Ravenel's Arrest Highlights Hypocrisy 

He Ain't The Only One: Those family values guys are a laugh a minute

He Ain't The Only One: Those family values guys are a laugh a minute

Last week, State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel was indicted on a single federal charge of "conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute" and was immediately suspended by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Allegedly, Ravenel has had possession of cocaine dating back to late 2005 and up to the point of his indictment, according to U.S. Attorney Reginald Lloyd.

It sounds to me like Ravenel got caught in the crosshairs of a little bit of rat-on-rat action. Having put himself in a position of risk, he is now enjoying the benefits of his investment.

I find it immensely entertaining that Ravenel, who came of age in the '80s, is accused of indulging in the GOP drug o' choice from the Reagan Era. A snoot full of booger-sugar — in this day and age?

Anyhoo, June has been a big month for South Carolina Republicans showing their true colors.

The Berkeley County Republican Party just requested an internal audit of its finances in the wake of the discovery that former chairman Bill Wilcox bounced a $429 check to the insurance carrier for its county convention site.

Now, one could make the argument that this was a garden-variety clerical error until you learn of a conviction and several pending charges against him for writing fraudulent checks under $500, according to a recent Post and Courier report.

Wilcox withdrew his candidacy before the April convention citing, I'm guessing, a desire to spend more time with his family.

Okay, lessee. Drugs? Check. Money? Check. What are we missing? Oh, yeah — SEX!

Also this month, state Rep. Thad Viers (R-Horry) pleaded no contest to charges that he had made phone calls to the then-boyfriend of his estranged wife, threatening physical harm and sexual assault against the man and his family.

What made Viers' conviction on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful communication all the more tasty was that he and the buddies who helped him were (allegedly) stupid enough to leave recorded messages of the threats.

According to The State, which obtained copies of the recordings, a caller to James "Jon" Zeigler's phone indicated he would sodomize Zeigler and his family, including his mother. The caller addressed Zeigler by a common racial epithet even though Zeigler is, by all accounts including his mother's, a white man.

The caller also questioned Zeigler's sexual orientation by addressing him as a "faggot" even though the caller had reason to believe Zeigler was banging the soon-to-be former Mrs. Viers.

Now there's some thinkin' going on there!

Fifth Circuit Asst. Solicitor Todd Wagoner told the magistrate's court that a caller had threatened to shoot Zeigler in the face and had frightened him to the point that Zeigler had begun sleeping with a shotgun.

It's a good thing for Zeigler that Republicans are such strong supporters of Second Amendment guarantees.

Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) represented Viers and characterized Zeigler's complaint against Viers thusly, "This was an attempt of a paramour of my client's wife to get back at my client."

Oh, really.

It gets better as Rutherford said Viers was "under the influence of love" when he made the calls.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Chas) said in a statement that Viers will not face punishment or censure from the body for his crime: "The people have had their day in court and once again, our state's legal system has proven that no one is above the law."

Gov. Mark Sanford told The State he'd have canned Viers. "In life, there are consequences for anything we do. I think, particularly in positions of leadership, we're expected to lead by example."

Perhaps the boys should choose better examples as American political history is littered with the flamed-out careers of the self-indulgent.


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