Saturday, April 24, 2010

Explain it to us, Mr. Bolchoz

Attorney General candidate Robert Bolchoz comes across as the “everyman” on the introductory page of his campaign website. Bolchoz writes of his working class roots and how politicos have a sense of entitlement. Further, in his issues section of his website, Bolchoz opines, “When it comes to business, state government must become a resource for the state’s citizens, not a bureaucratic road block.”

That sort of rhetoric sounds good. But, then there is Bolchoz’s record. In 2004, Robert Bolchoz, of ING, gave liberal Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd $500 in Dodd’s re-election bid against a Republican candidate. According to Open Secrets, the general election contribution made by Bolchoz for Dodd was made on August 12th, 2004.

Why would a supposed conservative lawyer make such a contribution to a liberal Democrat? It appears, and VUI stresses appears, Bolchoz was just playing the corporate contribution game. As a powerful member of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd received at least $56,950 from ING employees in contributions over the years.

ING is a Dutch based financial and insurance company that took a huge bailout from the Dutch government in 2008. In 2004, it was in its fourth year of its ING Direct operation in the United States, which basically was branchless banking. While it cannot be contended that campaign contributions directly influence a lawmaker’s actions, it can be assumed that such contributions make sure the lawmaker is not offended.

Does any of the above mean that Bolchoz is some evil guy? Of course not. But, it does appear to label his “everyman” approach and conservative approach as poppycock. When Bolchoz had to play the game, he apparently did.

Perhaps VUI is wrong. We have been wrong before. We welcome Bolchoz or his supporters to explain to VUI and our readers why Dodd’s re-election was so important to conservatives and Republicans that it warranted Bolchoz writing a check to Dodd’s campaign. Our comments section is unedited and not moderated. Explain it to us, Mr. Bolchoz.

33 comments:

  1. Motorcycle ManApril 24, 2010

    OUCH! Every now and then, Brian, you drive someone nuts with things like this. Good job.

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  2. Interesting. Bolchoz seems to be a nice guy, and one of only two in the race with appropriate credentials (he and Wilson are the only two with experience in the AG office of as a prosecutor). In the presentations of the Republican candidate those two are the only ones with a legitimate background, understanding of the office, or non-BS approach.

    This separates the two. Senator Dodd was even too liberal for the Democratic party, making Obama look conservative.

    Thanks for the distinction. Nice guy, but not a conservative. Ties to the banking industry in that time frame is not a plus.

    Experience matters and he and Wilson are the only ones with experience in the race. However, his experience with the liberal left and the banking fiasco are the experience that separates the two.

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  3. If that's worth kicking Bolchoz to the curb fo then you should be willing to hang Richter out to dry! Just look at this list of Democrats who want him in office.
    Larry Richter donor list a "Who's who" of SC Democrat donors

    http://palmstatepolitics.blogspot.com/2010/04/larry-richter-donors-whos-who-of-sc.html

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  4. Bolchoz is a winnerApril 25, 2010

    I thought I would explain such to you at the Silver Elephant, but I forgot, you are some just redneck from some hick town who supposedly had some family matter to attend instead of the Silver Elephant.

    You should stick to your hick town and the hicks around you. Stop pretending to know what goes on in politics. Bolchoz gave to Dodd because Dodd is a proven conservative in banking matters, period.

    You, are a never was who sits around and thinks that people from little hick towns like yours actually matter to someone like Bolchoz.

    You are a loser. Alan Wilson, with his trophy wife, and Leighton Lord, with his bailout, will be losers come June. I promise you that. Take that to your hick town bank.

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  5. Bolchoz can kiss my hick town ass.

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  6. Dodd a conservative? WTF? The hick nailed your guy's ass to the wall. Dodd a conservative? Yeah, I buy that. And, Obama is going to make my health insurance cheaper. Bolchoz lost my vote because of the donation and because his supporters don't want hicks like me voting for him. Frank is right.

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  7. A hot wife and a big bailout will not get you elected AG. Standing up for true conservatives like Chris Dodd will.

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  8. Attention everyone, some Bolchoz supporters have drank the Kool Aid. How do we know it? They call Dodd a conservative to stand up for.

    Little wonder, the Bolchoz inner circle is made up of Sanford supporters. They love to call everyone else a RINO while they coddle up to liberals who get them paid.

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  9. I bet Bolchoz does not even know you have a blog, loser. Who cares about you and your redneck readers who log on from the trailer park?

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  10. Carl BranyonApril 25, 2010

    Obviously some Bolchoz supporters have commented on this, but still Mr. McCarty's request for an explanation remains.

    Call Mr. McCarty whatever, but it does not answer the question. Why did Bolchoz give money to the campaign of a liberal Democrat like Dodd who was running against a Republican in 2004?

    Attacking Mr. McCarty and where he lives just tells me Mr. McCarty has got you.

    I did not know who to vote for for Attorney General before, but reading these comments, I will not vote for Bolchoz.

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  11. Looks like Leighton Lord contributed to Vincent Sheheen just last year. Perhaps you need to write about that.

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  12. What's the big deal?

    When Karen Floyd was VP of Flagstar (which eventually became just Denny's Corp) she gave personal money to Bill Clinton, Fritz Hollings, Florida Senator Bob Graham. Not only that, but she attended Democratic fundraisers in both South Carolina and Washington DC that featured Bill Clinton. She was friends with Inez Tenenbaum and gave Inez a donation the same year Karen ran for County Council chair...as a Republican.

    She really skated by all of that with most of the SC blogosphere not making a peep about it.

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  13. Brian-Who do you support in the AG race?

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  14. Most SC Republicans are former Democrats.

    I think Leighton Lord is the man to beat on this side of the fence.

    Leighton gave to Sheheen because Vincent Sheheen will be our next Governor. Leighton knows Vincent will enough to see that.

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  15. The nastiness of the response tells me Sanford's klan is involved in the Bolchoz campaign.

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  16. Fighting GamecockApril 25, 2010

    If what you wrote about is true and what is said in the comments are true about Floyd and Lord, then we are really screwed. It is all about the money and people pay to play. No wonder so many people are pissed off at government today. They are all corrupt. It is a club of people who pay off each other and do not give a damn about the people they supposedly serve. To Hell with all of them.

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  17. Mr. McCarty gave money to Andre Bauer. That explains his stands on the Governor's race. McCarty does not show up on any other campaign. I guess he could only muster up so much money by refinancing his trailer.

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  18. Carl BranyonApril 25, 2010

    I hate to say this again, but I have read the new comments, and still no one explains why Bolchoz gave to Lord. I really want to know. Does anyone have a contact email or number for Bolchoz? I want to ask the question myself to his campaign.

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  19. Hell will freeze over before Bolchoz addresses why he gave to Dodd.

    He's a RINO that needs to be booted.

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  20. You Sanford/Bolchoz folks are attacking Wilson's wife for being attractive? What are you? Jealous? Such comments are telling of how committed to ideals you jackasses are. Go hit on your hispanic maids and shut up.

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  21. Capps and McCarty are world class RINOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Wow, Brian... I think that you touched a nerve with somebody... apparently, the supporters of Bolchoz don't like the fact that you pointed out such an inconvenient fact...

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  23. Wow, I think you get read more than my blog, at least by Bolchoz supporters. Be sure to thank them for stopping by.

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  24. You are a bigger fucktard that Capps, but at least you don't go around trying to make everyone think you're smart.

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  25. Mr. McCarty does not live in a trailer. He lives in a little house in front of the funeral home in Honea Path. He has an Alan Wilson sigh in his front yard. McCarty's parents live on North Main Street in Honea Path and they have have an Alan Wilson sign in their yard. McCarty's brother is a deputy sheriff under John Skipper who endorsed Wilson. You figure it out.

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  26. Mary Mac, even if what you say is true, does that explain Bolchoz's contribution to Dodd?

    As for RINOs, did McCarty give $500 to a liberal Democrat senator?

    I know companies play the contribution game, but usually the Republicans in the company give to the Republicans and Democrats give to the Democrats.

    Bolchoz needs to explain the contribution.

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  27. Look, this McCarty guy lives in a hick town, has hick friends, and has no real money.

    Who cares what he thinKs. Rob will give to who he damn well wants to and you losers on the internet had better learn to live with the fact he is going to be the next Attorney General.

    People like Brian McCarty are beneath people like Rob. Dont you understand that? Frankly Rob is a wonderful man who is above most people.

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  28. Bitsy, why doesn't Bolchoz going ahead and change his name to freaking Ghandi if he is so wonderful>

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  29. Hey if you have a six figure job and your boss suggests you write a $500 check to Fidel Castro, you do it. No need for Bolchoz to explain. I get it. He wanted to keep getting paid.

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  30. ProsecutorApril 28, 2010

    Bolchoz cold not change his name to Ghandi and the election be fair. Think about it. You would have Lord versus Ghandi and some son of a guy who said you lie. That is not fair to Forrest Wilson.

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  31. Hey Bitsy (and all the other Bolchoz supporters)... until Brian McCarty wrote this column, I had never heard of Bolchoz or knew that he was running for SC Attorney General... instead of getting your underwear in a wad, y'all might want to buy Brian a beer to thank him for raising the profile of your candidate...

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  32. I note that after nearly a week, Mr. Bolchoz and his supporters offer no explanation. What gives, Bobby Boy?

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  33. AnonymousMay 10, 2010

    Get off Bolchoz' case. He worked for ING, who lobbied Congress. He gave because he wanted something for his company from a powerful senator. He left public office to play the game with big money investments and securities. Now that they laid him off, he wants back into public service.

    What's the big deal? Its not like the attorney general is in charge of securities or something (Oh yeah, the AG does)? OK then, its not like he'd be in a position to play those games where if people give money they get payoffs (Oh yeah, while with Condon, Condon did that with tobacco litigation windfalls). He wants to continue back to prosecuting criminals (Oh yeah, he has not done that this century).

    Cut the guy some slack, at least he has more potential than Lord.

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