They go right into his very own pockets -
Millions use Twitter to communicate, pontificate and extrapolate, and so do political campaigns simply for its provision of a cost-free stump to stand on and speak to voters. And so does Thomas Ravenel, the newly-declared candidate for U.S. Senate in the race to unseat Lindsey Graham, with his @ThomasRavenel account.
But sometimes, though, those uncensored Twitter accounts can be used to issue strange comments and offer questionable links. And that’s what it appears the already-confirmed-to-be-questionable T-Rav did just the other day from his.
On the evening of July 10, Ravenel (or someone using his account) quickly submitted 12 tweets in rapid succession. Each of the tweets went to three different persons, and each message offered a link of a URL-shortening and redirecting format.
We’ve all heard of politician’s children who become politicians themselves; just take the two generations of presidencies in the Adams and Bush families as examples. We know of entertainers becoming politicians, too (like Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger), and even of politicians becoming entertainers (such as Fred Thompson and “Morning Joe” Scarborough). We’re also much too familiar with politicians who later become convicts (including, but far from limited to, Spiro Agnew and “airport men’s room” Larry Craig).
And to top it off, there might be one new candidate for U.S. Senate who actually combines all of these transitional phases: meet Thomas Ravenel, the one and only politician’s son-to-politician-to-convicted felon-to-entertainer-and now back to politician. Known locally in South Carolina as “T-Rav,” he recently confirmed rumors that he wants to challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham as an independent candidate.
Each of his five phases is a tad bit filthy, though, and not just the “convicted felon” part of it. Apparently, the well-off 51-year-old who made a fortune in real estate hopes that South Carolina voters will overlook his history of hazards. But T-Rav is still standing too deep in dirt to make any progress in the race (if he actually enters it), no matter how much money he or his historical family has. And with his spoiled-brat attitude, he’ll probably piss off too many voters to get very far.
I'm tired of all the squabbling going around South Carolina Democrat circles on this Tuesday's primary election, in which state Sen. Brad Hutto will face South Carolina-newcomer Jay Stamper.
I'm tired of having to play a part in that squabble, too (although I was left with no other choice).
But when Stamper is continuing falsehoods against Hutto, and with continued tactics of ethical and moral questionability, I feel I have no choice but to make another entry on the subject, this time directly comparing the factual history of each one, complete with citations.
Documented Facts vs. Campaign Claims
We who declare ourselves to be honest, actual progressives always criticize the far-right for their open lies. So if you want to declare yourself to be an honest, actual progressive, the last thing you want to do is tell blatant lies about your opponent, especially when it's a primary opponent. Jay Stamper is doing just that, though.
I can't tell you that I know Brad Hutto personally. In fact, I have to date never met him - never spoken with him - never communicated with him in any way. I can't tell you that I agree with him on each and every issue, either.
But not one voter will ever find a candidate whom he or she will agree with 100 percent of the time. Shoot, I don't agree with my wife every single time, either, and you'll never find a married couple (or any two people) who can say that they do. But Debbie and I are still married (15 years and counting!). I still love her dearly. We still live productive, happy lives together.
And I can still openly support Brad Hutto in his bid for U.S. Senate, as well, especially with his established, factual, and documented record of openly supporting the same progressive issues and causes that I support and fight for, too.
There are still some progressive, liberal voters in South Carolina who are openly supporting Jay Stamper (but only some, mind you). At the same time, though, recent polls found that many intended voters in June 10's Democratic primary elections were still undecided in this race.
So if you are one of those progressive, liberal voters who's kept an open (and progressive and liberal) mind regarding this race, I ask you to ask yourself this one question: will you choose A) a candidate with an established, recorded, and proven record of progressive stances, or B) a candidate who denounces the other candidate with falsehoods, who has a criminal record, and whose only publicly-recorded history is of pranks and scandals?
I ask you to support the A) option of Brad Hutto this Tuesday. Even if you don't care for any of the above statements I made about Stamper, you can't refute them or counter-argue, and you sure as hell can't contest the statements I offer about Hutto, all of which are documented fact.
And I ask you to remember the elections this November. Incumbent Lindsey Graham is very likely to win on Tuesday, and without need for runoff. His primary win won't be impressive enough, though; a majority of Republican voters said in a recent poll that they could not confirm support of Graham in the general election. Add in the third party candidates, and this one's open game for a Democrat to win. But not for a so-called Democrat like Stamper, whose deeply questionable background won't get him out of the starting gate. Hutto, however, can take it all, and can take our state of South Carolina one step further in the 21st Century.
If you are a true progressive - or true liberal, or Democrat, or lefty, or whatever term you use in self-identification --- then hold true to your ideals and vote for Brad Hutto on June 10. And in November, too.