Paid for the state’s Working Families Party, the ad features Josephine Dollar, a Conway senior citizen who once hired the Republican attorney.
Dollar says she paid Rice to protect her in a battle with two estranged daughters over her personal property in an inheritance squabble.
Rice created a limited liability corporation for Dollar, she says, under pretense it would protect her assets.
The LLC was invalidated shortly after, however, and Dollar says she was forcibly removed from the home by local law enforcement. Not only did this occur due to his mismanagement, but Rice didn’t return any other calls, she states.
“I put my trust in Tom Rice, but he abandoned me,” Dollar says in the ad.
Only after spending $20,000 through other avenues did Dollar resume ownership of her home, which included farm property.
“It cost me my home, my farm, my truck, my furniture. You can’t trust Tom Rice.”
The advertisement closes by noting WFP’s endorsement of Rice’s opponent in the 7th Congressional District race, Gloria Bromell Tinubu.
“Send someone to Congress we can trust,” the ad concludes.
The last poll for this new congressional district was conducted October 3 by Winthrop Univ. Rice led in the month-old survey 48.9 percent to Tinubu’s 36.2, but over 10 percent remained undecided at that time.
At a November 1 press conference that mentioned other questionable business activities by Rice,Tinubu told WBTW that the upcoming general election was the only poll that mattered at the moment.
In his current office of Horry County councilman, Rice’s active support for development deals with a company have been challenged as questionable and insider-favorable by other council members, and due to loopholes that could financially strain the county.
Final election results could be quite different due to this news that got more coverage after the early Winthrop poll, the Democratic candidate added at the press conference.
The Working Families Party’s support for middle-class interests, including organized labor, could be relevant to voters in this district, 26.7 percent of whom stated favorable opinions of labor unions in Winthrop’s survey. Only 3.9 percent of workers in South Carolina belong to unions, however, indicating favorability to organized labor in this district to be much higher than found in the state overall.
Tinubu will appear on the November 6 ballots twice in the same race as the candidate of both the Democratic and Working Families parties.