Damn, We Hate It When We’re Right October 3, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
ANNETTE YOUNG DOLING OUT GOODSTEIN DOLLARS, HARRY CATO RAKING IN DEMOCRATIC COMMITMENTS
FITSNews – October 3, 2007 – The term in Latin is “quid pro quo,” or “something for something.”
Earlier this year, we reported that several powerful S.C. Republicans were conspiring to elect a liberal Democrat to the State Supreme Court for the sole purpose of advancing their own political careers or helping elect their employers and family members to positions of power. As the flap unfolded, additional Republicans were implicated in the scam, which ultimately succeeded in placing Democrat Donald W. Beatty on the State Supreme Court.
Beatty and his chief GOP supporters – Rep. Annette Young, Rep. Harry Cato, Rep. Converse Chellis and Rep. Dan Cooper – all denied that any illegal deals were cut, and even called our founding editor Sic Willie a liar for suggesting otherwise.
“There is absolutely no truth to the accusations,” Young told said at the time. “If you believe Will Folks, you need to see a doctor.”
Hmmm … let’s fast-forward a couple months, shall we?
According to this story in yesterday’s Summerville Journal Scene, as we predicted Judge Diane Goodstein, the wife of Rep. Young’s employer, former Rep. Arnold Goodstein, has once again filed to run for the State Supreme Court. Also filing for a circuit court position as we predicted is James Chellis, brother of State Treasurer Converse Chellis, another of the influential Republicans who threw his support behind Beatty in this year’s Supreme Court race.
Well, well, well … you don’t say. Quid pro quo, right?
You bet your ass it is.
It’s no secret beneath the State House dome that Rep. Young and Treasurer Chellis agreed to back Judge Beatty this year in exchange for Democratic support for Goodstein and James Chellis, respectively, in 2008.
There’s only one problem with that arrangement – it’s completely illegal.
And while Rep. Young continues to deny that any favor-trading is taking place, two prominent State House lobbyists personally observed her hand-delivering campaign checks from Arnold Goodstein to Republican state legislators at a recent GOP gathering in Greenville.
Rep. Young has also “guaranteed” that Diane Goodstein will emerge as one of three “qualified candidates” from the ostensibly impartial judicial screening process this time around, which is quite a boast given how poorly Goodstein fared during the last screening.
Checking in on Rep. Cato’s quid pro quo, FITSNews has learned that the powerful House Committee Chairman has received dozens of Democratic commitments in his as-yet-unannounced campaign for House Speaker Pro Tempore, the first stepping stone in his bid to become the next Speaker of the House.
Of course everybody involved in this flagrant display of vote-swapping is still denying it, but they kind of have to deny it seeing as telling the truth would mean admitting they broke the law.
Well, that and the fact they’re basically whores for the Democratic party.
In the meantime, we’re going to continue to watch this drama unfold precisely as we predicted it would from the beginning.
Hopefully, at some point in this process, the increasingly implausible stream of bullsh*t emanating from these Republican turncoats regarding their involvement in this flagrant influence-peddling scam will receive the investigative scrutiny it deserves.
UPDATE – Actually, we did get one thing wrong in this story – the headline. Turns out we don’t “hate it when we’re right” after all. Truth is, we kinda like it. It’s a lot like one of those Scooby Doo episodes where the bad guys are all unmasked and tied up and they’re muttering “goshdarnit, we would’ve gotten away with it if it wasn’t for that dagnabbit Sic Willie.”