Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The GOP race for Treasurer

The race for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer is not making headlines, but it has been downright dirty on the internet. Both campaigns have had supporters lurking on the internet sling the mud about each candidate’s lives and records. Charges of being a RINO and a tool of the legislature have been met with charges about divorces and personal lives. That is the internet. People who support someone often get overheated when they can post relatively anonymous comments.

The fact is both candidates are pretty decent guys. VUI will start with Treasurer Converse Chellis. Chellis took the job of State Treasurer in the most difficult of circumstances. The office of State Treasurer had been dominated by the late Grady Patterson. Patterson served as the State Treasurer of South Carolina from 1966 until 1994 and from 1998 until 2006. Patterson was a man beyond reproach, even to his Republican opponents. An elderly Patterson lost re-election in 2006 to the once political force named Thomas Ravenel. Ravenel brought the vigor of youth and change to the job until he was arrested on charges of distributing cocaine. No state constitutional office had ever been subjected to such a disgraceful charge and office holder.

Governor Sanford moved quickly to remove Ravenel temporarily and appointed respected Columbia area attorney Ken Wingate as Acting Treasurer. When Ravenel pled guilty to the charges against him, the General Assembly faced electing a State Treasurer. The General Assembly chose Converse Cheillis from Summerville to fill the post.

Chellis had the resume. He had served several terms in the House. He was a C.P.A. On becoming Treasurer in the worse of circumstances, Chellis moved quickly to restore respect to the office. Frankly, Chellis did that.

But the election of Chellis upset the Sanford crowd. They wanted someone else that was not supported by the General Assembly. Thus, upon his election by the General Assembly, the campaign by some factions in the Republican Party against Chellis began. Some would challenge policy. Others would lurk on the internet and smear the man behind pen names and the like. One thing was clear; there was a rank bitterness about Governor Sanford, who then was not dogged by the Argentina affair, not getting his way.

The rank bitterness remained. From it came a demand for someone to challenge Chellis in the GOP Primary. That someone turned out to be Curtis Loftis.

Loftis is no villain or ne’er do well. Loftis is a successful small businessman who served as Director of the Office of Aging and Director of Transparency in the Comptroller General’s office. Loftis is a charitable leader.

VUI believes either man could do the job of State Treasure. Neither would embarrass South Carolina as Thomas Ravenel did. But, we have to voice our disappointment at the negative comments on the internet by both camps. Such nonsense is below both men. We recognize that people in lower ballot statewide races have to get attention anyway that they can, but still, the Treasurer’s race could have been a race between two good men with different ideas. Instead, it seems to be an internet mud fight.

Mud fight or not, VUI has to make a call on this one. The staff debated. In the end, VUI concluded, that when South Carolina needed someone to clean up a mess, Converse Chellis showed up. As such, VUI endorses Converse Chellis for the Republican nomination for Treasurer for another four years. Chellis did the job when it counted most. That counts for something and earned our support in the primary.


  1. Well WillieMay 19, 2010

    Wow. What a shock. A redneck RINO from a hicktown supports the Redneck RINO treasurer from a hicktown. You need to start blogging about garbage pickup times or something. You are above your head, hillbilly. Loftis will win and will be Governor some day

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  3. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    The D-I-V-O-R-C-E did not go so well for one of the candidates. Let's talk about that.

  4. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    Curtis Loftis has a chemical imbalance that offsets his acknowledged brilliance, and ultimately destroys his efforts.

    The problem with the man is that he embraces deceitful tactics, has and thoroughly enjoys a bullying personality, and as one former boss put it, thinks he is the smartest person in the room and everyone else is not due to a character flaw.

    He walked away from two $100,000 state jobs within six months, and was paid less than $30 k by the comptroller general to be the director of transparency, which indicates he was on the payroll for about four months.

    As such, it is clear that he made only a minor contribution to the transparency issues (unless we go back to the smartest guy in the room theory).

    He walked into an aging system that had been finally set right, and left it in a shambles. Ask any Council on Aging director or Area Agency of Aging director.

    If elected, expect a public boil down when his meds wear off. He has monumental rages, screaming, asserting himself very aggresssively into people's personal space, and generally throwing his weight around in a way that destroys any future cooperation.

    Speaking of Ravenel, who has endorsed him, Curtis used to run up $1,000 bar tabs at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in the Vista, drinking $200 bottles of wine with Thomas.

    There are vile and despicible aspects to Loftis that ultimately result in him alienating and repulsing those with whom he is in contact.

    Here is an example: His favorite joke is "what do you tell a blonde with two black eyes?" Answer: Nothing, you've already told her twice and she isn't listening.

    That joke used to really gag his female associates.

  5. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    You wrote a nice post. I disagree with you, but felt you were civil and you ideas deserve respect.

    But I wonder why you would allow such a evil and anonymous post as the post number 4. It degrades your post and blog. That post shows real malice and an attempt to destroy someone with that evil, and does nothing to further the intelligent discussion.
    I think you should delete it on the grounds that evil such as that does not deserve to be spewed.

    Best regards.

  6. Motorcycle ManMay 19, 2010

    Wow, you said these guys had lurkers acting like jerks and they showed up. Thanks anon and anon for showing us why we ain't smart enough to elect this office.

  7. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    RINO is as RINO as RINO does. Yeah, yeah yeah.

  8. Maybe Loftis can share some tips on the right meds for Mr. McCarty. I think Mr. McCarty is as nutty as a they come, though he and and his holier than than thou family calls me a nutcase just because I like to keep up with what they are doing.

    You can not stop me from riding a public road, Mr. McCarty. It is your fault your house is on it and that I can see whether or not you are at home. Don't call me nuts for doing the people's business and keeping tabs on you. The people need to know what you are up to.

    Get with Loftis and get the meds you need. Mr. McCarty, you had your chances.

  9. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    Loftis will bring real reform. Chellis is Hugh Leatherman's bitch.

  10. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    The vile post was no doubt from Frank Adams. Frank works for Andre and hates Curtis as Curtis would not give him a raise.

    I wonder if Andre knows Frank is psoting about a popular cadidate and friend.

    Some people know how to hold a grudge. Frank is rather nasty.

  11. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    Interesting that a pay raise is behind a comment. Their's two people in that talk. Doesn't seem the person turned down would tell it. That leaves who was asked. Boss 101 says never talk about such matters. So this is either a bunch of BS or yet another reason to vote Converse.

  12. AnonymousMay 19, 2010

    Half of state governemnt knew Frank was looking for a rasie. The last two Directors had turned him down and he was deperate. It was on his mind all the time. Ask anyone on the second floor of Wilbur Smith.

  13. AnonymousMay 20, 2010

    You post it, and they will come.

  14. AnonymousMay 20, 2010

    To see what Converse Chellis is about, look at todays Spartnburg paper Editorial page.

    Might have to cut and paste, but well worth the read.

  15. AnonymousMay 20, 2010

    To see what Converse Chellis is all about, read the Spartanburg Editorial in today's paper. It tells the real story