Don’t Look Now – S.C. Majority Leader’s “Pants On Fire” August 4, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
MERRILL SPIN MACHINE IN OVERDRIVE OVER “MEMOGATE” AUTHORSHIP
FITSNews – August 4, 2007 – S.C. House Majority Leader Jimmy Merrill went to the mattresses yesterday afternoon over his alleged authorship of an overtly-sexist memo that consumed the State House in scandal six years ago. In this morning’s (Charleston) Post and Courier, Merrill bluntly denied that he wrote the document responsible for the infamous “Memogate” scandal in 2001, while behind the scenes Merrill supporters told FITSNews that former Rep. David Owens was the document’s author.
“That is an outright, blatant lie,” Merrill told the Post when asked about his alleged authorship of the memo. “It is the dumbest, most ludicrous thing.”
Each one of our sources, however, stood by their previous statements that Merrill was in fact the memo’s author and rejected the claim that Owens wrote the controversial document, which suggested that college-aged female pages at the State House should wear short skirts and no underwear to work while answering to the terms “babe,” “honey,” “sugar,” and “little missy.”
Owens was not immediately available to respond to the Merrill camp’s claim that he was the document’s author.
“Jimmy’s flat-out lying,” one former legislator told FITSNews. “I think David Owens may have been in the room when Jimmy was writing it, but I don’t remember him contributing to it in the slightest. (The memo) was written by Jimmy on Jimmy’s computer with James Law looking over his shoulder. Law may have made some suggestions to it, but it was Jimmy who did all the writing.”