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

Smell the Glove

TK March 29, 2016 at 9:34 am

Break Like the Wind comes to mind as well.

Big Bottom March 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

How could I leave this behind?

Bobby's Revenge March 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

Say it ain’t so, Joe (Alan).
We need to get rid of all of them – Haley for accepting illegal lobbying money while a sitting House rep, McMaster for taking donations in excess of the limit, Wilson for whatever he has done that he is desperately trying to cover up, and any of the other pack of scoundrels. People who live in glass houses of cards, should be throwing up right about now. Not sure the SCSC is gonna save old Two Bars this time around.

Lone Ranger March 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

The Tea Train WILL be heard on these sound-like-Kurds and
yep it’s coming up this year

And if you’re not a Joe Wilson/Nikki Haley gutless RINO
ingrate…you’ve got nothing to fear !!!


Senators Bright, Verdin and Peeler had the guts to honor
patriots and Southern heritage by voting to KEEP the flag

And there are 20 House members with steadfast loyalty whom
Tea WILL support and about whom we can brag

Those patriot House members are Bedingfield, Burns, Chumley,
Corley, Delleney, Hardee, Hill, Johnson and Kennedy

Then Loftis—Moss (both D.C. and V.S.), Nanney, Putnam,
Simrill, Spires, Stringer, Taylor, Thaylor—and let’s see

White makes twenty and that is plenty of reason to get out
and vote this year and beyond that let us just say

Legislators’ names YOU DON’T SEE HERE…let us make it crystal
clear…need to be UNELECTED on election day !!!

M326 March 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Time to bring in the FEDS!


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