Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lord's campaign ought to be ashamed

Republican Attorney General Candidate Leighton Lord is at it again. After insulting law enforcement officers and prosecutors around the state with a mail piece that touted Lords alleged “law enforcement experience,” the Lord campaign is now running radio ads touting Lord’s law enforcement experience and training. Lord himself talks about how he went after organized crime and terrorism.

Those ads sound oh so good. It is amazing what a wealthy lawyer can do with his own money and his father in law’s wealthy contacts. However, no amount of money can distract from the facts. As President John Adams once said when he was practicing law, “facts are stubborn things.”

The fact is the law enforcement experience that the Lord Campaign touts did not come from prosecuting the bad guys or being on the front lines arresting the bad guys. Lord reaches yet again to make himself to be something he is not by touting his time as a counsel to a Congressional committee as law enforcement experience.

Perhaps Lord did do important work while as counsel to that Congressional committee. But, to compare that work to the work that prosecutors and cops do is insulting to both. We at VUI have relatives and close friends who do that work. We know firsthand lawyers who work tirelessly for relatively low pay to put the bad buys away. We know firsthand cops who walk up all alone to the car stopped on some interstate. Frankly, we at VUI wonder how Leighton Lord can look a police officer in the eye in good conscious and tell them that working as a committee lawyer makes him law enforcement.

What is puzzling is why Leighton Lord’s campaign seems bent on so stretching his resume. Lord has a strong resume and contacts, especially through his in laws, which would seem to be enough. Indeed, in the earlier stages of the Attorney General’s race, Lord contended that criminal prosecution was not all that important. He touted his record as a manager of one of the state’s most powerful law firms. That made sense.

Now the Lord campaign wants to take the brief time Lord spent working for a Congressional committee and turn that into real law enforcement experience. That is a big mistake and makes no sense. It is insulting to career prosecutors and it is insulting to the men and women who are on the front lines of law enforcement.

Perhaps the consultant advising Lord has convinced him that stretching the resume will not be noticed. Perhaps the Lord Campaign thinks we are too dumb to read resumes and asks questions. But, those of us who have family and dear friends on the front lines of law enforcement are insulted. We know firsthand that working as the counsel for some Congressional committee is not like prosecuting a bad guy or walking up all alone to a car on some interstate. Money cannot buy that real world perspective about what people we care about deal with. Those people deserve respect for the jobs that they do, not someone whose campaign pretends he has done the job to get some votes.

If Lord had stuck to his true resume, perhaps he would have better standing in the eyes of VUI. But, when his campaign stretched and portrayed him as having real law enforcement experience, Lord lost us and frankly, ticked us off. Lord’s campaign ought to be ashamed.


  1. Spanky RulesMay 15, 2010

    Cry me a river, redneck. Lord has more law enforcement exprience than you. Go back to your trailer park whore and shut up.

  2. Hmmm, Spanky. I know McCarty. I think his brother is a deputy sheriff. Brian told me one of his uncles was chief of police in some town. Better be careful about that stuff. Brian usually is truthful about who he knows.

    The question to me is why Lord impersonates a cop? Was he ever one?

    Keep giving the Hell, Brian, and stand up for your folks. I am with you.

  3. Spanky RulesMay 15, 2010

    Usually truthful? That kind of sums up this McCarty guy. I bet the cops and prosecutors he knows are crooked.

  4. AnonymousMay 15, 2010

    My husband deals with all sorts of crap on his job. This Lord guy had better show how he was a cop or he can count on me voting against him every chance I get.

  5. AnonymousMay 15, 2010

    Hey McCarty, Spanky says you outweigh him and you will die first from your drinking. Arrest that, asshole.

  6. Spanky, you are a lowlife. McCarty and his brother are stand up guys. You mess with them, and you mess with me. Gay Lord can kiss my ass.

  7. AnonymousMay 15, 2010

    Lord is a proven crime fighter. He took on the crime families while Alan Wilson was failing the bar exam.

  8. AnonymousMay 15, 2010

    OK so we should vote for the guy who flunked the bar and lost more cases than he won over one of the State's top lawyers and the only guy running for office who really did help bring Boeing to SC?

    Please let's elect another Wilson, Jon Stewart needs more SC material.

  9. A Concern CitizenMay 16, 2010

    Lord is his father in law's puppet. But check this out:

  10. No, My LordMay 16, 2010

    Lord's father in law gave him the business to become on the partner fast track. Now, he is buying the AG's race.

    I am like Mr. McCarty, with a pa in law like that, why does this guy have to lie about his resume?

  11. AnonymousMay 16, 2010

    Hey was Lord counting his father in law's money while Alan Wilson was in Iraq and Robert Bolchoz was trying to get his bank bailed out?

    Sir Leighton Lord the Fourth needs to get a grip and tell the truth about his resume and stop acting like he's a cop or is not benefiting from family ties.

  12. AnonymousMay 16, 2010

    Mr. Lord supports law enforcement officers, even though most of them are dumber than dirt and are nothing more than poor trash. He is above those kind of people. Don't you hillbillies in the upstate get that? Lord is refined, had had money and he married money. The stupid cop down the street should not pick the next Attorney General. The more enlightened, urbane and educated should. I am for Lord, because he is above the dimwits who waste their careers prosecuting cases and being cops.

  13. Lord RocksMay 16, 2010

    I here you anon. Most "career" prosecutors are just lawyers too dumb or not well connected enough to get better jobs.

    Lord did not waste his career going after drunk drivers. He is a real lawyer, not like Wilson and Bolchoz and all the wannabe lawyers who support them.

    And cops? Please. If I want to some dumbass to pull people over for going 50 in a 35 I will worry about what a cop thinks.

    We need smart people running things like the AG's office. Dimwitted prosecutors and their stupid cop sidekicks don't belong there. There is something to be said for being smart and having money.

  14. AnonymousMay 16, 2010

    Yo, Lord supporters. When is last time your guy tried a case in a courtroom? I mean is such a great lawyer, right? You ought to know right off hand. Or do you need a few hours for Lord's chubby little elf side kick to make it up?

  15. Heavenly BiMay 16, 2010

    Leave my Spanky alone.

  16. AnonymousMay 16, 2010

    Amazing the response of Lord supporters. All the article said was shame for touting law enforcement experience when Lord can't provide an answer. Truth hurts, so they try to shoot the messenger. Of course, deposing an incarcerated drug dealer with federal marshalls everywhere while the giuy is in handcuffs sounds better than stating his ex[erience in real estate closings.

  17. Well WillieMay 16, 2010

    McCarty you are just jealous that Lord made something of his life and you have wasted your career. Honea Path, yeah, that's were the great people live and come from.

  18. AnonymousMay 16, 2010

    You know those guys who fail the bar exam stick together.

  19. The Young TruthMay 16, 2010

    How much beer did Wilson buy you to write this stuff? We know you know him personally and worked for his daddy. It is his daddy buying you off? Just wait and see what we find and make public about you, Mr. McCarty. It is coming.

    The truth about you will be revealed. Spanky doesn't play, bitch.

  20. AnonymousMay 17, 2010

    I am dumb cop. I say Lord can kiss my dumb ass. I hate people who pretend to be cops or firefighters when they are not.

  21. AnonymousMay 17, 2010

    We need a real leader in the AG's office. Someone with real experience who has worked to put away the bad guys. We need Robert Bolchoz as AG so bad it hurts. Not one that failed the bar or brought Boeing to SC- just a real, downhome, lawyer like Bolchoz

  22. AnonymousMay 17, 2010

    Larry, Mo, and Curly make me want to have the AG's office appointed.

  23. Bolchoz was for the bailout. Forget him.

  24. Soccer MomMay 18, 2010

    Leighton Lord is so cute in that ad of his. A cute guy with money. He has my vote.

  25. AnonymousMay 18, 2010

    I don't which is worse, daddy or daddy in law? Vote Bolchoz.