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Beattygate Expands May 18, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.



FITSNews – May 18, 2007 – Ever since we published our original article a little over two weeks ago about how potentially illegal deal-making was influencing the S.C. Supreme Court election process, it’s safe to say that all hell has broken loose at the South Carolina State House.

Recapping, we first reported on May 2 that a deal had allegedly been struck between two powerful Republican House committee chairmen and a former Republican majority leader to ensure the election of Democratic Judge Donald W. Beatty to the bench. In exchange for supporting Judge Beatty, our sources said that Rep. Harry Cato was promised the votes of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus in his bid to unseat current House Speaker Bobby Harrell, while former Majority Leader Annette Young was promised that the wife of her current employer would receive the next open seat on the court.

Now sources tell FITSNews that another Republican state legislator, Rep. Converse Chellis, is also in on the fix. Chellis, who along with Rep. Young is on the payroll of former State Representative Arnold Goodstein (wife of Supreme Court aspirant Diane Goodstein), is alleged to have thrown his weight behind Beatty not only at the behest of Goodstein, but also in exchange for an appellate court appointment for his brother, Summerville attorney James E. Chellis.

Sources also tell FITSNews that Chellis was involved in a deliberate effort to deceive black legislators about comments allegedly made by Horry County Rep. Thad Viers – who along with GOP activists, business leaders and social conservatives is opposing Beatty’s candidacy.

The latest chapter in the “Beattygate” scandal began to unfold at the House GOP Caucus meeting three days ago, when Viers gave an impassioned speech exhorting his Republican colleagues to keep House Democrats from dictating terms to them concerning Beatty’s election.

Almost immediately following Viers’ speech, Beatty supporters led by Reps. Young and Chellis reportedly played the “race card,” telling Black Caucus members that Viers had vowed in the meeting that he would never vote for an African-American candidate to the State Supreme Court.

Several State Representatives in attendance at the GOP caucus meeting swore to FITSNews that Viers said no such thing, and that Young and Chellis were responsible for leaking the bogus accusation.

“I’m not accusing them of doing that because I don’t have conclusive proof that they did that,” Viers told FITSNews. “Several Representatives have told me that’s what happened, though.”

Viers added his main criticism of Chellis was the latter’s inconsistency on local delegation issues.

“He’s always the one saying that locals should decide but he’s gotten involved in a Coastal Carolina board race and a judicial appointment in Horry County,” Viers said. “He needs to be reminded that’s a two-way street.”

While the battle over the next Supreme Court Justice continues to rage under the State House dome, it could take a major leap into the mainstream over the weekend, as FITSNews has learned that a television advertisement will begin running in the Spartanburg market tomorrow focusing on the race.

Details about the ad were not immediately available, but it is said to be a production of Conservatives In Action, a statewide non-profit 501 (c) 4 organization based in Greenville, S.C.

Count on FITSNews to provide you with the latest on tomorrow’s ad and the ongoing “Beattygate” saga …



1. believeitnot - May 19, 2007

So, why is weewillie still trying to spread his slimy rumor that a midlands elected official has a “str@m problem?” Still hoping there is some truth to it?

Someday he’ll admit he was played for a fool. Watch for more on this breaking story as we here at believeitnot.news get more reliable anonymous email updates from unnamed sources.

Why was he played for a fool so easily? He must have had visions of becoming the Matt Drudge of S.C. by finally breaking a real story. But, all weewillie can do is break wind.

His latests posts are more examples of breaking wind…sorry, breaking stories backed up by anonymous emails and unnamed sources. Reliable sources tell us the monsters under his bed have almost finished eating all his dust bunnies. What next?

In person weewillie is even more effective at breaking things: breaking doors, breaking furniture, breaking wind. Wheeew, weewille, lay off the pickled eggs and beer.

2. FITSNews - May 19, 2007

BIN sounds more and more like http://lewisandoswald.blogspot.com/ every day …


3. believeitnot - May 19, 2007

Great site but long winded and defunct; like sic(k) willie’s career potential in S.C.

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