Ah, the filthy world of politics! The latest contrived “scandal” aimed at a state official (and candidate for re-election) and another state-wide candidate is intended to smear the two with some sordidly illicit tryst.
Aside from the potential legal issues concerning the acquisition, possession and publication of private communications, the biggest part of this story is that … THERE IS NO STORY.
Whether there was romantic involvement or not is immaterial, really. Two adults with no scorned or cheated-upon spouse in the picture.
Where’s the “scandal?”
What was this story supposed to accomplish other than embarrassing two individuals? And WHO wanted to do THAT?
Go back to the first paragraph. Both individuals are running for state-wide office. Both are fiscal conservatives who want true reform in South Carolina. One is, by position, on the all-too-powerful Budget and Control Board. The other running for a position that controls nearly $5.5 BILLION of the states funds. Oh, and that candidate is also at odds with a very powerful union.
Needless to say, neither of these persons are the preferred candidates of those established in the state’s political structure and determined to maintain South Carolina’s dismal status quo.
Were such “powers-that-be” involved in trying to embarrass these two people into withdrawing from their respective races? Probably, but I can’t prove it. If I could, my first call would likely be to SLED. But in my career – and certainly in politics – coincidence is usually the first option to be eliminated.
So, what has been the effect? The attempt, of course, was to cause a state-wide gasp of moral horror across the Palmetto stretch of the Bible Belt. But it hasn’t happened. This has become a HUGE non-issue. The title of this post comes from what I’m repeatedly hearing and reading – SO WHAT?
Well, according to unchallengeable sources, donors have been very generous to at least one of these campaigns THIS WEEK. Yeah, the effect of the attempted smear has been to actually rally contributors and public support.