Sanford “Throws An Elbow” In Treasurer’s Race August 2, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
S.C. GOVERNOR GETS ROUGH WITH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OVER SUCCESSOR TO RAVENEL
FITSNews – August 2, 2007 – It will probably never be publicly reported that Gov. Mark Sanford was the man behind the anonymous leak of sensitive information targeting would-be State Treasurer Converse Chellis. Proving such a link would be impossible, and while the operation is littered with the calling cards of gubernatorial gopher boy/ dirt-digger Scott English, tracing the origin of the leak back to Sanford’s office is about as likely as Sen. Hugh Leatherman coming out and admitting he used grants to buy votes on the floor of the S.C. Senate.
Of course when you think about it, if everybody knows the “score” of the game, then the technicalities really don’t matter all that much. And everybody on the inside clearly knows what the score is in this case. Sanford, who has never been fond for dishing out political jabs, reminds us a lot of former Boston Celtics’ great Bill Russell, who used to get beat up like crazy under the basket by his opponents because he couldn’t bring himself to throw an elbow. Well, Celtics’ owner Red Auerbach sat Russell down one day and told him to “throw one elbow, one time during a nationally-televised game and you’ll never have to do it again.”
Russell threw the elbow, and nobody ever messed with him under the basket after he did. So … will Sanford’s presumed “elbow throw” have the same effect? We’ll have to wait and see. Several legislators have told us they are not going to vote for Chellis in the wake of yesterday’s allegations, and Chellis’ refusal to address the issue appears to be stoking their concern about the veracity of the claims. But whether Chellis wins the Treasurer’s election tomorrow or not, a fundamental shift in strategy appears to have occurred under the basket in South Carolina politics.