Thursday, May 27, 2010

The race for State Treasurer is a mud fight

Last week VUI commented about how the race for State Treasurer was becoming a nasty affair on the internet.  Though we are leaning towards Converse Chellis for the job,because Chellis stood tall in the saddle when it counted in the wake of the Thomas Ravenel disaster,  we are still disappointed at how Chellis and his opponent Curtis Loftis have got into a mud fight.  Both men have their qualifications and they could have had a race between two well meaning candidates discussing issues.  

That, apparently, is not to be.  Instead, we are getting the nastiest race for Treasurer in the history of South Carolina.  As this year has shaped up to be one in which down ballot statewide races have a hard time to get attention, the gloves have come off in the Treasurer's race.  Never before has South Carolina seen such a race for that office.  It is nasty, it is brutal and it bare knuckle politics.   Somewhere, the late Grady Patterson has to be shaking his head. Such a race would have been beneath his dignity.

Loftis is running ads about Chellis driving a state owned SUV.  Chellis is running ads talking about how Loftis wasted hundred of thousands of dollars in his previous government positions and how Loftis was arrested back in 1990. There is a battle about who is really a C.P.A. 

Never before has such a campaign been waged for the officer of Treasurer. It is a train wreck.  People are sick of both candidates by and large and that makes the race fluid.  Who knows who will win this mud fight.  But, the mud fight is a loss for the people of South Carolina and one of the best arguments that the position should be appointed.  Mark Sanford owes a big thank you to both Chellis and Loftis for showing why South Carolina politicians can not be trusted to run for such an office.


  1. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    Time Warner has reviewed the facts of the Chellis attack piece and now refuses to air them. Other systems are being presented with the facts now and it is suspected that they will do the same. This just shows the difference between Loftis and Chellis.
    Loftis has ads that are fact based and are about the professional conduct of Chellis on the job. His facts are on
    Chellis has ads that are deemed false and misleading by a major cable system. His facts do not back up his charges, and he has GREATLY distorted the few facts he does have so that he might smear Loftis. Interestingly, most of Chellis’ accusations are concerning alleged personal conduct.
    I believe it is unreasonable for you to equate the Loftis ads with the Chellis ads. Reasonable people do not think they are the same and that is why Loftis has a 9 point lead and why Chellis is desperate.

  2. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    This is a must read concering this race. For thinking men and women, this will be invaluable.

  3. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    Man, you miss this race altogether.

    Loftis is hounding Chellis about his record. He is showing what the good old boys in Columbia do with our money. All of that should be fair game.

    Chellis cracked into SEALED divorce records containing sensitive information (including medial information on a third party) and has told only the wife’s side of the story. He treated divorce court allegations as if they were fact, which is outrageous. It is untruthful of Chellis and a violation of the honor code for Citadel men.

    Normal, average people get this. Political types don’t. No one is interested in this obvious smear attempt, and as someone that knows Curt I can tell you his campaign think these smears have backfired.
    Chellis has lost his cool and his ethics and it is embarrassing for him.

  4. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    I wish I could vote for Grady Patterson here.

    This race has a stench to it I don't like.

  5. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    Budget and Control Board vote- That is one of the prizes at stake here. Loftis has demonstrated excellence in the private and public sectors, Chellis has not. This one isn't even close for me, Loftis is the best choice.

  6. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    Anyone could have obtained the Chellis info through a FOIA request. If I filed a FOIA request, got the info and published it, would it be considered as churning mud on him, or would it be seen as an interesting find by a taxpayer? Don't kill the messenger.

  7. Chellis didn't run the Loftis divorce papers, dipshit. They ran on Wes Wolfe's blog.

    Unless you can prove Chellis had anything to do with this, which I doubt you can, keep your facts straight.

  8. AnonymousMay 28, 2010

    What is going on with the Honea Path town elections? Are they going to be this fall or the next? What is going on with the case Jim Ross filed?

  9. AnonymousMay 28, 2010

    The town has thirty days to respond to the suit filed to keep the elections in 2010. The council members were served at the last council meeting. Jim Ross

  10. Frank G.May 29, 2010

    Can someone tell me how some race in Honea Path has anything to do with the State Treasurer's race?

  11. AnonymousMay 31, 2010

    Tue evening there is a called meeting of the Honea Path council. They are to vote on an ordanance to move the elections to 2011. No announcement will be made of the meeting. This is an attempt to keep people in the dark and have no voice in government. This is the reason I filed a law suit. Everyone come out and voice thier oppisition. Jim Ross